Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Split After 17 Years of Marriage

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor married in May 2000, and have two children together

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor are splitting after 17 years of marriage.

The pair released a joint statement to PEOPLE on Friday.

“With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate. Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time,” Stiller, 51, and Taylor, 45, said.

The actors wed in May of 2000 in Kauai, Hawaii, with Stiller popping the question to Taylor while in rehearsals for Meet the Parents inNovember 1997, following broken engagements with others (Stiller to actress Jeanne Tripplehorn and Taylor to director Jason Bloom).

Stiller and Taylor, who costarred in Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder, Arrested Development and Zoolander 2, are parents to daughter Ella, 15, and son Quinlin, 11.

“[Our] relationship was a gradual thing that happened over a quick period of time, maybe seven or eight months,” Stiller told Parade about his relationship with Taylor in December 2013. “We just started hanging out with each other and it developed into, ‘Wow, this feels great. I really like this person. I think I love this person. I really do – I love this person.’ It hit me out of the blue.”

Entertainment Tonight was first to report.

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