Colin Firth and his wife Livia separate after 22 years of marriage


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Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli They have announced their separation.

After 22 years of marriage and two children together, the Love actually The actor and the Italian film producer have decided to go their separate ways.

"Colin and Livia Firth have separated," their representatives tell E! News in a joint statement. "They maintain a close friendship and remain united in their love for their children. They kindly ask for privacy. There will be no further comments."

This announcement comes almost two years after Livia admitted to having had a love affair with her alleged stalker. In a statement to E! News in March 2018, the former couple's representative addressed Livia's previous romance with Marco Brancaccia.

"A few years ago, Colin and Livia privately made the decision to separate. During that time, Livia became briefly involved with former friend Mr. Brancaccia. Since then, the Firths have met," the representative told E! News of the time.

The statement continued: "Subsequently, Brancaccia carried out a terrifying harassment campaign for several months, much of which is documented. As a result of his harassment, threats and refusal to give up, the legal complaint was filed with the Italian authorities,quot; .

At that time, the representative said that the Firths never spoke publicly about the matter for "obvious reasons." However, they felt the need to address it when details of the police investigation were published.

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Italian journalist Brancaccia denied the allegations of harassment.

Colin and Livia are parents of children Luca Firth, 18 and Matteo Firth, 16. The Oscar winner also has a son, Will firth, 29 years, for his relationship with the actress Meg Tilly.

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