Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson Separate

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Warning: Too much hotness can cause a relationship to burst.

And so it goes for Ryan, who People magazine recently honored as its Sexiest Man Alive, and Scarlett, who GQ recently named Babe of the Year. Judging from the joint statement they released late on Tuesday, the pair are parting ways amicably.

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“After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we’ve decided to end our marriage,” the statement read.

“We entered our relationship with love and kindness, and it’s with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”

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Scarlett, 26, married Reynolds, 34, in a private ceremony in his hometown of Vancouver in May 2008. They remained tight-lipped throughout their relationship, but Scarlett did offer a glimpse into married life last April. Speaking to the British edition of InStyle magazine, she said she enjoyed cooking for Ryan.

“There’s a nice comfort in that,” she said. “That part of your life is certain, in a way. You’ve got your home in that other person.”