Thursday 29 September 2016

X-Men star James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff to divorce after 10 years

Published 13/05/2016 | 22:09

James McAvoy and wife Anne-Marie Duff attend the red carpet arrivals of
James McAvoy and wife Anne-Marie Duff attend the red carpet arrivals of "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby" during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff attend the UK Premiere of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" at Odeon Leicester Square on May 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff had been married for 10 years

Actor James McAvoy and his wife Anne-Marie Duff are ending their nine-year marriage.

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The 37-year-old X-Men star and the 45-year-old actress made the surprise announcement in a joint statement on Friday.

They wrote: "It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce."

The statement was obtained by People magazine.

James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff attend the UK Premiere of
James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff attend the UK Premiere of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" at Odeon Leicester Square on May 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

The McAvoys are parents to a five-year-old son named Brendan, and they insist they are fully committed to ensuring his welfare is protected in light of their split.

"We enter this next phase with continued friendship, love and respect for one another and the shared focus of caring for our son," they added. "We ask that you respect our and, most importantly, our child’s privacy during this time."

James and Anne-Marie first met in 2004 while they worked together on the British version of TV comedy Shameless. The couple married in 2006 but kept their relationship out of the press for quite some time.

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James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The Scottish actor explained to Britain's The Daily Record newspaper they were not interested in becoming a media "target", adding, "We've been offered a hell of a lot of parts playing opposite each other in films and TV and we just turn them down," he explained. "If you do work together you put yourself up, you make yourself a target and you make your relationship a target and all of that. We're very keen not to do that."

But they did team up for 2009 film The Last Station, which also featured Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer.

James' career has changed tremendously within the past decade, as he continues to land roles in Hollywood blockbusters like the X-Men movies, Wanted, opposite Angelina Jolie, and last year's Victor Frankenstein, and in an interview with Contactmusic.com, he confessed his growing international stardom had begun to take a toll on his family life.

"It's always difficult to go away (and film a movie) as a family person," he shared. "Paps don't really bother me. I get stopped but people are nice. I don't mind that. I've never minded that. It's just the separation of family life, relationship and child."

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