Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have announced that they are ending their 18 years of relationship. The couple issued a joint statement on Friday announcing their separation, but did not reveal the reason behind their separation.
"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. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time," Ben and Christine issued a joint statement to ET Online on Friday.
Ben and Christine met in 1999 while shooting for Fox TV pilot Heat Vision and Jack. They started dating and within almost seven months later they got engaged in the same year. In May 2000, Ben and Christine tied the knot in an oceanfront ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii.
Ben proposed to Christine when he was shooting for the film Meet the Parents.
"I proposed to Christine [actress Christine Taylor] when I was rehearsing Meet the Parents... I asked her father for permission before I did it...," he told Parade in 2013. "It was like 'Meet the Parents' in real life, because Christine's father is an intimidating guy who owns a security company; we're good friends now, but at the time I was in the basement rec room saying, 'I really would like to marry your daughter...'"
"He's a man of few words but he was very welcoming. I was more nervous asking him than asking her...[Christine and my] relationship was a gradual thing that happened over a quick period of time, maybe seven or eight months," he further said.
Ben and Christine have two children together daughter Emma, 15, and son Quinlan, 11.
Meanwhile, fans are disappointed and heartbroken after Ben and Christine announced their separation. Here is how fans reacted:
I'm legitimately sad that Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor are getting divorced— bryan (@dangerbove) May 27, 2017
First Ben and Jen, then Brangelina, now Ben Stiller and his wife— bear (@cecilialopezzz) May 26, 2017
Don't even try to tell me that love exists
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor are separating so I don't really see the need to go on in life any longer.— Sarah Cooper (@saycoop8) May 27, 2017
#BenStiller y su esposa, la actriz #ChristineTaylor, se separarán después de 17 años de matrimonio!! ? Los actores hicieron la revelación en un comunicado conjunto: "Con tremendo amor y respeto el uno por el otro, y los 17 años que pasamos juntos como pareja, hemos tomado la decisión de separarnos. Nuestra prioridad seguirá siendo educar a nuestros hijos. Pedimos amablemente que los medios de comunicación respeten nuestra privacidad en este momento". ??? #entretenimientorcn @entretenimientorcn @canalrcnoficial