Matt and Amy Roloff have decided to make their trial separation a permanent one. The Little People, Big World stars — and parents to four kids — have officially filed for divorce, they announced on Friday, June 5.
"After 27 years of marriage, it is with great sadness that we have come to the difficult decision to file for divorce," the couple said in a statement to Us Weekly. "We are proud of what we have accomplished together, including raising four wonderful children who have grown to become remarkable adults and building our strong and ongoing successful business."
The news follows a months-long separation for the spouses. Back in March 2014, they revealed they had decided to try living apart while still co-parenting and running the family farm together in Helvetia, Ore.
"Last year, it was long and tough," Matt said by way of explanation on the couple's TLC show. "Amy and I had a lot of tensions, so right around Thanksgiving, I thought I would move over to the [guest] house for a little bit...Amy and I stuck it out for years when maybe we shouldn't have. I never quite felt at home in my own home, so something needed to change."
Amy added that they never really learned to live together. "It's not my choice for him to leave," she admitted. "I am saddened by it. It's been 26 years. We don't have a plan for how we're going to work this out, so it's not going to be easy."
The couple put up a united front at son Jeremy's wedding to Audrey Mirabella Botti in September, but it looks as if the problems in their marriage ultimately proved insurmountable.
"Our kids and our ever growing family, and the love and support we have for them, will be our priority," they said in their statement on June 5. "We will continue to work together side by side in the daily responsibilities for our many current ventures. We would like to thank our family, friends and all our fans for their continued support and understanding during this difficult time."
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