LOS ANGELES (AP) — Courteney Cox and David Arquette say they have been separated for some time but remain committed parents and “best friends.”

The actors issued a joint statement Monday announcing what they are calling a trial separation after In Touch Weekly reported the pair had split up.

The couple met on set of the film “Scream” in 1996 and they have been married since 1999. They have a 6-year-old daughter.

Cox and Arquette’s statement says they are hoping the separation will help them understand themselves and their relationship. They say they “still love each other deeply.”

The pair are co-starring in the fourth installment of the “Scream” series, which is due out next year.

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