Ashley Judd & Race Car Driver Dario Franchitti Ending Marriage

Wed, January 30, 2013 10:12am EST by 3 Comments
Ashley Judd Split

After 12 years of marriage, Ashley and Dario announced on Jan. 29 that they have split. So sad. Keep reading for their official statement.

Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti announced on Jan. 29 that they were separating after over a decade of marriage. Ashley, 44, and Dario, 39, who married in 2001 in Scotland, “mutually decided” to end their marriage. They have no children.

Ashley Judd & Dario Franchitti End Their Marriage

Ashley and Dario made a joint statement, which was sweet as they said that they will always remain family.

“We have mutually decided to end our marriage,” Ashley and Dario told PEOPLE. “We’ll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed.”

Ashley is most famous for her acting career, starring in films such as Kiss the Girls and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, while Dario is an IndyCar driver and three-time Indianapolis 500 champion.

Shortly after the news broke, Ashley tweeted: “Family forever. @dariofranchitti.” Dario later responded with a tweet of his own: “@ashleyjudd family forever.”

The couple met at a friends wedding reception in 1999, and married two years later. They never had children, but they share two dogs.

Ashley has only ever spoken highly about her soon-to-be ex-husband:

“It is difficult to overstate how proud I am of my husband,” Judd told USA TODAY Sports in 2008, when Dario briefly left IndyCar for NASCAR. “His willingness to chuck everything he knew — and at which he excelled at the highest level — for something totally new and unknown, I think he is utterly courageous. How many of us have that type of humility and adventuresome spirit?”

It’s such a shame that Ashley and Dario have separated, but it’s nice that they still have such affection for each other.

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— Eleanore Hutch

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