Writer Nicholas Sparks, wife Cathy and their children pose on arrival for the world premiere of the film The Lucky One at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. — PHOTO: AFP


Nicholas Sparks, a well-known romance novelist whose bestsellers have turned into a series of blockbuster Hollywood films, has ended his 25 years of marriage with his wife.

“Cathy and I have separated,” Sparks, 49, said in a statement released Tuesday through his Los Angeles publicist.

“This is, of course, not a decision we’ve made lightly. We remain close friends with deep respect for each other and love for our children,” the author said.

“For our children’s sake, we regard this as a private matter,” he added.

It can be recalled that Sparks considered his wife, Cathy Cote, as a source of inspiration and as a key to his success.

“Every morning when I wake up and see my wife – that is the kind of love that I write about in the novels,” he told the New York Daily News in 2013.

“All of the female characters I create have many elements of my wife,” Sparks said in a separate interview with eHarmony in 2012.

The couple has three sons and two daughters. They married in 1989, seven years before Spark’s debut novel, The Notebook, that reached the silver screen on 2004, brought him to fame.

Other novels by Sparks that were adapted into films include Message in a Bottle, The Lucky One and Dear John. He is known for penning everlasting love and powerful stories making him the “king of the love story. He, however, does not call himself a love expert nor he acts like one.


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