Dan Aykroyd and his wife of nearly four decades, Donna Dixon, have amicably separated, the couple announced on Friday.
The 69-year-old ‘Blues Brothers’ star and Dixon remain legally married and have a ‘loving friendship’, the couple said.
“After 39 years as a couple, we are now following separate life paths. We remain legally married, co-parents, colleagues and business partners,” the couple told People Magazine in a joint statement.
“It is our choice in loving friendship.”
Aykroyd and Dixon, 64, married in 1983 shortly after meeting on the set of comedy “Doctor Detroit” the same year. Aykroyd had previously been briefly engaged to the late Carrie Fisher.
The couple acted together in several films including “Twilight Zone: The Movie” (1983), “Spies Like Us” (1985), “The Couch Trip” (1988) and “Exit to Eden” (1994).
Aykroyd and Dixon have three adult daughters together – Danielle (a singer-songwriter who goes by Vera Sola), 32; Belle, 28 years old; and Stella, 24.
The Ghostbuster previously opened up about his relationship with Dixon in a 2014 interview with The Tampa Bay Times.
“You have to find the right person – look them in the eye, make them look back and know their soul,” Aykroyd said. “She’s a Southern woman who is understanding and not afraid to deal with the boys once in a while.”
New York Post