LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Colin Firth and Livia Firth attend the GQ Men of the Year awards at The Royal Opera House on September 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Love Actually actor Colin Firth and his wife, Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli, have announced their separation after 22 years together, saying in a statement that they remain ‘united in their love’ for their children, teenage sons Matteo and Luca.

“Colin and Livia Firth have separated,” a spokesperson told E! News. “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 comes less than two years after Giuggioli admitted to having had a year-long affair with Italian journalist Marco Brancaccia, who she accused of stalking her before later dropping the charges. 

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 07: Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)

Giuggioli reportedly told police she “lived in terror” of Brancaccia, who she alleged was “emailing photographs” to Firth and threatening to write “compromising articles” about the couple. 

At the time, Firth and Giuggioli addressed the affair with a statement to the Sunday Times reading, “A few years ago Colin and Livia privately made the decision to separate. During that time Livia briefly became involved with former friend Mr Brancaccia. The Firths have since reunited.”

It continued: “Subsequently, Mr Brancaccia carried out a frightening campaign of harassment over several months, much of which is documented. For obvious reasons, the Firths have never had any desire to make this matter public.”

Firth and Giuggioli met in 1996 on the set of British-Italian television series Nostromo and were married a year later in Italy, where Giuggioli is from.