March 30, 2006

“Friends” star Matt LeBlanc files for divorce

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood actor Matt LeBlanc, who
played the good-humored ladies' man Joey on the smash hit
television comedy "Friends," filed for divorce on Thursday from
his wife of three years, Melissa Sue.

The 38-year-old actor, who now appears in "Friends" spinoff
"Joey," filed a dissolution of marriage petition in Los Angeles
Superior Court under his full name, Matthew Steven LeBlanc, and
listed the date of separation as January 1, 2006.

Matt and Melissa Sue LeBlanc, a 41-year-old former model,
have a 2-year-old daughter together.

"Melissa and Matt LeBlanc have decided to end their
marriage of three years," the actor's spokesman, Joe Libonati,
said in a statement. "The dissolution is amicable. They remain
devoted parents and friends. For the sake of their family, they
ask that their privacy be respected at this time."

LeBlanc rose to fame in "Friends" in which Joey struggled
through an up-and-down acting career and various love affairs.
When that series went off the air in 2004, LeBlanc headlined
his own TV series, but "Joey" has never enjoyed the same type
of success.