It's the end of the line for a 90210 alum and his wife: People reports that Ian Ziering and Erin Kristine Ludwig—parents to two young daughters, 8-year-old Mia and 6-year-old Penna—are terminating their marriage after nearly a decade together. "It is with a heavy heart that I tell you Erin and I are splitting up," Ziering posted Thursday on Instagram. "With our hectic work schedules we could not be busier, and over the last few years have grown apart." The couple started dating in September 2009 and were engaged by the following February; they married in May 2010. In his online message, the 55-year-old Sharknado star heaped praise on his soon-to-be ex, calling the 34-year-old "one of the most incredible women I have ever met and the best mom to our kids."
He also offers a cryptic warning to those he says are trying to "sensationalize" the couple's split. "Any quote attributed to me is completely false and solely meant by haters to undermine our intention to continue to get along, protect and raise our daughters, and be examples of successful co-parents," he writes, not elaborating on the quote in question. Per ExtraTV.com, Erin Ziering offers her own take on Instagram, noting the separation was Ian's idea. "After 9 1/2 years of marriage Ian asked for a divorce," she writes. "After having asked multiple times I knew it was time to give up. Knowing that I am not the person to make him happy makes the situation feel more peaceful." She adds that she and their daughters "are doing great and finding gratitude and love in our new life together." Ian Ziering's five-year marriage to Playboy model Nikki Schieler Ziering ended in 2002. (Read more celebrity split up stories.)