Kate Winslet and husband Sam Mendes to separate

Monday March 15, 2010

Actress Kate Winslet and her director husband Sam Mendes have split up, their lawyers have confirmed.

"Kate and Sam are saddened to announce that they separated earlier this year," says a newly-released statement by lawyers Schillings.

Kate, 34, and Sam, 44, married in a secret ceremony in the Caribbean in May 2003.

It was The Reader's actress second marriage, after she divorced director Jim Threapleton in 2001 following three years together.

"Both parties are fully committed to the future joint parenting of their children. They ask that the media respect the privacy of the family."

The couple have one child together, Joe, and Kate has a daughter, Mia, from her first marriage to Jim.

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