Sacha Baron Cohen announces split from Isla Fisher

The pair married in 2010 after her conversion to Judaism


English actor Sacha Baron Cohen and Australian actress Isla Fisher arrive for the 45th Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on December 4, 2022. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP)

Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has announced that his relationship with fellow actor Isla Fisher has ended after more than 20 years.

The Jewish comedian posted a message to his more than 1.2m Instagram followers saying:” After a long tennis match lasting over twenty years, we are finally putting our racquets down.”

The star appealed for privacy for him and Fisher as they “quietly work through this change” adding: “We forever share in our love and devotion for our children.”

Fisher and Baron Cohen married in 2010 after meeting at a party in Australia in 2001. Fisher made a full halachic conversion to Judaism to marry Baron Cohen,completing the process in 2007.

The pair have three children together, aged 17, 14 and 9.

Fisher has spoken of her new faith multiple times, confirming that she observes Shabbat and when asked if she would convert to be with Baron Cohen, saying: "I will definitely have a Jewish wedding just to be with Sacha. I would do anything, move into any religion, to be united in marriage with him. We have a future together and religion comes second to love as far as we are concerned."

In 2010, when the pair were wed, The JC reported:  that the couple married under the chuppah in a private ceremony in Paris, with close family in attendance.

The Borat star and his Australian actress fiancée Ms Fisher, had planned to marry in August 2006 but the wedding was postponed so that Ms Fisher could complete her conversion.

Ms Fisher wrote in an email to friends this weekend: “We did it – we’re married! It was the absolute best day of my life and in so many beautiful moments I missed you all so much.

"I thought of you as everything was happening, but Sacha and I wanted no fuss – just us!”

Mr Baron Cohen’s Orthodox family are said to be content with Ms Fisher’s conversion, and she has taken the Hebrew name Ayala.

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