Indian actor Hrithik Roshan has separated from his wife.

The Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai star married Sussanne Khan in 2000, but the union ran into problems in 2010 when he was romantically linked to Mexican actress Barbara Mori.

The star confirmed the news of the split in a statement on Friday (13Dec13), which read: "Sussanne has decided to separate from me and end our 17 yr (year) relationship. This is a very trying time for the entire family and I request the media and the people to grant us our privacy at this time.

"I do not wish this news to disempower my fans and the people about the institution of marriage in any way. I am a firm believer in this institution and respect and honour it at the highest level."

Roshan and Khan have two young children, Hrehaan and Hridhaan.