Ian Ziering and wife Erin Ludwig call it quits after 9 years of marriage

Ian Ziering and his wife, Erin Ludwig, are going their separate ways.

The "Sharknado" actor took to Instagram on Halloween to announce "with a heavy heart" that he's separating from his wife after nine years of marriage. 

"It is with a heavy heart that I tell you Erin and I are splitting up," he said. "With our hectic work schedules we could not be busier, and over the last few years have grown apart. She is one of the most incredible women I have ever met and the best mom to our kids."

The former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star went on to slam any sensationalization of his breakup with Ludwig, 34, and made it known that any stories that happen to come out about their split are false.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 20: Ian Ziering, Erin Kristine Ludwig, Mia Loren Ziering, and Penna Mae Ziering attend the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 12: Ian Ziering and Erin Ziering arrive for the Premiere Of SyFy's "Zombie Tidal Wave" held at The Garland Hotel on August 12, 2019 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
US actor Ian Ziering, his wife Erin Kristine Ludwig and daughters Mia Loren Ziering (L) and Penna Mae Ziering (R) attend the FOX Summer TCA 2019 All-Star Party at Fox Studios on August 7, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Michael Tran / AFP) (Photo credit should read MICHAEL TRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 03: Ian Ziering, Erin Kristine Ludwig, and daughters Mia Loren Ziering, and Penna Mae Ziering attend "Beverly Hills 90210" Peach Pit Pop-Up on August 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 17: Ian Ziering (L) and Erin Kristine Ludwig attend the Margot Los Angeles Rooftop Restaurant Opening at Platform at on January 17, 2019 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 03: Ian Ziering and Erin Kristine Ludwig attend BCRF Presents LA GOES PINK on October 3, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for BCRF)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 06: Ian Ziering and Erin Kristine Ludwig attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and Gravity Pictures' 'The Meg' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Ian Ziering (L) and Erin Ludwig attend Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con Bash held at FLOAT, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California sponsored by HBO (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD - "Sherri Shepherd vs. Ian Ziering and Tommy Chong vs. Derek Fisher & Gloria Govan" - The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature former co-host of "The View" Sherri Shepherd and actor Ian Ziering, best known for his roles in "Sharknado" and "Beverly Hills, 90210." In a separate game, family members of actor/comedian Tommy Chong ("Cheech & Chong") and five-time NBA Champion Derek Fisher (Los Angeles Lakers) along with his fiancée, television host and actress Gloria Govan, will compete on an all-new episode, SUNDAY, JULY 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Byron Cohen/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) IAN ZIERING , ERIN ZIERING
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Ian Ziering and Erin Ziering attend the premiere of The Orchard and Fine Brothers Entertainment's 'F*&% The Prom' on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Erin Kristine Ludwig, Mia Loren Ziering, Penna Mae Ziering, and Ian Ziering at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "The LEGO Ninjago Movie" at Regency Village Theatre on September 16, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Ian Ziering and Erin Ziering attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema's 'It' on September 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 05: Erin Kristine Ludwig, actor Ian Ziering with Penna Mae Ziering and Mia Loren Ziering at The Lion King Sing-Along at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in celebration of the in-home release hosted by Walt Disney Studios and Fandango on August 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MAY 18: Erin Kristine Ludwig and Ian Ziering attend Uplift Family Services at W Hollywood on May 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lilly Lawrence/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 05: Ian Ziering and Erin Kristine Ludwig attend the 24th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala on May 05, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Ian Ziering, Erin Kristine Ludwig, Loren Ziering and Penna Mae Ziering arrives for the Zimmer Children's Museum Event at Zimmer Children's Museum on April 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actor Ian Ziering, Erin Kristine Ludwig and family attend the First-Ever GOOD+ Foundation Halloween Bash hosted Jessica Seinfeld at Sunset Gower Studios on October 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for GOOD+)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 04: Erin Kristine Ludwig (R) and actor Ian Ziering attends the 4moms Car Seat launch event at Petersen Automotive Museum on August 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for 4moms)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 11: Erin Ziering, Mia Ziering, Penna Ziering and actor Ian Ziering attend the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance's 3rd Annual Super Saturday Los Angeles at Barker Hangar on June 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Actor Ian Zering and wife Erin Kristine Ludwig attends the premiere of Disney's 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images).
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"It has come to my attention that things are being written and said to sensationalize a situation that is simply not sensational," Ziering, 55, declared. "Any quote attributed to me is completely false and solely meant by haters to undermine our intention to continue to get along, protect and raise our daughters, and be examples of successful co-parents. We ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time as we focus on what is important to us, our girls."

Ziering and Ludwig share daughters Mia Loren, 8, and Penna Mae, 6. They first started dating around Labor Day 2009 and got married in May 2010 in a star-studded Newport Beach wedding.

Ian Ziering was previously married to Nikki Ziering from 1997 until 2002.

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