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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announce Separation

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US actors Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have announced that they are separating after eight years of marriage in joint statements shared on social Media, with Pratt posting on  Facebook and Faris on Twitter

The couple, who met in 2007 while filming the romantic comedy Take Me Home Tonight, said attempts to save their relationship had failed.

We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed,” Pratt wrote in a post on Facebook on Sunday.

Pratt, 38, and Faris, 40, were married in 2009. They have a son named Jack.

The statement added that the two had “cherished” their time together and “continue to have the deepest respect for one another”.

Pratt, who played Andy Dwyer in the US comedy series Parks and Recreation, has become one become an international sensation in recent years and is the face of two major franchises: “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic Park.”

Faris, 40,  found fame in 2000 with Scary Movie, the spoof horror film series in which she played Cindy Campbell in the first four installments. She later co-starred alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in the controversial 2012 film The Dictator and told the BBC at the time that it was an “honor” working with him.

She went on to play the role of Christy Plunkett, a single mother in Chuck Lorre’s US sitcom Mom, “Mom” for five seasons opposite Emmy-winner Allison Janney. The actresses play mother-daughter who are both recovering drug addicts and are trying to navigate sobriety and relationships together. She is also the voice of the Jailbreak character in the recently-released “The Emoji Movie.”

The news of the couple’s split was met with disbelief on social media as fans took to Facebook to share their sadness.

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