James McAvoy and Wife Anne-Marie Duff to Divorce: See Their Statement

X-Men actor James McAvoy and his wife, Anne-Marie Duff, are calling it quits on their marriage. The couple announced their plans to divorce via a statement to Us Weekly on Friday, May 13. 

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Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy attend the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the London Palladium on November 30, 2014 in London, England. David M. Benett/Getty Images

“It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce,” their joint statement read. “We enter this next phase with continued friendship, love and respect for one another and the shared focus of caring for our son. We ask that you respect our and, most importantly, our child’s privacy during this time."

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James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff arrive at The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) at the Royal Opera House on February 10, 2008 in London, England. Dave Hogan/Getty Images

The Atonement actor, 37, and actress, 45, married in October 2006 after meeting on set of Shameless. McAvoy played Duff’s character’s love interest on the British comedy series.

During an interview with Ryan Seacrest following their nuptials, McAvoy gushed that after marrying Duff, "The world seemed less scary. … And I started to like myself a little bit more."

The pair are parents to 5-year-old son Brendan. 

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