Actors Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber separate after 11 years together

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Actors Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber are splitting up after 11 years together, the couple said.

Watts, 47, and Schreiber, 48, said “the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple.”

“It is with great love, respect and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship,’’ they said, asking for privacy for their two young sons.

Their separation was coming on the heels of Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s sudden divorce announcement last week.

Australian actress Watts, who had been nominated for two Oscars, and Schreiber, the star of “Ray Donovan” had been involved since 2005 and had never been married.

Watts had previously dated Australian actor Heath Ledger.

Watts and Schreiber star together in the upcoming boxing drama “The Bleeder”.

Schreiber will also star on Broadway in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” opening next month, in which he plays a promiscuous Frenchman.


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