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Sam Claflin and wife Laura Haddock announce their SPLIT

The couple were married for six years and share two children

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Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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Sam Claflin and Laura Haddock have announced the end of their six year marriage. The couple shared the news with fans on Instagram Stories, posting a joint statement that said they were moving forward with "nothing but love". "Laura and I have decided to legally separate," Sam's message read. "We will move forward with nothing but love, friendship and a deep respect for one another, whilst continuing to raise our family together." The Peaky Binders star added: "We won't be commenting on this further. Thank you in advance for your support and respecting our privacy at this time. Both of us x."

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Sam and Laura, both 33, started dating in 2011 and were married in July 2013 in a private wedding ceremony. They are the proud parents to two young children, three-year-old son Pip and 18-month-old daughter Margot. Sam previously opened up about his romance with Laura, admitting it was love at first sight. He said: "My wife, Laura, is undoubtedly my best friend. We met at an audition for My Week with Marilyn and there was an instant spark.

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"We found out we had the same agent and then bumped into each other the next morning at [a London Underground] station. I didn't know anything about her other than that her name was Laura, she was very attractive and she seemed lovely. But I went home, woke my friend up at 7am and said, 'I just met the girl I want to marry. I love this girl like, I love her. She's perfect'."

The couple have kept their relationship largely under wraps, but in June Laura took to Instagram to wish her husband a happy birthday. She wrote: "Happy birthday to this kind, generous, loving, beautiful man @mrsamclaflin [thank you] for all that you do. Happy birthday! X."