Writer Nicholas Sparks, known for romantic dramas such as "The Notebook" and "A Walk To Remember," has split from his wife of 25 years.
The novelist, 49, told People.com: "Cathy and I have separated... 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."