Broadway royalty and “Rent” co-stars Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel are breaking up after 10 years of marriage.
“Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have jointly decided to separate at this time,” representatives of the couple told People
, which broke the story. “Their primary focus and concern is for their son. We ask that you respect their privacy during this time.”
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The pair met while working on the original production of “Rent” some 20 years ago and they began dating a short time later. Menzel won a Tony Award for her role in “Wicked” and is voicing a character in Disney’s animated film “Frozen.” She also plays the mother of Lea Michele’s character in the television series “Glee.”
Diggs is currently starring in “The Best Man Holiday.”
Menzel told People in an interview published last April that the pair faced challenges in their relationship. “We work at it,” she said. “I’m not going to glamorize it or glorify it — we go through tough times like everybody else, but we love each other very much. We try not to be away from each other for more than two weeks at a time, and we try to find new ways to communicate.”
Fans of the pair were lamenting the news on Twitter.
Wrote Vanity Fair: “That sound you hear is our Renthead hearts breaking. Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs
have announced that they are splitting up, after 10 years of marriage and about 18 years of knowing each other. The two met while working on the original production of Rent, that great '90s musical about AIDS, art, and Avenue B. They got married in 2003 and had a kid in 2009, but now, after all that, they’ve called it quits. Benny and Maureen, no longer a pair.”
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