Los Angeles: “X-Men” star James McAvoy is set to divorce Anne-Marie Duff after nine years of marriage. The Hollywood actor and his wife announced the news via a joint statement on Friday, reports dailystar.co.uk. McAvoy, who will star in “The X-Men: Apocalypse”, to be released later this month, first met Anne-Marie on the set of the comedy "Shameless". They got married in October 2006 and have claimed they would continue to have "friendship, love and respect for one another" despite the separation. "It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce. We enter this next phase with continued friendship, love and respect for one another and the shared focus of caring for our son. We ask that you respect our and, most importantly, our child's privacy during this time,” the statement reads. McAvoy, 37, and Duff, 45, welcomed a son, Brendan, into the world in 2010.