Ian Ziering has announced his separation from wife Erin Kristine Ludwig.

The Beverly Hills 90210 star, 55, said on Thursday that he and his wife, Ludwig, had decided to split up after a nine-year marriage.

“It is with a heavy heart that I tell you Erin and I are splitting up,” he wrote on Instagram. “With our hectic work schedules we could not be busier, and over the last few years have grown apart.”

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It is with a heavy heart that I tell you Erin and I are splitting up. With our hectic work schedules we could not be busier, and over the last few years have grown apart. She is one of the most incredible women I have ever met and the best mom to our kids. It has come to my attention that things are being written and said to sensationalize a situation that is simply not sensational. Any quote attributed to me is completely false and solely meant by haters to undermine our intention to continue to get along, protect and raise our daughters, and be examples of successful co-parents. We ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time as we focus on what is important to us, our girls. Peace and love, Ian

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Ziering had only positive things to say about Ludwig, praising her mothering skills and celebrating their two daughters, Mia Loren, 8, and Penna Mae, 6. “She is one of the most incredible women I have ever met and the best mom to our kids,” he shared.

In his announcement, the actor was clear that he was speaking out to avoid rumors about their relationship. “It has come to my attention that things are being written and said to sensationalize a situation that is simply not sensational,” he wrote. “Any quote attributed to me is completely false and solely meant by haters to undermine our intention to continue to get along, protect and raise our daughters, and be examples of successful co-parents.”

He continued, adding “We ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time as we focus on what is important to us, our girls,” Ziering added, before ending with, “Peace and love, Ian.”