Big changes are happening in the world of Matt and Amy Roloff. After 26 years of marriage (and seven seasons of filming), the husband and wife stars of TLC's reality series, "Little People, Big World," have decided to part ways — for now, at least.
"Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation," the couple confirmed in a statement to Yahoo TV. Still, it seems they will be spending a lot of time together. "Matt remains living on the farm in our guesthouse and we work together everyday on the farm, on our business endeavors, and most importantly, raising our amazing children."
At this point, however, those children are nearly grown: Twins Jeremy and Zach are 23, Molly is 20, and Jacob, the youngest, is 17.
"Amy and I are separated," Matt said in the clip above from a one-hour special entitled "New Year, Big Changes" slated to air on March 25. "Last year, it was long — long and tough." He goes on to reveal that he moved into the bridle house right around Thanksgiving. "Amy and I stuck it out for years when maybe we shouldn't have," he added. "I never quite felt at home in my own home. Something needed to change."
For her part, Amy admits that it was not her choice for him to leave. "I think what Matt and I failed to do over many, many years together was learn to live together," she reflects. "I'm saddened by it."
The episode provides a glimpse into some of the challenges they faced when the kids were all home to celebrate the holidays, but ended up having to cope with the unavoidable tension instead. (Zach seemed particularly displeased with the new living arrangement.) Despite this, however, the Roloffs apparently planned an elaborate New Year's Eve party — though there's no word on how it ultimately turned out.
"We don't have a plan for how we're going to work this out, so it's not going to be easy," Amy lamented with a sigh.
Only time will tell whether Matt and Amy reconcile or not, but in the meantime there's no doubt that the TLC stars will keep on keeping on.
"We sincerely appreciate the unwavering support, understanding and prayers from our family, friends and many fans," the couple stated. "May God Bless you."
New episodes of "Little People, Big World" start March 25 at 9 p.m. on TLC.