Nicholas Sparks Separates with Wife

1/6/2015 7:03 AM PST

Nicholas Sparks Separates with Wife

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Famed author Nicholas Sparks has separated from his wife after 25 years of marriage.

"The Notebook" author told People, "This is, of course, not a decision we've made lightly. We remain close friends with deep respect for each other and love for our children."

The Sparks have 3 sons and twin daughters, between the ages of 12 and 23.

The language, "we remain close friends" sounds like more than a separation. 

We checked and so far there's no evidence anyone has filed legal docs to end the marriage.