Actor-director David Duchovny and actress Téa Leoni officially ended their 17 years of marriage in divorce. Recent reports confirm that the couple had been separated for a few months before they brought their divorce papers to court in June. Duchovny filed the papers which cite “an irretrievable breakdown” as the reason for the split.
The celebrity couple has been going through rocky times for a long while, and has been officially separated twice. Their first separation in 2008 was attributed to Duchovny’s highly publicized sex addiction for which he received therapy. They got back together after a couple of months but separated again in 2011. Other reports claimed that they both have been party to cheating and dishonesty. Californication star Duchovny has been linked with X-Files costar Gillian Anderson and Deep Impact lead actress Leoni reportedly left her kids to follow Billy Bob Thornton and his band on tour some time ago.
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Duchovny, 54 and Leoni, 48, first met through a pre-interview dinner organized by The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. They got married in May 1997 after an eight week courtship. They have two children, a daughter, Madelaine West, 15, and a son, Kyd Miller , who is now 12.
The couple has apparently settled on the terms of the divorce themselves. According to reports, they share joint legal custody of their children, although Leoni will have primary physical custody. The ex-couple and their children currently live in Manhattan.
Duchovny is expected to give $8,333 a month in child support, as well as pay for other expenses like camp and private school fees and college tuition. Leoni, who returns to CBS’ Madame Secretary this fall, will also receive $40,000 monthly in spousal support.
The LA Times tried to contact both the actor and the actress’s representatives for comments. Their request for a direct comment, however, was not granted.