Sara Gilbert filed for separation from Linda Perry after more than five years of marriage

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I’ve never been super-invested in Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry as a couple, but this is still sad to me. They got together in 2011 and then married in 2014. And Sara just filed for separation after Christmas. Which sucks, although it seems like they probably separated way before that. But who knows. It seems sudden because they always seemed like such a low-key couple who were well-suited to each other. You never know though.

Sara Gilbert is separating from wife Linda Perry. The Conners actress, 44, filed papers for a legal separation on Friday in Los Angeles, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE. Gilbert lists their date of separation as Aug. 13, and cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. The former The Talk co-host requests for no spousal support to be awarded to either Perry, 54, or herself.

The pair share 4½-year-old son Rhodes Emilio. Gilbert is also mom to her two kids, Levi Hawk, 15, Sawyer Jane, 12, from a previous relationship.

Gilbert and Perry, who is the former frontwoman for 4 Non Blondes, wed in March 2014 after they began dating in 2011. They got engaged in April 2013 when Perry proposed with a music-themed picnic. Reps for Gilbert and Perry did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

In April, Gilbert announced she was leaving the CBS daytime show The Talk after nine years to focus on her family as well as her career as an actress and producer. Gilbert’s final show aired in August, during which Perry made a surprise appearance with daughter Sawyer. Marie Osmond replaced Gilbert for the tenth season, which premiered in September.

[From People]

Eight years together is nothing to sniff at and I hope there’s no huge drama to come. Again, you never know! Sometimes the lowkey peeps end up being the biggest drama queens. According to TMZ, Sara was the one to file and she asked the court to not give or receive spousal support during the separation. Gilbert has her own assets as an actress, producer and personality. Linda is still an in-demand songwriter too. So it’s not like either of them needs the other’s money, one would think. I wonder what happened between them though.

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  1. Tai says:

    I saw that show in August. Sara’s daughter Sawyer sang her a song she wrote and Linda helped her with. Linda also played the piano while Sawyer sang. It’s hard to believe they were splitting at that point. There were no signs. This must be so hard on the kids. Sawyer was around when Sara split from her prior long term relationship and now she is going through this one.

  2. CROWHOOD says:

    My husband and I are In the process of separating and nobody will see it coming. Sometimes marriages end quietly and signs aren’t there.

    • Tiffany says:

      I see it this way as well. Sara is making some big career changes that can change the household dynamic. I listened to a interview that Linda Perry did earlier this year and I can totally see her not being down for this. She finally had stability after a earlier life of instability.

    • Harla says:

      Sorry to hear this Crowhood, I hope all goes well for you both!

    • Renee says:

      I’m sorry to hear this Crowhood. I’m sending you hugs for a peaceful resolution.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Sorry to hear that Crowhood I hope things are as calm as possible for you moving forward.

  3. Ronaldinhio says:

    Marriages, like friendships and jobs have a story arc. Sometimes you aren’t on the same arc as the other person

    • Some chick says:

      This is very true. I’ve been through it a few times myself.

      I used to go see 4 Non Blondes in SF all the time. Linda is a fierce performer and really fun to see. Her deeper talent is for writing and she has written a lot of hits for a lot of folks.

      Sara was always my favorite on the shows I saw her on.

      Hopefully this is what is best for everyone. I’ll never sign a contract like that again.

  4. girl_ninja says:

    Too bad. Love is so fickle and relationships are hard work.

  5. Boxy Lady says:

    There seems to be some hope here since they didn’t jump straight to divorce. On the other hand, the legal delineation seems to be important for some reason. Finances? Child custody? Third party?

  6. DragonWise says:

    I’m sorry to hear that their relationship didn’t work out, but I imagine this will be pretty drama-free because they aren’t really dramatic people and have their own successful careers. Linda Perry is a boss–I can’t listen to “Beautiful” without misting up a bit, and What’s Going On, as repetitive as it is, still bangs.