Madeleine West has announced her split from her partner of 13 years, Shannon Bennett.
Speaking to Stellar, the actress said the pair are 'striving to reconnect as friends and parents'.
'Having a public profile, having two high-pressure careers, having a multitude of children – and I will say they are a lot harder to train than dragons – it puts exponential pressures on a relationship, and cracks can form, and things that we don't necessarily plan in the beginning can happen'.
The couple share six young children together, Phoenix, 12, Hendrix, 10, Xascha, 8, Xanthe, 6, and twins Xalia and Margaux, 4.
'I've made a point of shielding my children,' she told Stellar 'Until they're of an age where they can choose to enter the public eye, then it's my responsibility to keep them safe'.