Nicholas Sparks, man behind popular romance novels , splits with wife of 25 years

Life doesn't imitate art after all.

Romance novelist Nicholas Sparks, who is well known for his bestsellers, is breaking up with his wife of 25 years.

"Cathy and I have separated," said Sparks in a statement released through his Los Angeles publicist.

Of course, Sparks is well-known for weepy, romantic novels that are made into popular Hollywood films.

Sparks continued: "This is, of course, not a decision we've made lightly. We remain close friends with deep respect for each other and love of our children."

He is best known for his debut novel "The Notebook," which went on to become the chick-flick of choice in the 2004 movie of the same name starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. 

Sparks has said in previous interviews that his wife Cathy Cote has been a source of inspiration.

"Every morning when I wake up and see my wife - that is the kind of love that I write about in the novels," he told the New York Daily News in 2013. 

For anyone who needs a refresher, here are some of the more famous Nicholas Sparks movies.


1. The Notebook (also known as the movie that propagated unrealistic notions of romantic love)




2. Dear John




3. A Walk To Remember




4. Safe Haven 




5. The Lucky One




6. The Last Song



Sources: AFP/ YouTube