Univision star Lili Estefan announces she is separating from her husband

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 13: Oscar Seikaly, Lorenzo Luaces, Lili Estefan and Jorge Perez attend a private dinner for Bugari and Save the Children at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens on November 13, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Bulgari)

Lili Estefan doesn’t only have to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, but the breakdown of her marriage.

The Miami based Univision personality announced on Thursday she was splitting with her businessman husband Lorenzo Luaces.

“I always bring you the entertainment and show business news but today surprisingly I’m the news,” Estefan told Nuevo Herald. “I wanted to tell you personally with a heavy heart that I’ve initiated the process of separating from my spouse, with whom I spent 28 years of my life.

“It hasn’t been a decision I took lightly,” the native Cuban, 50, continued. “Although it’s very painful, I definitely feel better for having done it, and am always thinking of the well-being of my two children, the thing I treasure most from our relationship.”

The former couple has a son named Lorenzo Jr. who was born on Oct. 30, 1999, and a daughter named Lina Teresa, who was born on Aug. 2, 2002. 

The statement ends with “El Gordo y la Flaca” star (who is also Emilio Estefan’s niece) asking for privacy and for prayers from her fans in this “difficult time.” 

“I can assure you that after the death of my mother when I was a little girl, that this has been the biggest pain I’ve experienced in my life.”