Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth have decided to end their marriage, according to a joint statement they released on Friday. The couple announced their split up just days before their 12th wedding anniversary.
They stated that the decision was made with “great care and consideration” and that they will move forward with “deep love, kindness and mutual respect for everything we have created together.”
The couple also emphasized that their top priority is their son and their entire family, as they navigate this difficult time. They noted that matters such as these are always personal and never easy, and they expressed appreciation for the privacy and respect of their family during this time.
“We have some personal news to share… It is with a great deal of care and consideration that we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We have enjoyed so many wonderful years together and are moving forward with deep love, kindness and mutual respect for everything we have created together.
Our biggest priority is our son and our entire family as we navigate this next chapter. These matters are never easy and are extremely personal. We truly appreciate everyone’s respect for our family’s privacy at this time.”
According to PEOPLE, it was reported that the decision was amicable and that they remain the best of friends. They added that both Witherspoon and Toth are committed to co-parenting their son and ensuring a smooth transition for everyone involved.
“They really are the best of friends and this is such an amicable decision. They are so committed to co-parenting together. They are invested in their whole family and making this as smooth as possible for everyone.”
Witherspoon and Toth announced their engagement in December 2010 and were married in March 2011 in a laid-back ceremony on Witherspoon’s ranch in Ojai, California. The two share a 10-year-old son, Tennessee James. On top of that, Witherspoon also has two older children from her previous marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe: a daughter, Ava, 23, and a son, Deacon, 19.
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