Eva Amurri & Kyle Martino Are Separating — Only Months After Posting A Sweet Instagram Pregnancy Announcement

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6 Facts About Eva Amurri Martino's Instagram Pregnancy And Separation Announcements

Back in September, Susan Sarandon's daughter, actress and blogger Eva Amurri Martino, 34, shared a sweet family photo on Instagram, announcing the exciting news that she and her husband of eight year, former professional soccer player and NBC Sports analyst Kyle Martino, 38, are expecting their third child together.

Now, just over two months later, she's shared an equally sweet family photo, this time letting the world know they've "made the difficult decision to lovingly part ways as a couple."

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Amurri Martino has been open about the realities of marriage and parenthood on her lifestyle blog, Happily Eva After. But there doesn't seem to have been any hint that the two were considering ending their marriage.

Who is Susan Sarandon's daughter, Eva Maria Olivia Amurri Martino, and why are she and husband Kyle Martino separating?

Read on for all the details.

1. Amurri Martino is not only an actress and profilic blogger, she was also born to Hollywood royalty

The film industry is in her blood. Her mom is Academy Award winning actress and activist Susan Sarandon, and her father, Franco Amurri, is an Italian screenwriter, producer and director whose 1987 film Da grande (Italian for "grown up") was the inspiration for Tom Hanks' 1988 blockbuster, Big.

She and her mother have appeared in film and TV productions together on many occasions. Her first role was a small part in the 1992 film Bob Roberts, written, directed by and starring Tim Robbins — her mother's long-time partner and father of Amurri Martino's two half-sibilings, John "Jack" Henry Robbins, 30, and Miles Guthrie Robbins, 27 — and in which Sarandon also appeared). And in 1995, she played the 9-year-old version of Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, the role for which Sarandon won her Best Actress Oscar.

Her most recent project was the independent 2016 film Mothers and Daughters, alongside such names as Courtney Cox, Selma Blair, Miro Sorvino, Christina Ricci, Sharon Stone, and, of course, Susan Sarandon.

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2. Martino is on a mission to make youth soccer more inclusive and accessible for kids in the U.S.

The former Major League Soccer midfielder played for the Columbus Crew from 2002-2006, and then for the LA Galaxy until 2008, when he retired on doctors' injury-related advice.

Not only has he moved into a successful career as a studio analyst, color commentor and television host, but he's become an impassioned activist for leveling the figurative playing field in youth soccer.

While campaign (unsuccessfully) in a 2018 bid for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, Martino says he "realized how cut off [many associations] were from the top of the pyramid, how many kids were being priced out of the game, and the egregious cost to play at an elite level." Subsequently, he's been a key play in projects such as his new Over/Under Initiative, which "seeks to turn inner-city basketball courts into dual-sport spaces by installing permanent soccer goals under basketball hoops."

3. Amurri Martino once dubbed a scandal involving their nanny Nannygate 2.0

The actress and the former-pro soccer player have had plenty of ups and downs in their marriage, many of which Amurri Martino has documented on her lifestyle blog, Happily Eva After.

Among the many personal stories she's shared with her followers, perhaps the most striking was the one she cheekily titled "Nannygate 2.0."

The pair, who welcomed daughter Marlowe, 5, in 2014 and son Major, 3, in 2016, had their worlds rocked by not one, but two nanny dramas (hence the 2.0).

The saga started that February, when Amurri Martino let their nanny of 18 months go after catching her being untruthful.

Only a few weeks later, Amurri Martino returned from an overnight business trip to learn Kyle had fired that nanny's replacement.

Martino explained that he'd received a text that morning from nanny 2.0, seemingly meant for someone else. "OMG. Girl," it began, "did I mention to you how hot and sex my Boss is. I would love to f— his brains out ha haah. Too bad he seems not to like thick Latin women with lots to hold on to LOL.”

Martino told his wife he'd expected to receive a follow-up text full of embarrassed apologies for the mistake, but no further texts arrived. Martino took Marlow out for breakfast, and then ...

"As Kyle went up the walkway to our home," Amurri Martino blogged, "he looked up at the house and saw her– peeking out of the curtains OF OUR BEDROOM WINDOW."

After recording a brief conversation in which it became increasily clear her behavior was inappropriate, Martino fired the nanny go on the spot.

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4. Amurri Martino has opened up about everything from miscarriages to PTSD to postpartum depression

Around the time daughter Marlow turned one, Amurri Martino shared the news that she'd suffered a miscarriage at nine weeks.

And just a few short months after Major was born, she opened up with her followers about a terrible accident involving her newborn son.

"A couple of days after Thanksgiving," she wrote, "our Night Nurse fell asleep while holding Major and dropped him, and he cracked his head on the hardwood floor... He suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on his brain, and was transported by ambulance to Yale Medical Center where I spent two harrowing days with him to receive emergency care and further testing. To say these were the most traumatic and anxious two days of my life is an understatement ... But here’s the good part: by the grace of all of his many angels, and every God one cares to pray to, MAJOR IS FINE. Completely fine."

Amurri Martino herself, however, was not completely fine.

"My instinct tells me that I have some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, possibly linked to some form of Postpartum Depression. I was only three weeks postpartum when my husband fell off the roof of our house while cleaning the gutters (I shared this on Instagram when it happened, in case you missed it) and could have easily been killed or paralyzed according to the ER doctors. In another miraculous stroke of luck, he walked out of the ER with minor injuries. Just two weeks later was when Major had his accident. My hormones were still not stable from the birth, and I suspect that all of this in succession probably triggered something."

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5. How they announced their separation

Like the team they are, the two simultaneouly dropped identical Instagram posts sharing their decision to end their marriage, even as they are expecting their third child, a boy, together.

"Our family is starting down a new path," their joint message reads. "After a lot of thoughtful consideration, and work on our relationship, we have made the difficult decision to lovingly part ways as a couple. We are committed to, and excited about, raising our three beautiful children as close friends and deep partners, and we have the utmost respect for one another."

The couple disabled comments on both of their posts, and who can blame them?

6. Is the couple getting a divorce?

As of now, the answer is unclear, as the D-word hasn't specifically been dropped on either of their social media accounts.

In a follow-up post, Amurri Martino did clarify that the decision to separate was not a sudden one.

"It’s important for both of us to note that he and I and the kids are doing SO well as a family through this transition. The love we have for each other that you watch us exhibit, and the joy in our lives, is not faux. It is very real and still present. This decision was not made a day ago or even a month ago. We have chosen exactly when and how everyone is learning of this but we are far in our personal process and we are in a great place."

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Rebekah Kuschmider has been writing about celebrities, pop culture, entertainment, and politics since 2010. Her work has been seen at Ravishly, Babble, Scary Mommy, The Mid, Redbook online, and The Broad Side. She is the creator of the blog Stay at Home Pundit and cohost of the weekly podcast The More Perfect Union.