Ben Stiller separates from his wife, Christine Taylor after 17 years of marriage, ET reports. The couple shared the decision to call it quits through a joint statement released on Friday.

Zoolander star Ben Stiller and his wife, Christine Taylor, whom you know best for her role as Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch Movie – she also held a role in Zoolander – have decided to end their marriage after 17 years of “for better or for worse”.

Stiller, 51, and Taylor, 45, released a statement to ET on Friday, in which they announced they had made the decision to go their separate ways. “With tremendous love and respect for each other” the two will continue to co-parent their children and continue their relationship as “the closest friends”.

After dating Jeanne Tripplehorn, Calista Flockhart and Amanda Peet, in 2000 Ben Stiller decided to settle down with a fourth actress, Christine Taylor. “When I met her, I pretty much thought, ‘That’s the person” Stiller was telling ET in 2007. They met when they were filming a TV pilot for a series called Heat Vision and Jack, which was supposed to air on Fox, but never did. They tied the knot in May of 2000. The ceremony was held on a beach in Hawaii.

Ben and Christine have appeared on the screen together in several movies, including Zoolander (2002) and Zoolander 2 (2016), DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004) , Tropic Thunder (2008) and Arrested Development (a sitcom that aired from 2003 to 2006).

The couple shares daughter 15-year-old Ella Olivia, and 11-year-old son Quinlin Dempsey.


Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor.
Photo: Richard Shotwell /Invision /AP


Last year, in November, Ben Stiller opened-up about his prostate cancer diagnosis, that he stood quiet about for two years. “It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea”, he told Howard Stern at the time, adding that he was scared and confused. “It just stopped everything”, the actor said, “because you can’t plan for a movie because you don’t know what’s gonna happen.” He considered himself very fortunate, as his cancer was detected through a routine test and in very early stages, thus being treatable.