Balthazar Getty: Yes, My Wife and I Have Separated

07/21/2008 at 07:05 PM EDT

Balthazar Getty: Yes, My Wife and I Have Separated
Balthazar Getty, who has been photographed smooching actress Sienna Miller, has announced that he's splitting from his wife Rosetta Getty, with whom he has four children.

"The breakdown of a marriage is a very difficult and painful experience especially when children are involved," he said in a statement released Monday. "In light of the fact that many pictures have surfaced in print and on the Internet which has caused myself and my family great embarrassment, I felt it necessary to at least acknowledge publicly that yes indeed my wife and I have separated and I will not be commenting any further."

The Brothers & Sisters actor, 33, was recently seen with Miller, who was topless, in a boat off the Amalfi coast.

A friend told PEOPLE that Getty's wife is upset by the public affair. "It's humiliating," a friend said. "Rosetta left the country to protect the kids, and he continues to see Sienna publicly."

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