By Maria Puente | Gannett News Service
More evidence that 2015 is a major year for celebrity divorces arrived Tuesday when actors Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez announced they’re splitting after two years of marriage.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision to divorce,” the couple announced in a joint statement emailed by her publicist Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson.
“We move forward with love and respect for one another and the shared focus of what is best for our son,” the statement said. “We wish each other nothing but happiness in life and we hope that you respect our and, most importantly, our children’s privacy as we go through this difficult period.”
The couple have a son, Maceo, 2. She also has a daughter, Nahla, 7, from a previous, and contentious, relationship with Gabriel Aubry.
Oscar winner Berry and her children are frequently stalked by paparazzi, which has enraged the couple over the years.
Martinez attracted bad publicity in January when he became so angry at photographers at LAX he used an empty baby car seat to shove an airport employee, who fell down. He was sued over the incident last week, according to TMZ.
Martinez is Berry’s third husband. She was previously married to baseball player David Justice and to R&B singer Eric Benet.
Berry and Martinez join a growing list of celeb couples, including Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and even Muppets Kermit and Miss Piggy, who have announced a split this year.