Billy Bush and estranged wife Sydney have been ‘living apart for some time’

A long time coming. Billy Bushand his estranged wife, Sydney Davis, had been living separate lives long before their marriage officially came to an end, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.

Bush and Davis, who are parents of daughters Josie, 19, Mary, 17 and Lillie 14, announced their separation in September. She filed for divorce on Friday, July 13, after 20 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. “Billy and Sydney tried making their marriage work. This wasn’t a decision that was made overnight,” an insider tells Us. “They separated and still tried to see if they could salvage anything but could not.”

“They often disagreed about parenting and disciplining their three daughters over the years,” a source explains. “Billy is the good time dad, while Sydney always resented being the bad cop.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Television personality Billy Bush and his wife Sydney pose at the 2006 Diamond Lounge By Nathalie Dubois in the Penthouse at Peterson Automotive Museum March 4, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA -OCTOBER 13: Billy Bush and Sydney Bush attend 'Breaking The Ice' A Fundraiser to benefit The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on October 13, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: 3rd Annual Runway For Life Benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and DVD Release of National Treasure in Beverly Hills, United States on May 01, 2005 - Billy Bush and Sydney. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA -OCTOBER 13: Billy Bush and Sydney Bush attend 'Breaking The Ice' A Fundraiser to benefit The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on October 13, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
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Billy Bush and wife Sydney at the Bunny Hop to benefit the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
LA QUINTA, CA - MARCH 10: Actor Billy Bush and Sydney Davis attend the 11th Annual Desert Smash Hosted By Will Ferrell Benefiting Cancer For College at La Quinta Resort and Club on March 10, 2015 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Desert Smash)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Billy Bush and his wife Sydney Davis arrive for the women's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 13 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
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According to the divorce documents obtained by Us Weekly, Davis has requested joint legal and primary physical custody of Mary and Lillie  (Josie is considered an adult by the court).

The source adds that the duo’s split “has absolutely nothing to do” with Bush’s involvement in the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape, in which Donald Trump told him you can “grab” women “by the p—sy.”

“The marriage was in trouble long before the tape aired,” the source tells Us. “Billy had taken the job with the Today show, living in New York City during week and flying home on weekends, with Sydney’s blessing. That was really the beginning of the trial separation for Sydney.”

Bush was fired from Today amid the backlash of the 2005 recording, which was released by The Washington Post in October 2016. The former host told The Hollywood Reporter in May 2017 that he was “not grateful for the moment,” but was “grateful for what [he got] out of it.”

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