Nicholas Sparks, the bestselling author of 17 romantic novels, will divorce his wife Cathy after 25 years of marriage.
In a statement, Sparks, 49, said he and Cathy remain good friends. “We remain close friends with deep respect for each other and love for our children,” Nicholas said.
The couple, who married in 1989, has five children: Sons Miles, Ryan, and Landon, and twin girls Lexie and Savannah.
Sparks, whose bestselling books were adapted into hit films such as The Notebook, The Best of Me and Message In a Bottle, met his wife during his senior year at Notre Dame University.Nicholas said Cathy was the inspiration behind many of his tearjerker love stories. “I married a woman who loves a lot,” Sparks said in 2013.
“Certainly every female character I’ve ever crafted is a lot like my wife. They’re intelligent and loyal, they’re funny. And most of all, they’re not wishy-washy women. They’re good, solid women.”
Sparks released his latest book, The Longest Ride, in May 2014.