Yesterday, a picture of actress Gina Torres kissing a man who is not Laurence Fishburne came out via Page Six and had everyone talking. Was she cheating? Had they secretly split? Was she just taking part in a scene for a film or show?
Well, as it turns out, Torres has indeed moved on to a new man, because the Hollywood couple split last fall and kept it on the low. She confirmed the news to PEOPLE, saying the pair quietly separated in the fall after 14 years of marriage.
“With heavy hearts, Laurence and I quietly separated and began the dissolution of our marriage in the early fall of last year,” the 48-year-old said. “There are no bad guys here. Only a love story with a different ending than either one of us had expected.”
The pair married on September 22, 2002 (in a few days it would have marked 15 years) and welcomed their daughter, Delilah, in 2007. In her statement to PEOPLE, Torres said that she and Fishburne will continue to be peaceful and loving and raise their daughter together.
“Happily, however, our family remains intact and we will continue to raise our daughter together with love and joy and awe,” she said. “As well as raise each other up with respect and love and the continued understanding that we’re in this together, if not side by side.”
Fishburne, 56, has been married before. He has two children (Langston and Montana) from a previous marriage with ex-wife Hajna Moss.
In previous interviews, Torres has only spoken highly of her estranged husband. The two have actually worked together more than once, including on his former hit NBC show, Hannibal.
“We work very well together, and we enjoyed each other’s company,” Torres told Collider in 2013. “We have a nice, healthy, wonderful working relationship, and then we get to go home and talk about it a little bit. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love my husband. I think he’s brilliant and a genius. As an actress, to work with that caliber of actor is always a thrill. It can only make you better.”