‘ Little House’ star separates from husband
FORMER child star Melissa Gilbert has separated from her husband, Tron actor Bruce Boxleitner, after 16 years of marriage, her representative confirmed to US People magazine.
Gilbert, who pl ayed Laura Ingalls Wilder on the classic TV show Little House on the Prairie, began an unlikely romance with Boxleitner, 14 years her senior after his ex-wife set the two up in the early ’ 90s and they were married in 1995.
The couple has a 15-year-old son called Michael, who was named after Gilbert’s Little House co-star Michael Landon. Boxleitner, 60, has two sons with his former wife, actress Kathryn Holcomb, and Gilbert also has a son from a previous marriage.
‘‘ We have loved each other for a very long time and we share four incredible sons together. On behalf of our family we ask to be allowed our privacy during this very difficult time,’’ Gilbert, 46, a former president of the Screen Actors Guild, said in a statement.