In 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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