Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor to separate after 17 years of marriage

Actors were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority

Actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have announced that they are separating after 17 years of marriage.

Stiller and Taylor released a joint statement on Friday announcing their breakup. They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

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, the actors wrote.

We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.

Taylor has appeared in several of Stillers films, including Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder and Zoolander and its sequel.

The statement was first reported on Friday by Entertainment Tonight.

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