Kate Walsh and Alex Young Separate, Will Divorce

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Here's a sad piece of Grey's Anatomy news we hoped we'd never have to report.

According to court papers filed on November 22, Alex Young has petitioned for a divorce, citing irreconcilable differences with former Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh.

"The couple remain on friendly terms and sincerely hope the media will respect their privacy during this difficult time," the couple's reps said in a statement Thursday.

Alex Young, Kate Walsh

Walsh, who went on to star in the spinoff Private Practice after becoming an integral part of the Grey's Anatomy cast in seasons 2-3, wed Young – a production co-president at 20th Century Fox – on September 1, 2007, in the town of Ojai, north of Los Angeles.

In October 2007, Kate Walsh talked about the pair's whirlwind relationship, telling Ellen DeGeneres, "There was this kind of funny moment, after we were like we're married and all of the hoopla was over and we were like, 'What do we do now?'"

The two married after just a few months of dating.

Walsh's former Grey's Anatomy cast members, including Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelley, T.R. Knight, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Justin Chambers and wife Keisha, and Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes, were all in attendance at the nuptials.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith