U.S. soap opera star Greg Vaughan has split from his model/actress wife Touriya Haoud after nine years of marriage.

The Days of Our Lives star wed Haoud in 2006, but after three children together, they have decided to part ways.

In a message on Instagram.com on Sunday (13Apr14), the couple writes, "As we open our hearts full of love & sadness, 9 years together & 3 beautiful children, we have decided to amicably separate.

"With dear love for each other and our family, as parents first and foremost, we kindly ask our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. With our sincere love, Greg & Touriya".