J.R. Martinez and his longtime girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones have decided to split up, 18-months after the birth of their daughter.

J.R. Martinez Splitting From Diana Gonzalez-Jones

"Diana and I have ended our relationship," Martinez told People. "However, we are committed to working together to raise our daughter [Lauryn Anabelle] in a healthy and happy environment."

Martinez, a former army infantryman, met Gonzalez-Jones in 2008. He’d been cast as war veteran Brot Monroe on the daytime soap opera All My Children, his burn woods from an IED (improvised explosive device) serving as part of his character’s backstory. At the time, Gonzalez-Jones had been working as an assistant to the show’s producer. They were friends for years before pursuing a romantic relationship in 2011.

"All this time I was looking for the perfect guy, and I had him right next to me," Gonzalez-Jones told People in 2011 when Martinez was enjoying success on Dancing With the Stars. "We were so good as friends that romantically, we just clicked right away."


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Though Martinez and Gonzalez-Jones claim they're poised to put their differences aside to coparent their child together, the former Mirror Ball champ appears to still be holding on to some hard feelings for his ex. "People change its a part of life,” Martinez wrote on Facebook, seemingly alluding to his recent breakup. “But sometimes its easier to hold on to the memories of who they were rather then to realize who they have become…"

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