Melissa Gilbert files for divorce

Melissa Gilbert has filed for divorce from her husband of 16 years, Bruce Boxleitner.

Melissa Gilbert

It’s not a good love week for the Gilbert family. First Sara Gilbert announced that she is splitting from her longtime partner, and now her big sister Melissa Gilbert has filed for divorce.

Melissa Gilbert announced the couple’s separation in March, and sadly they were unable to mend their troubled union. The Little House on the Prairie actress filed divorce papers earlier this week, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split.

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

Gilbert and Boxleitner have one son together, a 15-year-old named after Gilbert’s TV father Michael Landon. They also have three other sons combined from previous relationships.

The former president of the Screen Actor’s Guild grew up in Hollywood and dated some of the hottest stars of the 80’s, including John Cusack, Billy Idol and Tom Cruise — and was even engaged to Rob Lowe.

Will she rekindle any of those old flames? Cruise and Lowe are married, Idol has seen better days, but John Cusack is still super-hot. That’s our vote.

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