Guy Pearce Splits From Wife Katie Mestitz After 18 Years Of Marriage

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Guy Pearce and wife Kate Mestitz have called it quits after 18 years of marriage. 

The “Memento” actor released a statement to the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, explaining that the pair decided to separate back in January but remain very close friends. 

“Kate and I will always love and support one another and be the best of friends,” Pearce, 48, said in the statement. “No one knows me like Kate does, and we’ll forever be appreciative of our mutual respect. We’ve both grown enormously through our relationship, but sadly, the time has come to part ways.”

Pearce met Mestitz in 1980, while they both were attending Geelong College in Victoria, Australia. The couple wed in 1997.

Over on Twitter, the actor shared a sweet message about the split, stressing the love he still has for his ex: 

Pearce also shared a handful of photos of Mestitz, writing on one that he’d shared “the best 20+ years” of his life with her: 

In an interview with The Guardian in June 2012, Pearce credited Mestitz, a psychologist, with keeping him grounded. 

“Having a partner who has nothing to do with Hollywood helps keep things in perspective,” the actor said. “Our life is not in any way centered around celebrity, partly because we live in Melbourne and partly because of my reluctance to be involved in it.”

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