Zooey Deschanel and Husband Jacob Pechenik Announce Split

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After four years of marriage, Zooey Deschanel and husband Jacob Pechenik have decided to call it quits.

Deschanel, 39, and Pechenik, 47, began seeing each other in 2014, after meeting on the set of the Bill Murray comedy Rock the Kasbah. They later confirmed their engagement in January of 2015 after it was revealed that she was expecting their child.

The couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony around the same time.

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Couple Shares Two Children and Two Companies

Deschanel and Pechenik share a 4-year-old daughter named Elsie Otter, and a 2-year-old son, Charlie Wolf. And while neither of them have a degree in nutrition, they also run two companies together that are focused on encouraging people to eat healthier and growing their own food: The Farm Project and Lettuce Grow.

But now, the New Girl star and her producer husband have decided that it is time to go their separate ways.

Deschanel and Pechenik “Better Off as Friends”

In a joint statement given by a representative for the couple, they say that after plenty of consideration and “much discussion,” they have decided that they are “better off as friends, business partners, and co-parents rather than life partners.” They assure that they are still committed to their businesses and the children that they share.

Although they just confirmed their split, Deschanel and Pechenik have actually been separated for several months already, but their silence on the matter was out of the love they have for their children. A friend of the couple told PEOPLE that while they have been separated for a while, “they are very private and are excellent parents” and because of that, they “want this to be smooth for them.”

Deschanel’s Previous Marriage to Musician Ben Gibbard

This was Zooey Deschanel’s second marriage. The actress was previously married to musician Ben Gibbard, From bands Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service. The pair were married near Seattle in 2009, but they officially separated on Halloween of 2012.

Deschanel then finalized the split when she filed for divorce in December of 2012. The paperwork filed cited “unhappy and irreconcilable differences.” Documents also added that there is “no possibility” that mediation or counseling would save the marriage.