I’ve been a fan of Hilary Duff’s since her Lizzie Maguire days, so I’m sad to report that she and her husband Mike Comrie have separated. The 26-year-old actress and 33-year-old former hockey star “have mutually decided [upon] an amicable separation,” according to a rep for Duff.
The couple has one child, 21-month-old Luca Cruz, who they plan to co-parent as friends. The rep told People magazine, “They remain best friends and will continue to be in each other’s lives. They are dedicated to loving and parenting their amazing son, and ask for privacy at this time.”
A source close to Duff also confirmed the couple’s commitment to remain friendlies:
"There was no major incident – no big event between the two of them. They really did drift apart. They have put effort and thought into this decision for a long time. They tried couples therapy, but in the end, they realized at this time, they work better as friends. And they really are great friends."
Now this could be total BS but it shows what a class act Duff is. While many of her child star peers have been in and out of rehab and become the butt of late night comedy jokes, she’s settled into motherhood and clearly seems comfortable in her own skin.
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According to the source, this was not a “rash decision … it’s something [Hilary] thought through. She really does care about him and he really does care about her.”
I totally get it. I’m going through a divorce myself, and while the reasons are vast and many, it basically boils down to us not being good together as husband and wife. And I do still care about him as the father of my children, and I hope he cares about me in that way too.
The best thing to do when you absolutely cannot make your marriage work is to face the fact that you make each other crazy as a couple, and try to move on as amicably as possible for your kids.
As sad as divorce is, it looks like these two are doing the best they can under the circumstances.
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