The two have two sons together: 16-year-old Xen and eight-year-old Ezekiel.
Of the split veteran actress told TMZ: ‘After 27 years of being together and two amazing children, it pains me to announce that I’ve filed for divorce. It’s an emotional time and I graciously ask for privacy for me, our children and the rest of our family.’
Despite one relationship ending, perhaps another one will be coming back together as she and co-stars Martin Lawrence and Tichina Arnold were seen outside a Burbank Morton’s Steakhouse last month.
Emerging from the restaurant, the trio chatted with TMZ, and when the possibility of reviving the show came up, Martin, 52, said: ‘Never say never.’
‘It pains me to announce that I’ve filed for divorce’: The 49-year-old actress released a statement to TM, she is pictured in August 2016
Family first: The two have two sons together: 16-year-old Xen and eight-year-old Ezekiel, as the former couple are pictured together in April 2016
He clarified that ‘we don’t know nothing right now, but never say never.’
When they were pressed further, 48-year-old Tichina offered the vague: ‘Well, within life, there’s always new beginnings, and there’s always change, and there’s always new plateaus where we have to reach, so we’ll see what’s happening.’
Tisha, 49, vamped to the camera: ‘We can’t tell y’all s***.’
Laughing, Tichina said: ‘See, I was gonna put it a little more eloquently.’
Before the original series came to an end in 1997, it had been beset with scandal, with Tisha suing her leading man.
Tisha accused Martin of sexual harassment and abuse and left the show, returning with the proviso that she and he would not have scenes together.
Yet Martin – who denied the allegations at the time – and Tisha seem to have patched their friendship up, and appeared in cheerful spirits with Tichina this Thursday.
During their interview with TMZ, the three of them mulled aloud what a potential revival of Martin – which originally ran from 1992 to 1997 – could look like.
‘Well, I don’t think we have to do it the same way,’ said Martin. ‘I just think we have to be funny and we have to be entertaining and give people heartfelt stories.’
‘And the truth,’ added Tisha.
Asked what the truth is, Tisha specified: ‘I think, evolution. Evolution, you know? It’s still gonna be fun,’ she said, turning to Martin with a smile.
‘Yeah,’ said Martin, grinning back.
‘But it’s gonna be an evolution,’ said Tisha, to which Martin concurred: ‘That’s right.’
When the interviewer prodded them about whether a revived version of the sitcom would have a political angle, Tisha got a laugh by demanding: ‘Why are you asking all this – didn’t we just tell you, what – that we don’t know?’
‘We would definitely wanna be current,’ said Tichina. ‘You know, we’re not trying to relive anything. We wanna give credence to the past, and to show how the past has evolved, and made us who we are.’
She pointed out: ‘We’re blessed, because the ’90s were a great time, and we would love to recreate it, just bring it back alive and give credence to it, and kinda tap into a place where people – ‘
‘We ain’t telling y’all s***!’ Tisha lightheartedly snapped at the camera.