Stephen Collins Divorces Wife Of 27 Years
Stephen Collins and wife Faye Grant are calling it quits after 27 years of marriage.
Actor Collins, best known for his portrayal of 7th Heaven patriarch and pastor Eric Camden, said, “My wife and I are moving forward separately in our lives,” according to Us Weekly. “She has been my dearest friend and a loving mother. I know that we’ll go through this process in a way that honors our family.”
Despite the appearance of pleasantries on the part of Collins, Grant’s reaction to the dissolution of her marriage betrays a bit more about the situation: “Stephen’s filing for divorce is a surprise. I am devastated,” continuing, “I wish him the very best in whatever path he chooses to take. Twenty-seven years of marriage in Hollywood is the equivalent of 189 dog years. I was exhausted,” she told E!online.
Collins, who is 64, married 54-year-old Grant in April of 1985. They have one daughter together, named Kate. Apart from his role as the Reverend Camden on 7th Heaven, Collins is also known for appearances on TV and film including Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, The First Wives Club and No Ordinary Family. Grant is also an actor, having starred on State of Grace in 2001, and ABC’s V most recently.
Other 7th Heaven alum have also found their way into the news lately. Barry Watson, who played The Reverend’s son on the popular show, announced on May 3 that he’s expecting his first child with his partner Natasha Gregson Wagner. Though the baby will be the couple’s first, Watson is already a dad by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s Tracy Hutson. The two separated in late 2011.