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'The Mentalist' Star Simon Baker & Wife Rebecca Rigg Call It Quits After 29 Years Of Marriage

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Jan. 29 2021, Published 4:03 p.m. ET

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The Mentalist star Simon Baker and his wife, Rebecca Rigg, have called it quits after 29 years of marriage.

“We remain close friends and our three children will always be the most important focus of our lives,” the pair said in a joint statement.

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Baker and Rigg were first linked in the early ‘90s and went on to star in the Australian soap opera E Street together. They share three children: Stella, 27, Claude, 22, and Harry, 19. 

When talking about his relationship with Rigg, The Devil Wears Prada actor explained why the couple never made time to celebrate their anniversary. “We’ve never really been big on it. Anniversaries, they’re an odd thing, aren’t they?" Baker said in 2018, adding: “I think we put too much pressure on it.”

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The 51-year-old TV star stressed that he and Rigg were different. “It’s not like that with us,” he said. “We’re a team. Most of the time, 99 percent of the time, we’re really great friends. So I don’t need to mark it with great things.” 

Baker went on to say that the two relied on spontaneity to keep their relationship going. “When we put too much pressure on something, everything gets a little clipped and we don’t feel like we’re ourselves,” he said. “And I think the most important thing in our relationship is that we’re both able to be ourselves. I think it’s probably the most important thing in most relationships, isn’t it?” 

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Rigg is an Australian actress, best known for her roles in Fatty Finn, Ellie Parker and a bit part in the classic film Jerry Maguire. After the birth of her youngest son, she retired from acting to take care of her children. She came out of retirement to appear in the film Fair Game alongside longtime friend Naomi Watts in 2010.  

PEOPLE was the first to report of their split. 

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