Kate Bosworth Michael Polish
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It can’t be easy to tell nearly one million followers that you’ve ended a marriage of almost eight years. But somehow (and in true Kate Bosworth style) the 38-year-old actress has so gracefully revealed she and husband Michael Polish have split. The Blue Crush star posted to Instagram overnight explaining that while the couple have the utmost love and respect for one another, they needed to part ways.

In a loved-up photo of the couple, Bosworth described how their love story began when they met on the set of Big Sur in 2011. A film Bosworth starred in and the 50-year-old filmmaker directed.

“‘Do you want to split a burger?’ Yes, Bosworth began. “‘How ‘bout a shot of whiskey?’ Hell yes.”

She continued, “The beginning is often the best part of love. Fireworks, magnets, rebellion — the attraction. The onset signals a wide open expanse of possibility. Split a burger with someone when you are falling in love, and you can die happily knowing this is your last meal. Buy a bottle of whiskey and share shots, pour me a waterfall. Play that perfect song on the jukebox and dance with someone you have known your whole life, though you met minutes ago.”

Bosworth went on to explain how hard it was to leave Polish. ‘Inherently we fear an ending,” she wrote. “To lose what you have because you got what you wanted. To be attached to the expectation of the outcome. The great Unknown.”

“Perhaps this will sound strange to some, romantic to others. To us: this is truth.”

And this is the exact moment that makes us tear up.

“We know the 4 am calls are coming,” the actress added. “Songs will be exchanged to communicate only what songs can do. We laugh as we plan for our next movie together and are excited to share our latest collaboration. We believe the most epic love stories are those which transcend expectation. Our greatest honor has been to experience love like this, and to continue to marvel at the beauty of love’s evolution. What happens when we reach the end of something and realize … we are just at the beginning. This is love. And we will drink that down.”

The likes of designer Anine Bing, actress Rachel Bilson and television personality Elizabeth Chambers (who also split from her husband Armie Hammer this year) gave their love in the comments section.

Bosworth and Polish tied the knot in August 2013. Bosworth doesn’t have any children of her own but became the step mother to Polish’s daughter, Jasper.