Another Hollywood marriage has come to an end. Actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have announced they are separating after 17 years of marriage.
The pair exclusively announced their split in a joint statement to Entertainmet Tonight on Friday, "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.”
Stiller and Taylor met while filming a never-broadcast TV pilot called Heat Vision and Jack. In an 2013 interview with Parade, Stiller recalled proposing to Taylor, “ I proposed to Christine when I was rehearsing 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."
The couple would later tied the knot in May 2000 at an oceanfront ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii. The two welcomed daughter Ella Olivia in April 2002 and son Quinlin Dempsey in July 2005.
The pair starred together in five films including Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder, Arrested Development, and most recently, Zoolander 2.
News of the split comes as somewhat of a surprise, given that the Stiller told ET, that the secret to the couple’s long-lasting marriage was having a sense of humor, “I think you got to laugh. Because you know after a while you know life is life you know? We all have to deal with what life throws at us, so you got to have a sense of humor about it. If you can share that, at the end, it makes a huge difference.”