David Schwimmer and Zoë Buckman met in 2007.

David Schwimmer and Zoë Buckman met in 2007. Credit: Invision / Danny Moloshok

Actor David Schwimmer and his wife, British multimedia artist and photographer Zoë Buckman, have announced they are separating after nearly seven years and one child together.

“It is with great love, respect and friendship that we have decided to take some time apart while we determine the future of our relationship,” the couple said Wednesday in a statement to Us Weekly. “Our priority is, of course, our daughter’s happiness and well-being during this challenging time, and so we ask for your support and respect for our privacy as we continue to raise her together and navigate this new chapter for our family.”

It was the first marriage for both.

Former “Friends” star Schwimmer, 50, who recently received an Emmy nomination for his role as Robert Kardashian in last year’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” met Buckman, who is in her early 30s, in London in 2007, while Schwimmer was there directing the romantic comedy “Run, Fatboy, Run.”

In March 2010, the two announced their engagement. They were married early that June in an unpublicized ceremony that Schwimmer’s representative confirmed that October. The couple have a daughter, Cleo Buckman Schwimmer, born on May 8, 2011, in New York.

Schwimmer, who had earned an earlier Emmy nomination for playing Ross Geller in the long-running NBC sitcom “Friends,” recently starred in the AMC drama “Feed the Beast.” Work from Buckman’s 2016 multimedia series “Mostly It’s Just Uncomfortable,” a feminist response to criticism of Planned Parenthood, was displayed at Rock The Vote’s Truth to Power exhibition at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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