Say what? Diff’rent Strokes star Todd Bridges and his wife of 14 years Dori are getting a divorce.
“It is confirmed that after 14 years of marriage, the Bridges have decided that disunion is in the best interest of their collective futures,” a rep for the actor told E! News. “Although Todd and Dori are going their separate ways, they are mutually committed to the well-being of their son.”
Bridges, 47, also wrote of the break-up on Twitter Friday, praising his ex-wife and acknowledging that “life is full of changes.”
“She’s a great mother im glad to have had the years to know her and have a great kid with her,” Bridges, who has a 13-year-old son with Dori, wrote. “[A]s we know, people grow apart and we did.”
The couple’s son, Spencir Bridges, is also child actor and appeared in the 2007 film, “Daddy Day Camp” and in an episode of “iCarly.”
Besides his role as Willis Jackson on the NBC/ABC sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, Todd Bridges is famous for becoming the first African-American child actor to have a recurring role on a successful TV series, The Waltons.
After his run with Diff’rent Strokes ended in the 80s, Bridges wrote a book, Killing Willis, discussing his addiction to cocaine, criminal charges, and efforts to establish a public identity independent of the character he portrayed in the show.
Aside from TV, Todd’s big screen credits include roles in Friday, The Replacements, and Billy Graham’s The Climb.
Bridges will been seen next in Adam Sandler’s new film “That’s My Boy,” slated to hit theaters on June 15th.