As she’s prepping to play a recently divorced woman in the new Broadway musical If/Then, Tony winner Idina Menzel is living the single life offstage as well. The Tony winner has announced her separation from her husband of 10 years, Taye Diggs.
“Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have jointly decided to separate at this time,” the couple’s reps told People. “Their primary focus and concern is for their son. We ask that you respect their privacy during this time.”
Diggs and Menzel first met as onstage adversaries Benny and Maureen in the original cast of Rent off-Broadway in late 1995 (they later reprised their roles on Broadway and the big screen), dating on and off until their wedding on January 11, 2003 in Jamaica. They also starred together in The Wild Party off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000 and in Wicked, when Diggs filled in for an injured Norbert Leo Butz as Fiyero shortly after the mega-musical’s opening in late 2003. Son Walker Diggs was born in 2009.
Menzel, a Tony winner for Wicked and current star of the smash animated film Frozen, is set to headline the Broadway musical If/Then from the Pulitizer Prize-winning authors of Next to Normal, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. In the show she plays a newly single woman who moves to New York City for a fresh start.
If/Then begins previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 5, 2014.