Elliot Page, Emma Portner divorcing after 3 years of marriage, plan to 'remain close friends'

Charles Trepany, USA TODAY
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Elliot Page and Emma Portner are divorcing after three years of marriage.

The couple announced their decision to separate in a joint statement provided to USA TODAY on Tuesday.

“After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce following our separation last summer," reads the statement. "We have the utmost respect for each other and remain close friends.”

In January 2018, Page announced that he and Portner — a dancer, choreographer and contemporary jazz teacher at the Broadway Dance Center in New York — had married. Page shared the news on Twitter and Instagram, with a photo of the couple's hands showing off wedding bands on their ring fingers.

"Can’t believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife. @emmaportner," read Page's caption at the time.

Elliot Page and Emma Portner have announced they are divorcing after three years of marriage.
Elliot Page and Emma Portner have announced they are divorcing after three years of marriage.

Though the couple's latest statement notes they separated last summer, Portner was among Page's many supporters when "The Umbrella Academy" star came out as transgender in December. Page also wished Portner a happy birthday on Instagram in November.

"I am so proud of @elliotpage," Portner wrote on Instagram, following Page's announcement. "Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much."

Page announced he was transgender and uses he/they pronouns in a statement on Twitter and Instagram. The star previously came out as gay in 2014 (though has since defined himself as queer), and claimed producer/director Brett Ratner outed him as such when he was 18.

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Contributing: Maria Puente, David Oliver

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