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Donald Trump Jr. and wife: Going separate ways

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017 file photo, Donald Trump Jr. jokingly plays with scissors as his wife Vanessa laughs at the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, Canada. A public court record filed Thursday, March 15, 2018 in New York says Vanessa Trump is seeking an uncontested divorce from the president's son. Details of the divorce complaint haven't been made public. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

NEW YORK — Donald Trump Jr. and his wife, Vanessa Trump, say in a joint statement issued after an uncontested New York divorce filing they’ve decided to go their separate ways.

The couple said Thursday they “will always have tremendous respect for each other” and their families.

The Trumps are both 40 years old and were married in 2005. They say their five children will remain their top priority.

The statement came hours after Vanessa Trump filed for divorce in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The 2007 birth of the couple’s first child made Donald Trump Sr. a grandfather a decade before he became president.

The divorce announcement comes as Trump Jr. remains a focus of the special counsel’s investigation into Trump ties to Russia.