“Little People Big World” stars Matt and Amy Roloff have separated, the couple announced on Wednesday.
“Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation,” Matt and Amy said in a statement to Access Hollywood, released by TLC.
While the reality stars have split after 26 years of marriage – and four children together (twins Jeremy and Zack, 23; Molly, 20; and Jacob, 17) – it turns out Matt won’t be far from his family.
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“Matt remains living on the farm in our guesthouse and we work together everyday on the farm, on our business endeavors and most importantly, raising our amazing children,” the Roloffs’ statement continued. “We sincerely appreciate the unwavering support, understanding and prayers from our family, friends and many fans. May God Bless you.”
TLC will air a one-hour special on March 25, titled “New Year, Big Changes,” which addresses the new development in the Roloff family – and while a teaser for the special starts with cheery talk of the holidays, it soon turns to Matt no longer living in the family home.
“Last year it was long. It was long and tough,” Matt said in a preview clip released by TLC. “Amy and I had a lot of tension, so right around Thanksgiving I thought I would move over to the bridal house for a little bit and we’ll try that. Amy and I stuck it out for years and years when maybe we shouldn’t have… We needed to try something different.”
“I think what Matt and I failed to do over many, many years was learn to live together,” Amy said in the clip. “It’s not my choice for him to leave. I am saddened by it – it’s been 26 years. We don’t have a plan in how we are going to work this out, so it’s not going to be easy.”
Back in 2012, Matt and Amy visited Access Hollywood Live, where they were asked what their secret was behind 25 years of marriage.
”[We] stay out of each other’s way,” Matt told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover at the time.
“And give [each other] our own space… I’m simple, he’s drama, we balance,” Amy said.
-- Eric Anderson
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