MERYL Streep has split from her husband of 45 years after a secret “six-year separation”.
The Devil Wears Prada star, 74, married sculptor Don Gummer, 76, in 1978 and the couple have raised four children together.
Now US release Page six has announced their split – and sources insist they will “always care about each other.”
A statement released to the publication by popular Mamma Mia actress Meryl said: “Don Gummer and Meryl Streep have been separated for more than six years, and while they will always care for each other, they have chosen to live separate lives decided.”
The couple are parents to musician Henry (born 1979), actresses Mamie (born 1983) and Grace (born 1986), and model Louisa (born 1991).
They previously lived together in Connecticut.
Meryl and Don married at her parents’ house just six months after meeting, with her spouse originally being a pal of her brother’s.
She sublet Don’s New York apartment while the visual artist was traveling.
They wrote letters to each other while he was away before falling in love upon his return to NYC.
They largely kept their marriage out of the public eye, but the Kentucky-born Don accompanied the actress to many red carpet events.
Meryl opened up Vogue magazine in 2002 and shared that the secret to their marriage was “goodwill and a willingness to bend — and to keep their mouths shut every now and then.”
She added: “There is no blueprint for how to start a family: it’s always a huge negotiation.”
“But I have a holistic need to work and have great romantic relationships in my life.
“I can’t imagine avoiding one for the other.”
Meryl’s professional success also included her first of many awards shows in 1978, when she won a Primetime Emmy Award for her starring role in the TV miniseries “Holocaust.”
That same year she received her first Oscar nomination for The Deer Hunter.
She has appeared in countless roles, many of which have resulted in major nominations and wins.
Appearances include, in particular, “Sophie’s Choice,” “Death Becomes Her,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Doubt” and “The Iron Lady.”