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Ashley Judd Splits From Husband Dario Franchitti 30.Jan.2013

Actress Ashley Judd and Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti are calling it quits. The couple had 11 years of marriage, People magazine's reports.

The couple issued a statement to People confirming their breakup.

"We have mutually decided to end our marriage," the statement said. "We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed."

Shortly after the news broke, Judd tweeted: "Family forever. @dariofranchitti."

Franchitti later responded with a tweet of his own: "@ashleyjudd family forever."

Judd has been talked about as a possible 2014 Senate candidate in Kentucky, where Democrats want her to challenge GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Fans are wondering if the divorce will hurt this dream.

Weeks ago after the rumors :

"Ashley has yet to decide about running for the United States Senate," Judd spokeswoman Cara Tripicchio told Politico last month.
"She is honored by the incredible encouragement from her fellow Kentuckians and the national interest, including Senator McConnell."

Judd, 44, had supported her husband throughout their marriage.

Franchitti, 39, knew nothing of Judd until they were set up by friends at a 1999 wedding reception. Judd knew little about racing, but eventually said she became "as comfortable in the pits as I am barefoot in my garden."

The couple was married in a December 2001 ceremony in a castle in Scotland, which is Franchitti's home country. Franchitti's brother, race car driver Marino Franchitti, was the best man; the bride's half-sister, country singer Wynonna Judd, was maid of honor.