The 'King's Speech' actor and Livia Giuggioli have decided to take their separate ways roughly two years after her fling with a journalist came to light.

AceShowbiz - British actor Colin Firth is single for Christmas after calling it quits with his wife Livia Giuggioli.

The estranged couple, married for 22 years, announced its split on Friday, December 13.

"Colin and Livia Firth have separated," their representatives share in a statement issued to

"They maintain a close friendship and remain united in their love for their children. They kindly ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."

The news emerges almost two years after Italian film producer Livia admitted to having a fling with journalist Marco Brancaccia from 2015 to 2016, during a secret separation from Firth.

She and "The King's Speech" star subsequently reunited, but their marriage was rocked in March, 2018, when the relationship was made public after they filed a formal complaint with Italian police, accusing Brancaccia of stalking and harassing the pair.

The reporter denied their allegations, and suggested Firth's wife invented the claims to cover up their affair.

The case was due to go to trial in Rome, but a private settlement was eventually reached, resulting in the criminal charges against Brancaccia being dropped.

Firth and Giuggioli, who met on the set of BBC drama "Nostromo" in 1996 and wed a year later, are parents to sons Luca, 18, and 16-year-old Matteo.

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