Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet announced on Instagram Wednesday they are separating after 16 years together and four years married.
“We have all felt the squeeze and changes of these transformational times,” reads a joint statement shared on Momoa’s Instagram. Bonet does not have Instagram. “A revolution is unfolding ~ and our family is of no exception… feeling and growing from the seismic shifts occurring
“And so~ We share our family news: That we are parting ways in marriage. We share this not because we think it’s newsworthy ~ but so that~ as we go about our lives we may do so with dignity and honesty.”
Momoa, 42, and Bonet, 54, married in October 2017 after dating for more than a decade. It was the first marriage for Momoa and the second for Bonet, who had been married to rock star Lenny Kravitz from 1987 to 1993.
In a December 2020 issue of Men’s Health, Momoa talked about working up the nerve to make the first move with Bonet when he was 26. The “Aquaman” star said that he was “a nervous wreck” at the time.
“Especially when you meet someone you’re completely infatuated with and then find out she’s amazing, intelligent, and funny and she’s a goddess and you’re a degenerate,” he told the magazine.
Still, Momoa pushed past his nerves and said he’d encourage anyone else in the same situation to try their best to do the same.
“Be you. Try to be funny and make her laugh,” he said.
The couple share two children: daughter Lola Iolani Momoa, 14, and son Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, 13. Their statement on Wednesday stressed they were separating to set a good example for their kids.
“The love between us carries on, evolving in ways it wishes to be known and lived,” the statement said. “We free each other ~ to be who we are learning to become… our devotion unwavering to this sacred life and our Children.”
The joint statement was signed “J & L” with the valediction: “Teaching our Children What’s possible ~ Living the Prayer … May Love Prevail.”
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