‘Friends’ Star David Schwimmer Separates From Wife Of 7 Years

Actor David Schwimmer – or Ross to us – and wife Zoe Buckman are separating despite seven years of marriage.

The couple are taking a break from their once happy relationship, but insist they are on friendly terms.

Releasing a statement on US Weekly, the couple have said,

It is with great love, respect and friendship that we have decided to take some time apart while we determine the future of our relationship.

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They’ve been quick to reassure their fans that daughter Cleo, five, comes first, saying,

Our priority is, of course, our daughter’s happiness and well being during this challenging time.

They go on to ask for ‘privacy’ in ‘this new chapter for [their] family’.

Schwimmer met British artist Zoe when directing Run Fatboy Run in 2007.

The pair then relocated to LA, tying the knot in a private ceremony in 2010.

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The 50-year old New Yorker is always open about dealing with the pressures of fame since getting his debut in the ’80s.

Admitting that his celebrity status often gets in the way of his relationships, the Friends star admits,

[It’s] took years, I think, for me to adjust to and become comfortable with [being a celebrity].

He continued,

As an actor… my job was to observe life and to observe other people, so I used to walk around with my head up, really engaged and watching people. The effect of celebrity was the absolute opposite. I realised after a while that I was no longer watching people; I was trying to hide.

The former couple’s most recent public appearance was at the opening of broadway show The Front Page last year.

The sitcom star is yet to comment on their split on his Twitter account.

His latest project sees him spreading awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace.

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The ‘That’s Harassment‘ campaign contains six short films that show how some men behave towards women in a professional environment.

Talking to The View, Schwimmer explains,

We’ve seen a lot of sexual violence in the media, but we’ve not seen this particular grey area of sexual assault, where it’s about power and a certain dynamic.

He continues,

I really hope that men see these (videos) as well, so they can learn, “Oh, that’s not appropriate behaviour”.’