After nearly 40 years of marriage, Dan Aykroyd and his wife, Donna Dixon, are divorcing. The pair confirmed their breakup to PEOPLE in a joint statement on Friday, adding that they are still legally married.
“We are now on different life paths after 39 years as a marriage. We continue to be legally married, co-parents, co-workers, and business partners “They stated. “This is our beloved friendship’s decision.”
Aykroyd and Dixon met on the set of Doctor Detroit in 1983, and they married soon after the film’s release. They have three children, one of them is singer-songwriter Vera Sola (born Danielle Aykroyd).
“You have to find the perfect person — look them in the eye, have them look back, and know their essence,” Aykroyd told the Tampa Bay Times in 2014 about their marriage. “She’s a Southern lady who is patient and doesn’t mind dealing with the lads on occasion. I refer to her as the White Goddess. And my name is the Green Demon.”
The pair co-starred in 1985’s Spies Like Us and 1988’s The Couch Trip, and they also featured in Twilight Zone: The Movie and Exit to Eden in 1994.
Aykroyd was briefly engaged to Carrie Fisher before marrying Dixon, after proposing to her on the set of The Blues Brothers in 1979.