Former Boston Red Sox Player David “Big Papi” Ortiz and his wife Tiffany have decided to call it quits after 25 years of being together.
The news was shared by Tiffany, who posted to her Instagram followers a detailed depiction of their relationship. Initially beginning dating in 1996, they were married by 2002. She wrote in the caption of her social media post, “Over the past 25 years, David and I have shared a beautiful adventure in love and partnership.”
The photograph is in black and white and seems to be a photo captured at their wedding in the year 2002. Although the news was seemingly sad, she wrote with a hopeful tone of voice.
“We have made the decision to go into a new phase of our life journey together, not as a couple, but as friends and co-parents to our amazing children,” she went on to comment. The two share children D’Angelo and Alexandra together, while Ortiz has a daughter from a previous relationship.
David Ortiz and Tiffany Ortiz’s previous separation in 2013
While Ortiz is yet to make a public statement regarding the separation, this is not the first time the couple has split up. In 2013, the baseball player filed for divorce from his spouse. He reported to MLB.com at the time, “There are some situations in life that work out for a period of time and at some point, they don’t work out anymore and you have to move on. I’m moving on. She’s moving on. Hopefully, everybody respects that.”
Yet, after a year of being separated, Tiffany shared that they had gotten back together, according to Boston Herald. “We separated for a while,” she said before explaining, “We did, but we missed each other terribly.”
Within their years together, they jointly founded the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which is a charity organization that seeks to, “[provide] essential support for children in the Dominican Republic and in New England who cannot afford the critical cardiac services they need.”
The MLB player cited visiting the CEDIMAT Hospital in the Dominican Republic as inspiration for creating the charity. Their website reports that the program has, “saved the lives of over 935 children in the Dominican Republic” and has also “helped thousands more in the New England area.”
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