Gilbert & Bruce Divorcing

Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner have announced they are splitting after 16 years of marriage.

Melissa Gilbert

Hollywood power couple Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner have announced they will divorce after 16 years of marriage.

"We have loved each other for a very long time and we share four incredible sons together," the 46-year-old Gilbert said in a statement to E! News. "On behalf of our family we ask to be allowed our privacy during this very difficult time."

Gilbert, a former child star best known for her role as Laura Ingalls in the much-beloved Little House on the Prairie TV series, still makes a lot of cable lady-centric flicks and was president of the Screen Actors Guild. Boxleitner has enjoyed a long TV career and most recently starred in Tron: Legacy.

The couple has one child together, a 15-year-old son named after Gilbert's TV father Michael Landon. She has another son from a previous marriage and 60-year-old Boxleitner has two others.

What caused the split? Was someone cheating? Who gets their little house on the prairie during the property division? Keep reading SheKnows for updates as they happen!

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Comments on "Melissa Gilbert & Bruce Boxleitner split"

jaybird369 September 15, 2011 | 2:59 PM

Honestly, I am not surprised by the Melissa Gilbert-Bruce Boxleitner breakup. I hear that Bruce is a really easygoing and laid-back kind of fella and that Melissa has a totally fiery temper. The only thing that surprises me is that the marriage lasted this long. Also, I think that Bruce NEEDS TO write that book exposing ALL of Melissa's deep, dark and dirty secrets. To me, Melissa always looks like she has something to hide. Bruce, in more ways than one, the truth is on your side. And, Melissa, nobody likes a HOTHEAD!!! Bruce, Stay Strong Dude!!!

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