Kirsten Storms Temporarily Leaving ‘General Hospital’

Storms poses during ABC's 2014 TCA. Credit: Christopher Polk/ABC via Getty Images

Kirsten Storms is taking a break. The veteran soap star, 32, will be temporarily leaving General Hospital for an undisclosed amount of time, Daytime Confidential reports.

Storms, who has played Maxie Jones on the hospital soap since 2005, will be replaced by Days of Our Lives star Molly Burnett starting in July, according to the site.

Though no reason was given for the hiatus, the former Disney star and her husband of nearly three years, General Hospital costar Brandon Barash, pulled the plug on their marriage last month.

“We are splitting due to the cliché irreconcilable differences, but we’re splitting amicably,” Barash told Soap Opera Digest. “We have every intention of remaining a family through this and coparenting our kid, and retaining a friendship in the efforts of raising her in a healthy environment.”

The onscreen and offscreen couple are parents of 2-year-old daughter Harper.

“This was not a hasty decision; a lot of thought and therapy went into this,” Barash, 36, continued. “But we’ve decided that raising our daughter in two separate homes would be a healthier choice for all of us.”

Storms has previously taken time off from General Hospital before, in 2011, when she stepped out of her role for 10 months due to medical issues. (Jen Lilley took over her role at the time.)

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