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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announce their shock split

The couple have been married for eight years

Gemma Strong

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have announced their end of their marriage. The Hollywood couple shared a joint statement on their social media accounts confirming their split after eight years of marriage. It read: "We are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time and we're really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still love each other and will always cherish our time together."

Chris, 38, and Anna, 40, first met on the set of Take Me Home Tonight, and got engaged a year later before tying the knot in the summer of 2009. They are parents to one child together, son Jack, who will turn five later on this month.

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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announed their split in a joint statement

The House Bunny actress Anna opened up about their marriage in a podcast interview with Isla Fisher in December 2016, and admitted that the stars "grappled with a lot of the ideas of being a public couple". She said: "I take great pride in how great my relationship is with Chris, but having said that, of course, in this crazy world where he's off doing movies and I'm in LA raising our child, of course I'm going to feel vulnerable, like any normal human would."

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In April of this year, Chris shared a sweet message for Anna after she joined him on the press tour for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. "These press tours can be such a whirlwind," he wrote alongside a photo of the couple together. "I'm grateful to have you and the boy with me on this one. Although it's 3:00am right now, I was just awakened by a square kick to the back as little man climbed into bed and then must have had a karate dream or something and now I can't sleep. I'm on Insta instead. All you dads and mums know what I'm talking about."

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The couple pictured with their son Jack

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The actor previously told People in 2015 that he and Anna worked hard not to lose focus of their own relationship. "It's just as important, if not more important, to focus on your relationship with your partner because your children are going to leave one day [and] you have to maintain a relationship that's going to outlast your child's needs for you," he said. "I have the support of a strong partner who's been through this and understands it and whom I can share these experiences with. And we have a family that we're starting that's the focus of my attention."

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