Sylvester Stallone, another celebrity leaving California: He chose the 'free state of Florida'

The wife of Governor Ron DeSantis celebrated the actor's decision and assured him that he would enjoy greater freedom and security in his new home state.

Actor Sylvester Stallone announced during the premiere of the second season of his reality show "The Family Stallone" his decision to move from California, thus joining a list of millionaires leaving the leftist state in search of better opportunities.

During the show, the renowned actor informed his three daughters, Scarlet, 21, Sistine, 25, and Sophia, 27, that he and his wife, Jennifer Flavin, agreed to move "permanently" from California and settle down in Florida. "We're gonna sell this house. We already have the place, it's a done deal," added the Rocky star.

Later, in an interview with Fox News Digital, Stallone's wife explained that her closest loved ones had already decided to leave the state, leaving them with no major reason to stay. "I was born and raised there, two of our kids were born there, but now everyone's out, our daughters moved to the East Coast … so there wasn't really anything left for me in California. A few of our best friends also moved, so I think it's [a] good change, just making new friends, living a totally different lifestyle, I love it, I'm really happy," she said.

DeSantis' wife welcomes the actor

After the news became public, Casey DeSantis, wife of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, welcomed the Stallone family in a message posted on the X platform.

"Welcome to the free state of Florida!" she exclaimed. "In addition to respecting and protecting your God-given, constitutional right to be free, you can also buy toothpaste without having an armed guard in CVS unlock it for you," she added, criticizing the situation in California.

Other celebrities also flee California

Stallone is not the only famous person who chooses to leave California. Comedian and mixed martial arts commentator Joe Rogan changed his life by moving from the left-leaning state to Texas in 2020. Tesla CEO Elon Musk also moved, choosing the state governed by Greg Abbott as his new home.

In 2022, actor Mark Wahlberg revealed his plans to move from California to Nevada to give his children a better quality of life. Later, in 2023, actor Scott Baio joined the Californian exodus, referring to the crime problems that led him to make that decision and move to Florida.

Other high-income citizens move out of California

Celebrities are not the only ones to choose to escape the state governed by Gavin Newsom. High-income citizens are also leaving California due to policies implemented by Democratic leaders.

The difficult economic situation and high personal income tax rates are some of the factors driving wealthy people to seek more financially favorable environments.

Florida and Texas are the most popular destinations among those with high incomes due to their lack of personal income tax, a significant draw for those with considerable incomes. Additionally, Florida stands out for its growth outlook, protection of wealth and assets, as well as a favorable financial climate.