Jane Lynch and her wife, clinical psychologist Dr. Lara Embry, said Monday they were separating after three years.
"Lara and I have decided to end our marriage," Lynch told People magazine in a statement. "This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another. We ask for privacy as we deal with this family matter."
The two, who married May 31, 2010, at the Blue Heron Restaurant in Sunderland, Mass., were raising Embry's daughter, Haden Collette Ryan-Embry, 11, from a previous relationship, . The couple met at a May 2009 San Francisco fundraiser at which Lynch, 52, was a presenter and Embry, 44, an honoree.
"My greatest pleasure is Haden, my stepdaughter," Lynch told People at an event in Manhattan last March. "I am surprised how much love you feel and how you would do anything for your children."
Lynch -- who won a 2010 Emmy Award for her portrayal of feisty cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on "Glee" -- currently stars as Miss Hannigan in Broadway's "Annie: The Musical." The comedy veteran has appeared in films including the Christopher Guest satires "Best in Show" (2000) and "A Mighty Wind" (2003), as well as "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006), "Smiley Face" (2007), "Julie & Julia" (2009) and last year's animated "Wreck-It Ralph."
Embry graduated from Smith and received master's degrees both from Columbia University and the University of Washington, where she also earned a PhD in clinical psychology.