After 16 years of marriage, Melissa Gilbert, 46, and Bruce Boxleitner, 60, have decided to split up.
Gilbert, the former Little House on the Prairie star and Boxleitner who was in four of the Babylon 5 television series married in 1995 even though their relationship had its ups and downs.
Their 15-year-old son, Michael, is named after Michael Landon who was GilbertÂ’s mentor for the nine years (1974-1983) that she portrayed Laura Ingalls in the Little House series.
People reports that Gilbert, a former president of the Screen ActorÂ’s Guild, also has a 21-year-old son from her previous marriage to Bo Brinkman. Boxleitner has two sons from a previous marriage as well.
"We have loved each other for a very long time and we share four incredible sons together," Gilbert said in a statement. "On behalf of our family we ask to be allowed our privacy during this very difficult time."
Melissa Gilbert is an older adopted half-sibling of actress, Sara Gilbert who is one of the hosts on the daytime television series The Talk but is best known for playing Darlene Conner on Roseanne.
Laura Ingalls might have had a nice life back on the prairie with Ma and Pa and her siblings but eventually little girls grow up and discover that real life can be hard and painful.
We wish Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner the best during this trying time.