Chris Rock Files For Divorce From Wife Of 19 Years

Chris Rock marriage is over. The comedian files for divorce from his wife Malaak Compton-Rock after 20 years of marriage.

The couple got married in 1996 but has had problems in their marriage in 2006 and again in 2011 when rumors surfaced that Rock is planning to file for divorce.

“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock said in a statement to PEOPLE.

“While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority.,” she added. “It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.”

The couple has two daughters together, 12-year-old Lola Simone, and 10-year-old Zahra Savannah.