It's over for actor Elliot Page and his wife Emma Portner. According to a new report from Page Six, the Umbrella Academy star filed for divorce on Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Manhattan Supreme Court. Page and Portner confirmed the news in a joint statement issued to Bustle on Tuesday, writing, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce following our separation last summer. We have the utmost respect for each other and remain close friends."
The news of their split comes shortly after Page came out as transgender in December 2020. After Page shared his heartfelt letter, Portner took to Instagram to support the actor and the entire LGBTQ+ community. "Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world," Portner wrote in a Dec. 1 Instagram post. "I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot's existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much."
Page and Portner, a professional dancer and choreographer, wed in 2018 after about six months of dating. The notoriously private couple announced the surprise news on Instagram with snapshots of both of their rings. The two met on social media, with Page telling the New York Times in 2018 that he felt inclined to reach out to Portner after she shared a dance video to a song by Sylvan Esso. "I thought, damn, this girl is so talented and so cool," Page recalled. "I knew right away we were both creative spirits." Portner said in the same interview, "I watched one of [Page's] films when I was about 12 [and] I knew we'd cross paths someday — I just wasn't quite sure when or how."
Page chronicled the "joy" and fear of having "arrived at this point in my life" when he came out last month, disclosing he/him and they/them pronouns. "I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self," Page wrote on Instagram. "To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better."