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Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel to divorce after 14 years

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Monica Bellucci 

and her husband Vincent Cassel have confirmed that they are to divorce after 14 years of marriage.The beautiful Italian actress, 48, and French actor, 46, broke the news in a statement released to France's national news agency, Agence France-Presse, saying that the couple are separating by "mutual agreement."Vincent's spokesman told AFP that "Vincent Cassel confirms that he has agreed to separate from his wife Monica Bellucci."


The pair, who were married for 14 years and together for 18, met on set of Gilles Mimouni's French-language film

The Apartment

in 1996.They wed several years later in a quiet ceremony in Monaco, on the French Riviera, and went on to have two daughters together, Deva, seven, and three-year-old Leonie.Earlier this year, Monica, who has starred in films such as

The Matrix Reloaded

and Mel Gibson's

The Passion of the Christ

, told


magazine: "Marriage, we never know how long it will last...Today, it works, but in a year, I don't know."The former model has also opened up about fidelity in the past. She told

The London Times

that "confidence, respect" and "knowing a man will be there for you is more important than just fidelity."

Monica and Vincent pose during a photocall for Irreversible during the 55th Cannes Film Festival 

Popular French actor Vincent and Monica, who was born in Italy, had been leading independent lives for some time, keeping their own respective apartments in Paris and Rome.Vincent is known to American audiences for his work in

Black Swan


Eastern Promises


The Messenger




Ocean's Twelve


Ocean's Thirteen

.He has also starred in many French-language films, including

La Haine

(Hate) and


, in which he worked alongside his wife. The controversial 2002 film was released in the US in 2003.

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