By Sandra Gonzalez
March 01, 2011 at 07:30 PM EST

Former Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert and her husband of 16 years, Bruce Boxleitner, of the TRON movies, have split, a rep confirms to People. The couple, who wed in 1995, has one son together and three from previous marriages. “We have loved each other for a very long time and we share four incredible sons together,” Gilbert said in a statement to the magazine. “On behalf of our family we ask to be allowed our privacy during this very difficult time.”