Grey’s Anatomy star Caterina Scorsone and her husband of more than ten years, Rob Giles, have called it quits on their marriage. Scorsone – who plays Dr. Amelia Shepherd on the ABC medical drama – married Giles in 2009 and they share three daughters: Eliza, 7, Paloma “Pippa” Michaela, 3, and Arwen, 4 months.
“Caterina and Rob have separated. They remain friends and are committed to co-parenting their children in a spirit of love,” their reps told People magazine in a joint statement.
Giles is a musician who has had a career as a singer/songwriter, but he switched career paths and is now working as a television writer.
According to the Today Show, Scorsone filed a petition for a “dissolution of marriage with minor children” on Friday at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles. The split comes just one month before the couple would have celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary.
Scorsone gave birth to the couple’s third child, Arwen, in December. She and Giles announced the news with an Instagram post of the newborn snuggling with big sister Eliza. In the caption of the post, Scorsone wrote: “Arwen is here! Our family wishes you a happy new year, a happy new decade and a happy heart made new by love in every exquisite moment.”
Last month, the actress posted a pic of herself holding baby Arwen and revealed that she and Giles had changed their mind about their youngest daughter’s name. Instead of calling her Arwen, they decided to call her by her middle name Lucinda, or “Lucky for short.
Scorsone’s daughter Pippa was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, and the actress has used her Grey’s Anatomy fame as a platform to advocate for Down Syndrome families. Last year, Scorsone said on the Motherly podcast that she unconsciously thought that her job as a mother was that she was supposed to equip her daughter to survive in a competitive world.
She admits she went “into a tailspin” after hearing her daughter’s diagnosis because she realized that Pippa would have some physical and cognitive differences. However, one day everything changed.
“This simple voice came to me where I was like, ‘I don’t know what to do — oh, I’m supposed to keep her safe and I’m supposed to make her feel loved,”’ said Caterina Scorsone. “And suddenly my understanding of my job as a mother completely distilled and opened.”