Austin McBroom and Catherine McBroom, the couple behind the YouTube vlog channel “The ACE Family,” are getting a divorce.
They announced their divorce Thursday, Jan. 11, in separate social media posts.
In their statements, the two both wrote that they have “mutually agreed” to the split and will work together to continue parenting their three young children: Elle, Alaia and Steel.
Having amassed more than 18 million subscribers since they began their YouTube journey in 2016, the McBrooms are known largely for their viral family vlogs, challenges and pranks.
Catherine McBroom wrote in her Instagram statement that their “paths as a couple have shifted and has created challenges that are irreconcilable.”
“As heartbreaking as this is, I also feel liberated,” she wrote. “I have spent the past few years prioritizing my children and honoring my commitment to my family; all the while I seemed to be losing myself and my own personal happiness.”
In his Instagram post, Austin McBroom shared a photo of himself and Catherine, calling the divorce the “hardest decision of my life.”
“We created one of the greatest stories, almost a decade together, so many memories, so many accomplishments but every book comes to end,” he wrote. “And now we will be writing a new book as separate authors.”
Some fans said they were saddened in comments. Others speculated about the reason for the split, including allegations of infidelity, which Austin McBroom has denied.