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Originally posted 12/14/2013 07:45AM
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Originally posted 12/11/2013 08:05PM
After a decade of marriage, Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel have separated, PEOPLE confirms.
"Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have jointly decided to separate at this time," reps for the couple tell PEOPLE exclusively. "Their primary focus and concern is for their son. We ask that you respect their privacy during this time."
Diggs – who is currently starring in The Best Man Holiday – and Menzel, both 42, met as costars in the original production of the Broadway musical Rent in the mid-1990s. They married in 2003 and had a son, Walker, in September 2009.
Originally posted 11/15/2013 02:30PM
All the fellas are back in The Best Man Holiday, which, PEOPLE's critics say, should please the crowds. But the real winner is Bruce Dern in a hidden gem called Nebraska.
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Originally posted 04/20/2013 09:25PM
"I'm not going to glamorize it or glorify it – we go through tough times like everybody else, but we love each other very much," the actress tells PEOPLE
Originally posted 03/05/2013 02:00PM
"When it seems like he's smiling, he's actually roaring because he wanted to be a tiger," the actor says of his son
Originally posted 01/28/2013 04:30PM
A quick note to any salesmen hoping to unload a home security system on Private Practice star Taye Diggs: He doesn't need one.
Last night, after returning to his Los Angeles home from the Screen Actors Guild Awards with his wife Idina Menzel at 11:20 p.m., Diggs discovered a burglar in his garage. The intruder – first reported on by TMZ and later identified as Hassan Juma, 20 – attempted to flee, but didn't get very far.
"The suspect tried to run away, but [Diggs] chased him down the street and was able to detain him until police arrived," LAPD spokesman Richard French tells PEOPLE. "At this time, I don't know exactly what he did to the suspect to detain him."
Originally posted 09/22/2009 10:25AM
Amid the chaos and anxiety that comes with being a newly minted father, Taye Diggs has emerged with that uniquely parental emotion: pure, unadulterated awe.
"It's been amazing just to come home to that little dude," the Private Practice star, 38, tells PEOPLE about the birth of his son, Walker, earlier this month. "Every time I leave the house, it just makes me want to come back even more. It's just a great prize waiting for me."
And that great prize seems to be the gift that keeps on giving for the first-time dad.
Originally posted 09/15/2009 06:30PM
Is he a Broadway baby in the making? Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel offered fans a glimpse of son Walker, 2 weeks, in a family portrait released Tuesday.
Walker – the first child for the Rent stars – was born on Sept. 2.
Menzel and Diggs, both 38, met while starring in the 1996 Broadway production of Rent. They wed in January 2003.
Originally posted 09/03/2009 12:10PM
It's a boy for Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel. The couple welcomed a son, Walker Diggs, on Wednesday, the couple's reps confirm to PEOPLE.
"Mother, father and son are all doing well," the reps said in a statement.
The Broadway belters announced the pregnancy in March, later sharing that the baby was a boy.
Although they had a few names in mind, Diggs said they were waiting to make a final decision.
Originally posted 08/05/2009 02:45PM
Eagerly awaiting the birth of their son early next month, Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel have picked out just about everything he is going to need – except a name.
"We have a spot in New York and one [in Los Angeles]," the Private Practice star told PEOPLE during a recent visit to the show's set. "[Idina] has both nurseries done. She did them herself, painted them, and today she's putting together a bassinet. We've picked out our doula. My wife is so on it!"
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