James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff to divorce after nine years of marriage

James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff are filing for divorce after nine years of marriage. The couple, who played onscreen lovers Steve McBride and Fiona Gallagher in Shameless, released a joint statement announcing their break up.

The statement read: "It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce. We enter this next phase with continued friendship, love and respect for one another and the shared focus of caring for our son.

"We ask that you respect our and, most importantly, our child’s privacy during this time."


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The couple released a joint statement confirming their divorce

The couple, who share one son, Brendan, married in a small ceremony in 2006, and have kept their marriage relatively out of the spotlight ever since. The X-Men: Days of Future Past actor revealed that they preferred to keep their relationship private, telling the Washington Post: "We don't talk about each other much and we don't turn up together at lots of events. We both really rejoice in having a normal life".

Anne-Marie also opened up about their marriage on Lorraine back in 2015, telling the show host how easy it was for the pair to slip into a normal routine despite their high profile careers. She said: "It's dead easy to get on with your life. We're very lucky we are aware of our blessings. That helps to remind us to be good people."

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James and Anne-Marie married in 2006

The news of the couple's divorce comes shortly after Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne announced their split after 33 years of marriage. The Sun reported that the pair allegedly broke up after Ozzy was unfaithful to his wife with celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh, and the couple's spokesman Gary Farrow confirmed that the 67-year-old was had moved out, stating: "at this time Ozzy is not at the marital home".  

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