Celebrity divorces, breakups of 2013 / 2012

Slideshow posted in Photos | Monday, January 23, 2012

7 of 143: Mayim Bialik, who stars on the CBS sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory' and was the main star of the 1990s sitcom 'Blossom,' filed for divorce from her husband of nine years, Michael Stone, on Nov. 21, 2012. She is seeking joint custody of their two young sons.

'I'm beating the tabloids to it and posting this Divorce Statement,' she Tweeted, linking to a blog post she penned for the Jewish parenting website Kveller.

'After much consideration and soul-searching, Michael and I have arrived at the decision to divorce due to 'Irreconcilable Differences,'' she said. 'Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children. It is not something we have decided lightly. The hands-on style of parenting we practice played no role in the changes that led to this decision; relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose.'

'The main priority for us now is to make the transition to two loving homes as smooth and painless as possible,' Bialik said. 'Our sons deserve parents committed to their growth and health and that's what we are focusing on. Our privacy has always been important and is even more so now, and we thank you in advance for respecting it as we negotiate this new terrain. We will be ok.'

Her husband has not commented publicly on the matter.

(Pictured: Mayim Bialik talks to OTRC.com at a cocktail reception party for the upcoming 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 20, 2012.) (OTRC Photo)