Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie Announce 'Amicable' Separation
Hilary Duff has put her marriage to hockey husband Mike Comrie on ice.
The couple, who have a 20-month-old son, Luca Cruz, announced the end of their three-year union on Friday in a statement from Duff's rep.
"Hilary Duff and husband Mike Comrie have mutually decided to an amicable separation," the statement read. "They remain best friends and will continue to be in each other's lives. They are dedicated to loving and parenting their amazing son, and ask for privacy at this time."
Duff, 26, and Comrie, 33, wed on Aug. 14, 2010, in Santa Barbara, after three years of dating. Luca was born on March 20, 2012. They plan to share custody of their son.
Comrie retired from the NHL in 2012 due to injury.
It's not unusual for celebrities to release big news like this on the Friday leading into an eventful weekend. With all eyes in Hollywood on the Golden Globes, the announcement was no doubt calculated to be as under-the-radar as possible. There were no signs that there was any trouble in their relationship prior to Friday's announcement. As recently as New Year's Eve, she was posting smiling pictures of their family to her Instagram account.
Following Friday's announcement, Duff tweeted her thanks for the support from her fans:
Mike and I are sitting here,we are so appreciative for all of your kindness& well wishes. Not an easy day but were getting thru it together
— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) January 10, 2014
A source told People that "there was no major incident – no big event between the two of them. They really did drift apart. They have put effort and thought into this decision for a long time. They tried couples therapy, but in the end, they realized at this time, they work better as friends. And they really are great friends."
The separation marks another big chapter in the life of the former star of Disney Channel's "Lizzie McGuire," who was looking to jumpstart her fading showbiz career. Back in August, she told Ryan Seacrest that she was headed back into the studio to record new music. And she spoke with Idolator about the type of music fans might be able to expect from her, saying that she's particularly into EDM.
In October, she even posted several photos to Instagram of herself in the studio.