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Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor's SHOCKING Reason For Ending Their 17-Year Marriage

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor SEPARATING After Nearly 20 Years
Source: BACKGRID

Jun. 1 2017, Updated 5:26 p.m. ET

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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor SEPARATING After Nearly 20 Years
Source: BACKGRID

After 18 years as a couple and 17 years married, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor are calling it quits! The former couple stated in a joint statement that People got their hands on, "With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent as a couple, we have made the decision to separate."

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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor SEPARATING After Nearly 20 Years
Source: BACKGRID

The 51-year-old actor and his 45-year-old future ex wife have two kids together — Ella, 15, and Quinlin, 11 — who they plan on remaining on civil terms for.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor SEPARATING After Nearly 20 Years
Source: BACKGRID

"Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends."

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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor SEPARATING After Nearly 20 Years
Source: BACKGRID

So why did the former costars and lovers decide to break things off? "It gets hard — he has a very busy Hollywood career, and she's been very focused on being a mom," a source told People.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor SEPARATING After Nearly 20 Years
Source: BACKGRID

"Christine and Ben respect each other and will do anything to make sure their kids are happy and secure."

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor SEPARATING After Nearly 20 Years
Source: BACKGRID

What do you think was the real reason Ben and Christine split after so many years together? Do you believe their reason? Sound off in the comments!

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