Ioan Gruffudd has split from wife Alice Evans, telling her he “no longer loves” her.
The couple have been married for 13 years after meeting on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 1999 and have two daughters together – Ella, 11, and Elsie, seven.
Evans, 49, wrote in a now deleted tweet on Monday night: “Sad news. My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week.
“Me and our young daughters girls are very confused and sad. We haven't been given a reason except that he 'no longer loves me'. I'm so sorry.”
The couple later released a joint statement saying: “As you can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for our family and we remain committed to our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy.”
Evans has deleted the tweet but responded to replies on the social media platform.
In reply to one user who claimed it was a “weird” thing to post on Twitter she said, “Why? I have lost my mind.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “I did the same when this happened to me. I think it’s how one acknowledges there’s no returning to what existed before. Accepting it by stating it publicly helps you to recognize the impossibility if reconciliation.”
Evans replied: “This is exactly why. And thank you. Six months of harrassment: yes/no/maybe. I cannot live anymore like this. [sic]”
The couple live together in Los Angeles with their two daughters, who were conceived through IVF after Evans was diagnosed with a low antral follicle count at the age of 38.
In August last year Evans posted a picture of herself and Gruffudd on her Instagram account captioned: “He’s back and he’s grumpier than ever (sshhh!) Managed to get him to take this pic with me but couldn’t get him to smile. Men, eh? ( And he STILL looks better than me!).”
The couple met while starring alongside Glenn Close in Disney live action movie 102 Dalmatians and became engaged in 2006. They married in Mexico in 2007.
Gruffudd, 47, rose to fame in ITV’s historical war series Hornblower and is perhaps best known for playing Mister Fantastic in the 2005 Fantastic 4 movie.
Watch: Joanne Froggatt on working with Ioan Gruffudd in ITV’s ‘Liar’ in 2017