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Nia Vardalos Files For Divorce After More Than 23 Years Of Marriage

My Big Fat Greek Wedding Star Nia Vardalos Files For Divorce
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Jul. 4 2018, Updated 9:40 p.m. ET

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Nia Vardalos and her husband Ian Gomez are getting a divorce, has confirmed.

The My Big Fat Greek Wedding star, 55, filed for divorce on Tuesday, July 3, just the day before the 4th of July.

In Los Angeles Superior Court documents, Vardalos lists their separation date as June 29, 2017, about a year before she served Gomez with divorce papers. The cause is "irreconcilable differences."

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They had been married for an incredible 23 years and nine months!

Vardalos and Gomez, 52, known for his roles in the TV shows Felicity and Cougar Town, insist the split was amicable.

In a statement to The Blast, the couple says, "We've been respectfully separated for a lengthy period of time. Our relationship became a friendship so the decision to end the marriage is completely mutual and amicable….Thank you for respecting our privacy."

Vardalos wrote the highest- grossing romantic comedy movie of all time in 2002 with Greek Wedding, in which her Greek character falls in love with a non-Greek teacher played by John Corbett.

Her husband Gomez, whom she married in 1993, played Corbett's best man in the film.

Vardalos and Gomez have raised an adopted daughter, Ilaria, 11. In court papers, the actress asks for joint legal and physical custody of their girl.

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She wrote about her and husband Gomez's struggle to become parents and the wonderful adoption of Ilaria in her memoir, "Instant Mom," published in 2013.

Vardalos told an interviewer, in promoting the My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 sequel in 2016, "I believe now in the order of things. I believe everything was supposed to happen to me, and not work, so that I could meet my real daughter. I get it now."

Gomez previously told Backstage about his marriage to Vardalos, which followed the two first meeting through the Second City improv comedy troupe, "some actor couples compete with each other. We don't have that. When Nia was going through the whole 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' thing and having super huge success, people were like 'Don't you feel like you should be supporting your wife and instead she's supporting you?' I was like, 'No.' That made absolutely no sense to me."

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