Bruce Jenner no longer has to keep up with the Kardashians.
After 22 years of marriage and countless rumors of a split, Kris and Bruce Jenner have called it quits. The couple confirmed that development to E! News following months of speculation that a spin-off was inevitable.
“We are living separately and we are much happier this way,” the reality TV power pair confirmed to the tabloid news station. “But we will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority.”
The Jenners have maintained separate residencies for some time, but had always denied that was indicative of a troubled marriage. In November 2012, Kris told E! that she and Bruce had become used to humoring rumors they were destined for divorce.
“We just laugh it off,” said the 57-year-old so-called momager. “We love each other and just laugh about it. … These kind of stories have been circulating for the last couple of years.”
Bruce Jenner, 67, hero of the 1976 Summer Olympics, has reportedly taken up full time residence in his Malibu home while Kris Jenner remains in the family’s Hidden Hills, Calif., estate.
The Jenners married in April 1991, one month after Kris’ divorced her first husband, celebrity lawyer Robert Kardashian, with whom she had four children — reality TV stars Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob. Bruce has four children from two previous marriages.
Together, they have two daughters, Kendall and Kylie.
Rumors of a split between the pair hit an all-time high last week when Kris’ sister Karen Houghton told In Touch magazine her big sis and brother-in-law were no longer an item.
“[Kris and Bruce] are separated,” she told the mag. “Their relationship goes back and forth. I would love to see them get back together.”
Masters of media manipulation they are, the Jenner’s announced their separation with impeccable timing Tuesday evening. Tabloids like IN Touch, US Weekly and People magazine had already put their upcoming issues to bed by Tuesday afternoon.