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Diggs, Menzel split


Married stage and film actors Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs are splitting up.

A publicist for the couple announced the breakup Thursday in a statement that said the separation was “jointly decided” and that “primary focus and concern is for their son.”

The pair met while appearing in “Rent” off-Broadway and married in 2003 after dating for seven years. They co-starred on Broadway in the show “Wild Party” in 2000 and on the TV show “Private Practice.”

Their son, Walker, was born in 2009.

Menzel, 42, made her Broadway debut in “Rent” and won a Tony as Elphaba in “Wicked.” She also has launched a solo recording career and had a recurring role on TV in “Glee.” She is currently starring in the Broadway-bound musical “If/Then.”

Diggs, 42, who has been onstage in “Chicago,” recently starred in “The Best Man Holiday.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Dick Van Dyke is 88. Actor Christopher Plummer is 84. Singer Buck White is 83. Singer Ted Nugent is 65. Singer-guitarist Randy Owen is 64. Actress Wendie Malick is 63. Actor Steve Buscemi is 56. Actor Johnny Whitaker is 54. Reality TV star NeNe Leakes is 47. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 46. Actor James Kyson Lee is 38. Singer Amy Lee is 32. Singer Taylor Swift is 24.