Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts Separating After 11 Years Together

Liev Schreiber naomi watts - Getty - H 2016
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Liev Schreiber naomi watts - Getty - H 2016

The couple, together since 2005, released a statement on Monday.

Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts have decided to separate after 11 years together.

The longtime Hollywood pair released a joint statement on Monday about the decision. Though never married, Schrieber and Watts have been together since 2005 and have two sons together, Alexander "Sasha," 9, and Samuel, 7.

"Over the past few months we've come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple. It is with great love, respect, and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship," the couple told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "While we appreciate your curiosity and support, we ask the press to be mindful of our children and respect their right to privacy."

The Ray Donovan star and Watts both star in the upcoming Chuck Wepner boxing biopic Bleeder that hits theaters in the spring. In the film, Schreiber plays Wepner and Watts stars as Linda Wepner, the boxer's second and current wife. The pair promoted the film at the Toronto Film Festival (watch a video below) and Venice Film Festival earlier this month, where it was picked up by IFC Films. 

Watts had the choice between playing the housewife or the object of Wepner’s affection and told THR she chose the latter because it “felt like something different for me.” She said, "I also felt that being a real-life couple and then playing a couple can be distracting sometimes. So I felt the role with less screen time was better for the story.”   

Showtime's Ray Donovan recently wrapped its fourth season and Watts can next be seen on the big screen in November's psychological thriller Shut In, facing off against Room breakout Jacob Tremblay.

The high-profile split comes on the heels of the separation of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, after Jolie filed for divorce on Tuesday.