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There are some famous couples whose relationships are constantly scrutinized, thanks to reports — usually fictional — about pregnancy rumours, impending divorces and scandalous affairs. And then there are the other celebs who manage to fly under the radar, go about their daily lives without being photographed or followed, but don’t mind speaking frankly about their personal lives when asked. Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez are one of those couples — though, technically, not anymore.

Vardalos and Gomez announced on Tuesday that after 25 years of marriage, they’ve decided to call it quits. “Irreconcilable differences” is the reason cited on court documents but their joint statement to People is much more telling.

“We’ve been respectfully separated for a lengthy period of time,” it reads. “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.”

According to the docs, Vardalos lists the date of separation as June 29, 2017 (so, over a year ago) and they’re asking for joint legal custody of their 11-year-old daughter, Ilaria Vardalos Gomez.

“Our relationship became a friendship.” How often do you hear that from other couples? Or perhaps that’s what your own household is like. Because it’s more common than you might think, feeling more like a sibling or a roommate with your partner. It’s not a matter of growing apart or falling out of love because love is still very much in the picture. For many couples, that’s OK. It works, it is what it is and it’s not the end of the world. But others need that passion. And if that spark is missing, they do what they have to do. Some cheat; others call it quits, like Nia and Ian.

It’s not always happily ever after but sometimes the alternative isn’t so bad either.