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Ioan Gruffudd files for divorce from wife Alice Evans after 13 years following 'gaslighting' row

IOAN Gruffudd has filed for divorce from wife Alice Evans after she accused him of "gaslighting" during their bitter split.

The actor has taken action to end their 13-year marriage, according to court records obtained by The Blast.

He filed documents at the Los Angeles Superior Court to begin the proceedings.

It’s unknown whether the pair, who have two children together, had signed a pre-nuptial agreement.

Alice, 49, claimed the Liar star Ioan had "walked out" on her and their two daughters after saying he "no longer loves her".

She broke the news to fans in a since deleted post on Twitter, explaining that her husband, 47, had given very few details about his decision.

She wrote: "Sad news. My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week.

"Me and our young daughters girls are very confused and sad. We haven’t been given a reason except that he ‘no longer loves me.’ I’m so sorry."

The couple have been married since 2007 and have two daughters, Ella, 11, and Elsie, seven.

Alice, who met Ioan on the set of 2000 film 102 Dalmatians, accused him of "gaslighting" and "mentally torturing" her, adding she was “very confused and sad” in an emotional statement.

Ioan later said: "Look, as I said before, it's an extremely difficult time for the family.

"Our thoughts are with our children obviously right now and I'd really respect a little bit of privacy right now, thank you."

Ioan played widower and serial rapist Andrew Earlham opposite Joanne Froggatt in hit ITV drama Liar.

Last month Alice revealed she had remained friends with Ioan – star of ITV drama Liar – for the sake of their children.

In an emotional statement Alice, 49, said she wanted to address their relationship once more.

She wrote on Instagram: “Thank you for your kind comments.

“As for the unkind ones, I get it. It must be weird to comprehend why somebody would share their pain on social media rather than with their nearest and dearest.

“I get that. You must think I’m an a**hole. I’m not though. I don’t have a mum, or a dad. I don’t have any close friends in LA. I’ve looked after my kids for half their lives alone. My husband knows that.

“We are indeed discussing legal separation, but we are still friends.

"You can say what you want about me being an attention seeker but you know it’s not true. You just want a reason to put me down. Please – go ahead. I’m impenetrable.”

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