Melissa Gilbert Splits From Second Husband

Celebrity Body Mar. 1, 2011 AT 2:55PM
Melissa Gilbert Splits From Second Husband Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

Broken home on the prairie.

A rep for former Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert, 46, confirms to UsMagazine.com that she and husband Bruce Boxleitner, 60, are separating after 16 years of marriage.

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"We have loved each other for a very long time and we share four incredible sons together," Gilbert tells Us in a statement. "On behalf of our family we ask to be allowed our privacy during this very difficult time."

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The twosome -- who split up several times during their three-year courtship -- wed in January 1995 and welcomed son Michael nine months later.

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The actress, who wrote about her battle with alcohol and drugs in her 2009 autobiography Prairie Tale, also has son Dakota, 21, from her four-year marriage to Bo Brinkman. Fellow actor Boxleitner has two sons from his marriage to actress Kathryn Oglivy.

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