This is heartbreaking for the actor and his family

It’s sad news for Friends actor, David Schwimmer as he and his wife Zoe Buckman have announced they’re ‘taking time apart’ after a ten year relationship.

The couple have been married for more than six years and have a five-year-old daughter together, but now they’ve released a joint statement revealing that they’ve decided to go on a break to ‘determine their future’.

In a statement released to E! News on Wednesday (5th April) , the couple 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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The loving parents then asked for privacy during this difficult time as they added: ‘Our priority is, of course, our daughter’s happiness and well being during this challenging time, and so we ask for your support and respect for our privacy as we continue to raise her together and navigate this new chapter for our family.’

Fifty-year-old David – who played unlucky-in-love Ross Geller in the sitcom Friends from 1994 to 2004 – first met his wife when he was directing UK rom-com Run Fatboy Run back in 2007.

David and Zoe looking loved up at ‘Run Fatboy Run’ Film Premiere in 2008 (Photo by Startraks Photo/REX/Shutterstock)

The pair instantly hit it off and photographer Zoe, 31, even relocated to Los Angeles to be with the actor before the pair tied the knot in a small ceremony in June 2010.

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David has previously opened up about how his sudden stardom impacted on his relationships during his time on Friends, admitting that it ‘messed up’ his ability to get close to people.

David’s fame had a big affect on his relationships

‘It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to adjust to and become comfortable with,’ he previously told Hollywood Reporter.

‘As an actor, the way I was trained, 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: it made me want to hide under a baseball cap and not be seen. And I realised after a while that I was no longer watching people; I was trying to hide.

‘So I was trying to figure out: How do I be an actor in this new world, in this new situation? How do I do my job? That was tricky.’

Sending our love to the whole family at this difficult time.