Matt and Amy Roloff, the stars of TLC series Little People, Big World, are going on a trial separation after 26 years of marriage.

Amy & Matt Roloff Separate

“Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation,” the Roloffs said in a joint statement. “We sincerely appreciate the unwavering support, understanding and prayers from our family, friends and many fans.”

Little People, Big World, which debuted in 2006, will premiere its seventh season on TLC March 25. On the reality show, the Roloffs will be opening up about the state of their marriage, which has been rocky for quite some time. Matt moved out of the family’s main house around Thanksgiving.

"You can call it a separation, if you want, a trial separation, but it's more of just giving each other some space," Matt says in a preview for the upcoming season. "Last year it was long. Long and tough. Amy and I stuck it out for years when maybe we shouldn't have," he explained. "I never quite felt at home in my own home. Something needed to change."

Amy added, "What Matt and I failed to do over many, many years together was learn to live together. I’m saddened by it. We don't have a plan in how we are going to work this out so it's not going to be easy."

Their son Jeremy, 23, appears hopeful on Twitter that his parents will be able to get over this latest hurdle in their long marriage.

In addition to Jeremy, the Roloffs are parents to his twin, Zack; Molly, 20, and Jacob, 17.

– Chelsea Regan

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