Nia Vardalos and her husband, Ian Gomez, split after 25 years together


Ah man – I hate when this happens: a couple I really like but rarely think about all of a sudden (to me) splits. Then I feel bad for not having paid more attention while they were together. But that’s what happened when I read that Nia Vardalos announced her split from husband Ian Gomez. Nia and Ian, whose names are anagrams of each other and that’s cool, were married for nearly a quarter of a century. Ian appeared in My Big Greek Fat Wedding as John Corbett’s character’s best man. Nia has said she wrote the movie about their relationship, which would explain why the love interest is named “Ian.” All of this is making me very sad.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Nia Vardalos has filed for divorce from husband Ian Gomez.
The actress, 55, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles County, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.

Vardalos said she separated from her husband over a year ago on June 29, 2017, almost 24 years after they said, “I Do.”

In a joint statement obtained by PEOPLE, the couple said, “We’ve been respectfully separated for a lengthy period of time. Our relationship became a friendship so the decision to end the marriage is completely mutual and amicable. It is our hope that decency will prevail on the reporting of this story which will soon be yesterday’s news. Thank you for respecting our privacy.”

[From People]

Nia opened up about the couple’s struggle to conceive a child while promoting My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Fortunately, the couple adopted their daughter Ilaria, 11, in 2008 through the American Foster system. In her book Instant Mom, Nia said adopting Ilaria explained how she got clarity about her fertility struggle once they brought Ilaria into their lives, “I believe now in the order of things. I believe everything was supposed to happen to me and not work, so that I could meet my real daughter. I get it now,” which is really a lovely way to explain it.

Ian is best known to me as Andy on Cougar Town. He also played Snapp on Supergirl but most recently he appeared in the now-cancelled series Living Biblically. As I said I’m bummed by this but it doesn’t sound like there’s any drama. They’ve been separated for a year and determined they were more friends than lovers. 24 years is a nice, long marriage and they should be proud of it and their daughter. Thank goodness they can part as friends. Selfishly, I hope they can still work together, Nia writes his roles so well.




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  1. Lucy2 says:

    This one makes me sad too, I remember hearing her talk about their struggles and then the joy of adopting their daughter. I hope they really are friends and good coparents for her.

  2. Milla says:

    Was he on Felicity? Javier?

  3. Jess says:

    I loved him on Cougartown. That was such a cute show with such an awful name.

  4. tracking says:

    A remarkably honest statement: they’ve lost the romantic spark and realized they’re now better off as friends. So common. I wish them well.

    • Pandy says:

      Hmm. At a certain point when isn’t friendship enough? Married for 19 years and definitely we are friends and partners … I dunno. Chasing sexual attraction isn’t something I want for myself in my 50s.

      • ladida says:

        I’m the same way. I think most couple transition to friendship but it only becomes a problem when one or both partners can’t accept that.

  5. tealily says:

    You know, I knew that the movie was based on her real relationship, but I never knew he was her husband. How weird to be cast as a supporting character in a story about your own life.

  6. Addison says:

    This is sad news indeed. Glad they still get along.

  7. Jem says:

    He is gross. Personal experience. I highly highly doubt he was faithful to her.

  8. ladida says:

    I can’t believe Toula and Ian broke up!

  9. Escaped Convent says:

    Well I, for one, am bummed by this news. 24 years is a hell of a long time to be with someone. When people have been together that long, I always wonder if something catastrophic happened. But in this case, it doesn’t sound like it. Glad to hear that.

  10. Yes Doubtful says:

    Nope, Ian is best known for Felicity!! In my world anyway 🙂

    Very sad to hear this. They seemed like a great team.