'Little People, Big World' Stars Call It Quits on Marriage

Amy Roloff Matt RoloffIn further proof that Hollywood can be tough on a marriage, there's sad news to report out of TLC's wildly popular series Little People, Big World. Stars Matt and Amy Roloff are splitting up after 26 years of marriage.

The reality stars announced a separation this week, just as TLC is set to air a special about the family later this month.

The Portland, Oregon farmers were picked for the reality show because they have dwarfism, a condition defined as reaching an adult height of 4 feet, 10 inches or less. They let the public in on what it's like to live with their particular disability, but also what life is like raising four kids -- twins Jeremy and Zack, 23, Molly, 20, and Jacob, 17 -- and farming.

The split isn't one that will really surprise fans -- after all, the Roloffs have been pretty open about their marital strife, even letting TLC cameras film their "marriage saving" trip to Costa Rica with the kids last year and their pretty constant bickering about their family farm and day-to-day life. Divorce rumors have been flying since at least 2010.

Of course, it's hard to say how much of the stress was due to having the cameras around; this could happen to any couple (and frequently does). But surely being in the spotlight when you're going through something like this doesn't make it any easier.

According to a release from the couple, Matt will remain in the family guest house while they figure out what they'll do. The Roloffs issued the following statement to fans:

We sincerely appreciate the unwavering support, understanding and prayers from our family, friends and many fans. May God bless you.

Here's hoping they can work it out, but if not, that things remain amicable ... even though their kids are grown, it's still going to be tough on them.

Are you a fan of Little People, Big World? What did you think of the Roloffs' dynamic on the show?

 

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Jackie Cox

I HAVE BEEN A FAN IF THIS FAMILY SINCE THE BEGINNING AND MATT AND AMY ARE THE STRONGEST FAMILY I KNOW. I TRAVELED 1800 MILES LAST YEAR JUST TO VISIT THE FARM AND TRY TO MEET THEM. UNFORTUNATELY, MATT WAS BUSY ON HIS 4 WHEELER AND AMY WAS AT THE HOME BUT I DID GET TO MEET ZACHARY WHICH WAS LIKE SEEING ONE OF MY OWN KIDS. I LOVE THIS FAMILY AND MY PRAYERS ARE THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO WORK THINGS OUT AND ENJOY THE REST OF THEIR LIVES WITH THEIR FAMILY AND A LOT OF GRANDCHILDREN SOME DAY. GOD BLESS THEM!!

Fondue Fondue

^^ Umm, stalker!

MrsIm... MrsImperfect

Seen this coming. They put too much energy into raising kids and the business more than their relationship. Matt seemed done and Amy was trying to hang on. Very sad.

nonmember avatar Kristi

Totally agree with fondue.....and hopefully during their trial separation they can find a way to work it out.

Railr... RailroadGirl

When will people learn to stop letting these people do shows of someones family? Just about every family reality show has ended up with the couple separating or divorcing. People learn to say NO.

nonmember avatar ReynaAnne

1. TOTALLY agree, Fondue! That's stalker status right there, I don't care who you are!



2. These two should reconsider. I can't even find a good man among a population of full size (and some fat) men (can you say Peter Pan Syndrome); how's this Amy supposed to get lucky in love again with a much narrow population of her sized prospects! Don't do it, you two.

nonmember avatar ReynaAnne

I take it back, Jackie Cox. I wanted to see what a stalker looked like so I stalked your FB page, and low and behold you are a sweet, loving and distinguished older lady. I would be proud to have you as my gma and to have you travel to see me. Bless your heart.

squee... squeekumsaus

ReynaAnne, its the internet, anyone can be who they want with a few pics


Agree with Fondu

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

I dont know.. I only watched the show a couple of times and Amy seemed to be the only one who dealt with real stresses while the husband was out coming up with some hairbrained time wasting bullshit. Maybe she decided that having an extra child wasnt going to work for her. But.. like I said.. I could be wrong.. just what I took from the few episodes I watched.

beadi... beadingmom17

I'm not surprised. Sometimes different personalities make a great relationship and other times it's just not a good idea. In their case, it just didn't mesh. I agree with a previous poster, though...their entire lives were the kids and the farm. Very rarely did they do things together. It was always one poorly thought out scheme from Matt o to another. Which clearly stressed Amy out...every time.

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