The parents of two said it was a mutual decision and they "look forward to maintaining the best parts" of their relationship "for years to come."
Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies have mutually announced their separation after nearly 15 years of marriage. They requested discretion from their fans for the sake of their two children.
In the post, which was shared to both of their Instagram pages, both actors shared a mutual respect and appreciation for one another as "parents, people and artists," adding, "[We] look forward to maintaining the best parts of our relationship for years to come."
The couple are parents to two young children, daughter Charlotte Easton, born in 2013, and son Theodore Vigo two years later.
For the sake of those children, it's great to see that the couple appears to be approaching this separation with maturity and mutual respect. They opened their statement with a genuine "gratitude for every year we have spent together and the thousands of beautiful memories shared" and closed it with the phrase "lots of love," signed by both.
In 2013, the "She's All That" star spoke with People, where she admitted the couple got married fast. "We got engaged after dating for maybe five months and we got married a couple of months after that," she told the outlet. "There was just so much more both of us wanted to do. We wanted to travel and accomplish a lot more in our professional lives."
That's why they chose to wait almost a decade into their marriage before having kids. "We just felt like it was the right time finally," Cook said. "We're not getting any younger."
While the couple has not revealed any details as to why they're separating, Cook did speak with Us Weekly in January 2018 about at least one area in the marriage that she needed to work on.
"Something I need to learn, myself, is it's a wonderful thing to be self-sufficient but it's also good to be actively vulnerable so your partner can feel needed as well," she said, referring to the "Vampire Diaries" and "Originals" star. "That's an important part of a partnership because it defines their role as your rock in this life. It's something that I need to get a little bit better at."
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