The two have one child together, son Brendan

By Alexis L. Loinaz
Updated May 13, 2016 04:30 PM
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James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff are calling it quits.

The X-Men: Apocalypse actor and Duff have announced that they are ending their nine-year marriage.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce,” the pair said in a statement.

“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.”

The couple were married in a quiet ceremony on Oct. 18, 2006, and have one child together, son Brendan born in 2010. They met while working on the British television show Shameless, on which Duff played McAvoy’s character’s love interest.

McAvoy and Duff chose to keep their relationship private during their marriage, with the actor telling The Washington Post in 2007, “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.”