This love story did not have a happy ending. Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks and his wife Cathy — the inspiration for his many heart-wrenching novels — are separating after 25 years of marriage, he confirms to Us Weekly.
"Cathy and I have separated," Sparks, 49, tells Us. "This is of course not a decision we've made lightly. We remain close friends with deep respect for each other and love for our children. For our children's sake, we regard this as a private matter."