My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos has filed for divorce from her actor husband Ian Gomez after almost 24 years of marriage.
Vardalos cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the motivation for her filing for divorce and also stated that the couple had already been separated for a year.
In a joint statement published by several media outlets on Tuesday, the couple said the following: “We’ve been respectfully separated for a lengthy period of time. Our relationship became a friendship so the decision to end the marriage is completely mutual and amicable. It is our hope that decency will prevail on the reporting of this story which will soon be yesterday’s news. Thank you for respecting our privacy.”
The 55-year-old Greek-Canadian is also asking for joint legal and physical custody of their 11-year-old daughter, Ilaria Gomez, who the couple adopted in 2008.
Vardalos and Gomez wed in September 1995 and she has said on many occasions that the events in her real life leading up to finding true love played a role in inspiring her writing My Big Fat Greek Wedding.