Wednesday 26 July 2017

Zoolander stars Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

Ben Stiller (L) and Christine Taylor attend the
Ben Stiller (L) and Christine Taylor attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor attend the Berlin fan screening of the Paramount Pictures film 'Zoolander No. 2' at CineStar on February 2, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor attend the UK Premiere of "Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb" at Empire Leicester Square on December 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor attend the UK Premiere of "Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb" at Empire Leicester Square on December 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller in 2001's Zoolander
Actor Ben Stiller (L) and his wife actress Christine Taylor pose as he is honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on December 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Christine Taylor Stiller and Ben Stiller attend the after party for the Broadway opening night of "The House of Blue Leaves" at Sardi's on April 25, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images)
Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller in 2001's Zoolander

Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have announced they will separate after 17 years of marriage.

The Hollywood couple, who have shared the big screen throughout their marriage, announced the split on Friday.

in a joint statement to US showbiz programme Entertainment Tonight, they said: "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.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor attend the Berlin fan screening of the Paramount Pictures film 'Zoolander No. 2' at CineStar on February 2, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor attend the Berlin fan screening of the Paramount Pictures film 'Zoolander No. 2' at CineStar on February 2, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

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

Stiller, 51, and Taylor, 45, married in Hawaii in 2000 and have two children.

They have appeared together in movies such as Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and the two Zoolander films.

Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller in 2001's Zoolander
Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller in 2001's Zoolander
Actor Ben Stiller (L) and his wife actress Christine Taylor pose as he is honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on December 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Ben Stiller (L) and his wife actress Christine Taylor pose as he is honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on December 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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