There must be something in the water in Hollywood with Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber following in the footsteps of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in announcing their split.
The couple, who never married, have been together for 11 years and have two children, Alexander “Sasha”, nine, and Samuel, seven.
“Over the past few months we’ve come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple. It is with great love, respect, and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship,” the couple told E! News in a joint statement.
“While we appreciate your curiosity and support, we ask the press to be mindful of our children and respect their right to privacy.”
Schreiber raised suspicions about his relationship with the British-born, Australian-raised actress last week when he took their son Sasha as his plus one to the Emmys.
The Ray Donovan actor made a point to note his partner of over a dedade was not by his side, sharing four pictures of Sasha from the night with his 126,000 followers. Watts reposted one of the pictures with the caption, “dapper duo here” and the hashtags, “twinning,” “crushing it,” “good luck,” and “proud beyond words”.
Watts and Schreiber’s last red carpet appearance together was earlier this month when they were hand-in-hand at the Toronto Film Festival for their film, The Bleeder.
While three weeks ago, they looked more in love than ever when Schreiber shared a picture of Watts in thigh-high, black leather boots with the caption, “ay Dios mio” (oh my God).