Sad talk here. CBS personality Aisha Tyler and her husband, Jeff Tietjens, are divorcing after more than 20 years of marriage, her rep has confirmed.
According to TMZ, Tietjens filed divorce documents at Los Angeles Superior Court several weeks ago. Tietjens, an attorney himself, cited irreconcilable differences in his legal papers. He and Tyler have been separated since January 2015, the papers state.
The two, who were college sweethearts, married in 1992. Tyler’s rep, Lisa Morbete, told TMZ on Thursday, April 14, that despite the split, Tyler and Tietjens will remain friends.
The outlet also reported that at the time, Tietjens is not asking for spousal support from his wife, who costars alongside Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood on CBS’ The Talk. He did, however, indicate that he reserves the right to possibly request spousal support later.
The actress and comedian, 45, has been outspoken about her infertility struggle with her husband in the past, and revealed a heartbreaking secret in an emotional episode of The Talk in September 2013. Tyler, who cried to her cohosts about the confession, said she and her husband tried everything possible to have a baby, until a doctor said there wasn’t much hope.
“We just decided it wasn’t worth it to go through that, and so we decided to stop,” Tyler told the ladies at the time. “It was better to not go through that torture.” The star, who voices Lana Kane in FX’s smash cartoon series Archer, shared with The Huffington Post in September 2014 about the reason she has been so open about the struggle.
“I wanted families [and] couples to know that it was a valid choice not to get on this crazy merry-go-round of IVF and tens and tens of thousands of dollars,” Tyler explained. “People who do what I do for a living can afford that stuff, but most people can’t. They mortgage their homes and they break themselves.”
“And by the way,” she continued, “most of them don’t get pregnant. We only focus on the Cinderella stories. We don’t focus on all the people that don’t do it. And I wanted people to feel — men and women — it’s OK to say, ‘I love my marriage, I love my life, I choose not to have children.'”
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