The high-profile couple have battled issues for years but David Duchovny and Tea Leoni are getting divorced after 17 years of marriage.  They have been officially separated for months and have cited an “irretrievable breakdown” in their relationship as the cause for their split.

The pair married on May 13, 1997 and seemed to really have it all. Both were doing very well in their respective careers and when they welcomed daughter, Madelaine West, two years later, they seemed genuinely happy. Just after their fifth anniversary, in June 2002, their family expanded again with the birth of son, Kyd Miller.

Over the years, they seemed like a normal family – at least as normal as you can be in Hollywood. It was not uncommon, for example, to see David, Tea and their two children in court side seats at basketball games or spending time bonding on a beach vacation. The couple were often seen being affectionate towards each other and taking jogs together. Unfortunately, just like many other couples, things went wrong and their marriage ultimately fell apart.

After a highly successful stint on The X-Files, Duchovny was cast in another hit show, Californication, in August 2007. On the show, he portrayed a writer who seemed to struggle with monogamy and, perhaps, he took his research for the role a little too seriously. Life imitated art when, exactly a year later, the actor checked himself into a rehabilitation facility for sexual addiction. After a brief separation, the couple got back together, only to split once again in June 2011. It is unclear whether they ever reunited.

Now, sadly, the 54-year-old actor and his 48-year-old wife are formally calling it quits and have finalized their divorce. Unlike many people in Hollywood, they have managed to maintain some privacy which, of course, is best for their children. They will share custody of Kyd, 12, and Madalaine, 15, with Leoni having primary physical custody. In return, Duchovny will provide her with $8,000 a month in child support and a whopping $40,000 a month in spousal support. He must also cover the costs of the kids activities, such as summer camp, as well as their private school and college tuition.

It’s always sad to see a family split but, sometimes, it’s better to know when to give up. It seems like they tried hard to work things out.  Hopefully, the divorce will work out for the best for everyone and they can all begin to heal.

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