Ashley Judd Splits from Husband Dario Franchitti

Couple release joint statement about the demise of the 12-year marriage

Actress Ashley Judd and racecar driver Dario Franchitti have decided to end their marriage after over a decade together. The two have already confirmed the news through a publicist.

“We have mutually decided to end our marriage,” their joint statement to People magazine says.

“We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed,” the two further say.

Further calls from the media for comment or details have not been answered, except for the mention that the split was amicable, not a one-sided one.

By the looks of things, Ashley and Dario are determined to be as fiercely protective of their privacy now as they’ve been so far: they rarely made headlines in the tabloids during their marriage.

The two got engaged in 1999 and were married two years later, in a super exclusive ceremony in Scotland.

Ashley’s sister, Wynonna Judd, served as maid of honor, while Dario’s brother, Mario, was best man.

Ashley and Dario don’t have any children, with the actress once saying that she could not even bring herself to think about conceiving new life when there were so many no one cared for or after.

“It's unconscionable to breed, with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries,” she said in a 2005 interview.

Last we heard, back in November last year, the actress was considering of pulling a Schwarzenegger (of sorts) and making the transition from acting to politics.

She was reportedly being considered for office as Senator in Kentucky, for the Democrats, though she refused at the time to come out with a positive or negative answer to the rumors.

“I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I'm very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let's focus on coming together to keep moving America's families, and especially our kids, forward,” Judd said.

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