Sigh! Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have confirmed that their marriage is over after 17 years. In a joint statement to Entertainment Tonight, the couple said “With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate.”
“Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends”. They also requested for privacy during this tough time.
The two comedic actors started dating while filming a TV pilot called Heat Vision and Jack, the show however never really picked up, but their relationship sure picked up – the duo dated for just a year, and got married in a beach ceremony in Hawaii, exactly 17 years ago this month. Ben proposed after they’d been dating just seven months, and in an old interview, he compared the situation to one of his biggest movies, Meet the Parents.
“I asked her father for permission before I did it, It was like Meet the Parents in real life, because Christine’s father is an intimidating guy who owns a security company.”
Their announcement comes as a shock, as Ben and Christine don’t really make it in the tabloids, and they’ve been exceedingly private in their relationship. After all, they were together before social media existed – scandals just weren’t as easy to come by in 2000. The duo have two lovely children together.
Here is what we know.