Chris Rock Files For Divorce From Wife After 19 Years Of Marriage

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Dec. 28 2014, Updated 3:51 p.m. ET

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After almost two decades of marriage, Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton-Rock have decided to divorce.

"After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways," Malaak Compton-Rock said in a statement. "Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life's blessings, even when faced with difficulties."

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Chris' rep confirmed the split saying the comedian filed for divorce. "This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family."

Family was also on Malaak's mind. In her statement, the philanthropist also said, "While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives."

Chris, 49, and Malaak, 45, married in 1996 and have two daughters together, Lola Simone, 12, and Zahra Savannah, 10.

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