Colin Firth and wife Livia split after 22 years of marriage

Colin Firth and his wife, Livia, have called it quits after 22 years of marriage. 

The pair announced the news in a joint statement to ET on Friday. 

"Colin and Livia Firth have separated," the statement reads. "They maintain a close friendship and remain united in their love for their children. They kindly ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."

The spouses' last public appearance was at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in Milan, Italy, back in September. Colin and Livia share sons Luca, 18, and Matteo, 16. Firth is also dad to 29-year-old son Will from a previous relationship. 

The split news comes almost two years after Livia admitted to having an affair with the couple's alleged stalker. 

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Colin Firth and Livia Firth attend 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination', the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Livia Firth and Colin Firth attend a screening of the 'Forever Tasmania' documentary at The New York Edition on May 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Eco-Age)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Livia Firth and Colin Firth attend a screening of the 'Forever Tasmania' documentary at The New York Edition on May 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Eco-Age)
Cast member Colin Firth arrives with his wife Livia Giuggioli for the world premiere of "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" in London, Britain September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Colin Firth and his wife Livia pose as they arrive for the gala screening of the film "Nocturnal Animals" during the 60th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival at Leicester Square in London, Britain October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Actor Colin Firth (R) and his wife Livia (L) attend the red carpet for the movie "Franca: Chaos and Creation" at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia pose as they arrives at the "Green carpet Fashion Awards" event during the Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
British actor Colin Firth (L) joins his wife Livia Firth at a London Fashion Week cocktail reception in London September 13, 2012. The reception was for Livia Firth's Green Cut initiative to promote environmentally sustainable fashion. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
British actor Colin Firth (L) joins his wife Livia Firth at a London Fashion Week cocktail reception in London September 13, 2012. The reception was for Livia Firth's Green Cut initiative to promote environmentally sustainable fashion. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Colin Firth (L) and his wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-PARTIES)
Actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
Actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli arrives for the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (BAFTA-ARRIVALS)
Actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (GOLDENGLOBES-ARRIVALS)
Colin Firth and Livia Guiggiani attend the UK premiere of "The Debt" in London, September 21, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli pose for photographers as they arrive on the "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" red carpet at the 68th Venice Film Festival September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Colin Firth (C) arrives with his wife Livia Giuggioli for the screening of the film "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" at the 68th Venice Film Festival September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Film producer Livia Giuggioli and her husband actor Colin Firth arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of the exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" in New York May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION)
British actor Colin Firth (L) holds his Oscar he won for best actor for his role in "The King's Speech" as he arrives with his wife Livia Giuggioli at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY) (OSCARS-PARTY)
British actor Colin Firth, best actor nominee for his role in "The King's Speech," and his wife, Livia Giuggioli, arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
British actor Colin Firth, best actor Oscar winner for his role in "The King's Speech," hugs his wife Livia Giuggioli during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-SHOW)
British actor Colin Firth, best actor nominee for his role in "The King's Speech," and his wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
British actor Colin Firth, best actor nominee for his role in "The King's Speech," and his wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS) )
Actor Colin Firth (L) and his wife Livia popse for photographers as they arrive for the London Film Critics' Circle Awards in London, February 10, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
British actor Colin Firth poses with wife, Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli during the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
British actor Colin Firth, best actor nominee for "A Single Man," and his wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
British actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia arrive at the 25th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles, March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
British actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the British Academy Of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
British actor Colin Firth (R) from the film "A Single Man" and his wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at The Weinstein Company Golden Globes after party after the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 17, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (GOLDENGLOBES-PARTIES) (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actors Colin Firth and Livia Guiggioli (L) arrive at the gala presentation for the film "A Single Man" at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA ENTERTAINMENT)
British actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli pose as they arrive for the world premiere of "Mamma Mia" at Leicester Square in London June 30, 2008. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN)
Britain's actor Colin Firth (R) and his wife, Italian producer Livia Giuggioli, arrive for the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington April 26, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES)
British actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli pose as they arrive for the world premiere of "Mamma Mia" at Leicester Square in London June 30, 2008. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN)
British actor Colin Firth (R) and his wife Livia Giuggioli of Italy arrive at the UK premiere of 'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason' at the Odeon Leicester Square in London November 9, 2004. The film is the sequel to 'Bridget Jones's Diary'. REUTERS/Toby Melville MD
Actor Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli pose for photographers during red carpet arrivals at the Oxfam annual fundraiser in Beverly Hills, November 29, 2006. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES)
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Livia claimed at the time that Marco Brancaccia, an Italian journalist, had been harassing her with "frightening" messages that police investigated.

"For obvious reasons, the Firths have never had any desire to make this matter public. A few years ago Colin and Livia privately made the decision to separate," Colin and his wife told ET in a joint statement in March 2018. "During that time Livia briefly became involved with former friend Mr. Brancaccia. The Firths have since reunited."

At the time, Brancaccia denied the stalking accusations, saying that Livia was lying to hide their relationship, adding, "[Livia] wanted to leave Colin for me... My ‘stalking’ consisted of two messages via WhatsApp after she ended our relationship in June 2016, and an email. I wrote an email to Colin about my relationship with Livia, which I now regret sending, and she filed a complaint against me for stalking out of fear that I could go public with what she had revealed to me about her marriage and work."

The pair later reached a private settlement with Brancaccia.

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