Actor Guy Pearce and his wife Kate Mestitz have called it quits after 18 years of marriage.

Guy Pearce, Kate Mestitz Split

Pearce broke the news of the split on Twitter Monday. “Rumours r true I’m afraid – Kate and I parted ways back in Jan,” he wrote. “Sorry 2 be boring but we couldn’t be closer. We’ll love each other 4 ever xx.”

“The best 20+ years of my life – with this beautiful lady…..” he then captioned a picture of his former wife.

Pearce also shared a photo of the two together.

In a formal statement released Tuesday, Pearce said, “Kate and I will always love and support one another and be the best of friends. No one knows me like Kate does, and we’ll forever be appreciative of our mutual respect,” adding, “We’ve both grown enormously through our relationship, but sadly, the time has come to part ways.”

Throughout their long relationship, the couple had opted not to have any children. Explaining the decision, Pearce said that he didn’t think he’d make a particularly good father.

“I don’t even need them. There are enough babies in the world. Besides, I don’t think I would be good for babies,” he said. “I’d be on and off. I think they need more consistent affection than I would be able to give.”

Pearce and Mestiz met while attending the Geelong College in Victoria, Australia in 1980.  They wed in 1997.

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