Days of our Lives' Arianne Zucker and Kyle Lowder Divorce

The former daytime duo call it quits

Kyle Lowder and Arianne Zucker
Kyle Lowder and Arianne Zucker. Courtesy: Getty Images/Doug Benc

After months of keeping mum about the state of their personal lives, Days of Our Lives' Arianne Zucker (Nicole) and Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady) have decided to open up and announce that not only have they ended their marriage, but that they are divorced.

The pair, who wed on August 3, 2002, separated briefly in 2007, and reconciled in 2008, confirmed the news that their union is officially over in a joint statement released to Soap Opera Digest.

It said: "In response to ongoing inquiries, we would like to announce that with respect to our privacy, we quietly separated awhile ago and are officially divorced. We continue to remain great friends and loving parents to our daughter." 

Zucker and Lowder met in 2000, while they were both working on Days of our Lives. Although they weren't involved in the same storyline, at first, they became friends. Eventually, that friendship began to blossom and turn into a romance, which they kept secret from their co-stars.

However, there was one small concern on Zucker's part; the fact that Lowder was six years her junior. Yet, surprisingly, it never presented a problem to Lowder, who popped the question to Zucker when he was only 21 years old. At the time, Lowder noted that Zucker was concerned about his readiness to make a lifelong commitment. 

"Ari was like, ‘I love you. We love each other, but you’re 21 years old.

If you need to experience life, go out, and do it. I don’t want us to be married and all of a sudden for you to have a crisis situation,’” Lowder recounted at the time.

Instead, Lowder, who has always been more mature than his years, assured his future wife that he was ready to commit to her 100 per cent.

“I told Ari, then, and I still believe this now, that my values in life are a steady home, a successful marriage, and good friends," explained Lowder. "That’s what is important to me. It comes from my parents, who have been married for 35 years, and the upbringing that I had.”

While Zucker and Lowder won't reach that milestone anniversary, they are united on the fact that they've made the right decision for themselves and for their daughter, Isabella, who was born on December 7, 2009. It was a decision they thought long and hard about before making.

Moving forward, Zucker and Lowder are committed to maintaining a strong and respectful friendship as they continue to raise their little girl together. They both agree that little Isabella is the most important person in both of them, and they are determined to make sure she grows up having a healthy and happy family life.