'Bad Boys' star Martin Lawrence splits from wife

Wednesday April 25, 2012

Martin Lawrence and his wife Shamicka have decided to end their marriage.

The couple, who dated for 15 years before getting married in 2010 and have two daughters, Amara and Iyana, say they plan to stay friends.

"Out of love and respect for one another we will continue to remain friends and raise our two beautiful daughters together," the pair said in a joint statement released to People.com.

A spokesperson for the Big Momma's House star added: "Martin and Shamicka Lawrence have decided to divorce. The couple ... made the joint decision to part ways."

It was the second marriage for Martin, who was previously wed to former beauty queen Patricia Southall.

The 47-year-old, who recently completed a US comedy tour and shot a comedy pilot for a new TV series, is set to reprise his role as Detective Marcus Burnett alongside Will Smith in Bad Boys III, set for release in 2015.

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