After Almost 25 Years of Marriage, ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ Stars File for Divorce

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July 04, 2018Jul 04, 2018

The romance that inspired the hit film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is now ending in divorce.

Nia Vardalos filed divorce papers in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split from husband Ian Gomez. They had been married for almost 25 years, since September 1993.

The couple had been separated since June 29, 2017, according to PEOPLE. They issued a joint statement to the press.

“We’ve been respectfully separated for a lengthy period of time. Our relationship became a friendship so the decision to end the marriage is completely mutual and amicable. It is our hope that decency will prevail on the reporting of this story which will soon be yesterday’s news. Thank you for respecting our privacy.”

They share an 11-year-old daughter, Ilaria Vardalos Gomez, whom they adopted in 2008. Vardalos is asking for joint legal custody of their daughter.

After their nuptials in 1993, Vardalos wrote the one-woman play “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” based partially on their own experiences, according to USA Today. The movie came out in 2002.

Vardalos played Toula Portokalos, who falls in love with a non-Greek Ian Miller, played by John Corbett. Gomez played Corbett’s best man, Mike.

Vardalos and Gomez adopted Ilaria when she was three. She details the adoptive process in her book “Instant Mom.”

“Cut to I immediately, very suddenly, very instantly became a mom when we got to adopt our daughter via American foster care. She was almost 3 years old, and the entire process of motherhood was accelerated for me,” says Vardalos. “I felt like I was pushed down a hill skiing with no poles.”

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” was inspired by that adoption process. Gomez and Vardalos reprised the same roles.

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