Another Hollywood marriage has sadly ended. Actress Monica Potter and her husband, Christopher Allison, are headed for divorce, E! News recently reported. According to court documents obtained by the entertainment site, Monica, 46, and Christopher cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their split.
The Parenthood star and Christopher — who works as an orthopedic surgeon — previously exchanged vows in 2005 and are parents to one daughter, 12-year-old Molly Allison, together. Monica is additionally a mom to two adult sons, Daniel Potter and Liam Potter, from her first marriage to Tom Potter. "She is very sad and heartbroken," a source close to Monica and Christopher told People of their separation. "But they are focused on co-parenting their daughter."
The news of Monica's divorce comes just weeks after the actress made headlines for convincing her fans that she might be pregnant with baby No. 4. After the star posted a cryptic snapshot of herself seemingly showing off a bare baby bump, many of her Instagram followers were quick to assume Monica was expecting another child. The photo was captioned "I have something to share…"
She later explained the Instagram post was simply to raise awareness about ulcerative colitis, a condition which Monica suffers from. "Thank you to everyone who has sent me well wishes. I’m not pregnant but wanted to shed some light on some issues we all may deal with, especially women. It’s never really talked about because it’s not sexy, pretty, our glamorous to say the least, so I decided to share a photo to possibly inspire my friends (you), create a platform to share stories, and rely on each other for support and guidance," she explained.
"I’ve had colitis for almost two years and sometimes when I get flare-ups it’s painful and frustrating, so for all of you who suffer from colitis or other abdominal issues, please know you’re not alone," she continued. "I’m going for a check up on Friday and following up with colonoscopy this month. I want to stress the importance of getting regular check-ups with your gastroenterologist or family physician. I hope this open discussion will lead to many other things we face as women, mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and every role we take on."
She added, "Take time for yourself and go get checked. Even if you’re not having issues it’s important. Please note that I am not sponsored by anyone but me. I did this on my own and just wanted to share. That being said, a huge thank you to these foundations that are bringing awareness and guidance to all of us for better health."