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Scarlett Johansson kisses her husband Ryan Reynolds at the Tony Awards ceremony in New York, June 13. The couple announced their separation on Tuesday. ((Gary Hershorn/Reuters) )

Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds is splitting from his wife Scarlett Johansson, the couple said in a joint statement Tuesday.

They were married in September 2008 at a private ceremony at a British Columbia resort. The actors say their separation comes  "after long and careful consideration."

Their statement continues: "We entered our relationship with love, and it's with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn't expected, it's certainly appreciated."

Reynolds, 34, was dubbed the "sexiest man alive" by People magazine last month, while Johansson, 26, was GQ's 2010 "babe of the year."

Johansson won a Tony Award earlier this year for her role in A View From the Bridge on the New York stage. Her most recent film role was Iron Man 2.

Vancouver-raised Reynolds, who earlier had a romance with Canadian singer Alanis Morrissette, won critical acclaim recently for his role in Buried and will soon star in Green Lantern.

With files from The Associated Press