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."CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE
The pair, who were married for 14 years and together for 18, met on set of Gilles Mimouni's French-language filmThe 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 asThe Matrix Reloaded
and Mel Gibson'sThe Passion of the Christ
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 toldThe London Times
that "confidence, respect" and "knowing a man will be there for you is more important than just fidelity."
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 inBlack Swan
.He has also starred in many French-language films, includingLa Haine
, in which he worked alongside his wife. The controversial 2002 film was released in the US in 2003.