Martin Lawrence, Wife Divorcing

Celebrity News Apr. 25, 2012 AT 8:45AM
Martin Lawrence on April 12, 2010. Martin Lawrence on April 12, 2010. Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Nobody's laughing now.

After a total of 17 years together and two years of marriage, Martin Lawrence and wife Shamicka are saying goodbye.

The Big Momma's House star, 47, and Shamicka made a "joint decision to part ways," their rep told E! News late Tuesday. Parents to daughters Amara and Iyana, the couple were together for 15 years before they wed in July 2010 at Lawrence's Beverly Hills home at a bash attended by Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy and others.

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"Out of love and respect for one another we will continue to remain friends and raise our two beautiful daughters together," they said in a statement.

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This is the comedy star's second marriage; he and ex-wife Patricia (now married to NFL legend Emmitt Smith) have a daughter, Jasmine, 16.

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