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Hilary Duff, Mike Comrie Tried Counseling Before Split: “The Spark Was No Longer There”

Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie
Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie tried counseling for 18 months before splitting but ultimately realized "the spark was no longer there," sources tell Us

Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie gave it their best shot, but in the end, the romance between them was just gone. As revealed in the new issue of Us Weekly, the spouses of more than three years took great pains to save their marriage before announcing their split on Friday, Jan. 10.

Related: PHOTOS: Hilary and Mike's life with Luca

One source of conflict for the couple? "She felt he didn't put enough effort into the relationship," a source tells Us of the singer-actress, 26, and her former NHL player husband, 33. The pair tried counseling for 18 months, the insider adds, "but recently he wasn't doing any of the things they'd worked on."

Related: PHOTOS: Hilary through the years

In fact, he wasn't doing much at all, a Duff source tells Us. After being forced to retire from hockey because of a career-ending injury in 2012, Comrie's ambition took a nosedive. "He never did anything!" the source says.

Ultimately, the parents of 22-month Luca realized "the spark was no longer there," a third source explains. "They are better as friends." 

Related: PHOTOS: 2013's biggest splits

Close friends, they hope. The couple seem determined to keep their separation amicable and were even spotted brunching with their son in Beverly Hills two days after news of their split went public. They were also together on the day of the actual announcement.

"Mike and I are sitting here," Duff tweeted on Jan. 10. "We are so appreciative for all of your kindness & well wishes. Not an easy day but we're getting thru it together."

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