Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton-Rock have decided to end their marriage.
“Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak,” the actor’s rep told E! News. “This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.”
The two are parents to two daughters, ages 12 and 10.
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Compton-Rock, 45, said in a statement to People magazine. “Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties.”
“While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority,” she added. “It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.”
According to sources, the couple has been having ‘marriage issues for years’ and they’ve been living separately.
“They care deeply for their kids’ well-being and they wanted to wait to make any announcement,” the source added. “They feel this is the best decision for their kids and each other.”
We hate to see couples split, but it sounds like they’re doing it on the best terms as possible.