Ashley Judd and auto racer Dario Franchitti are divorcing after nearly 11 years of marriage.

"We have mutually decided to end our marriage. We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed," Judd, 44, and Franchitti, 39, the couple announced in a statement on Tuesday.

A native of Kentucky and die-hard Wildcats basketball fan, Judd is considering a possible United States Senate run in 2014. "I am incredibly honored and frankly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support — that the people of Kentucky are interested in having me represent them is the greatest honor of my life so far, and I am certainly taking a close look at it," she said while in attendance at The Kentucky Society of Washington's Bluegrass Ball in Washington, D.C., last week.

"The people of Kentucky need a fighter and certainly going back 10 generations, I've got some fighters from those hills in my family," Judd continued. "And as soon as I know anything — after I've told the family members to whom I've made my promises that they'll be the first to know — you will be up to date in real time."

Judd, a star of such films as Double Jeopardy and Kiss the Girls, starred in the recently cancelled ABC series Missing. Franchitti is a successful IndyCar driver, having won the Indianapolis 500 in 2007 and 2010.

The couple married in Franchitti’s native Scotland in December 2001.

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