Chris Rock and wife Malaak Compton-Rock

After 19 years of marriage, comedian/actor Chris Rock and wife Malaak Compton-Rock are divorcing.

In a statement to People, Malaak said: “After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways. Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties.

“While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.”

Chris’ attorney, Robert S. Cohen, confirmed the news, saying in a statement that Chris has filed papers and “requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.”

Chris and Malaak married in 1996 and have two daughters: 12-year-old Lola Simone and 10-year-old Zahra Savannah.