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June 6th, 2012 9:06am EDT

Debra Messing & Daniel Zelman

In a move in which life immitates art, Debra Messing has filed divorce papers to officially end her 10-year marriage. Messing has started legal proceedings in Los Angeles to finalize the split.
 
The star, 43, quietly separated from screenwriter Daniel Zelman last year. Here's where he irony comes in - Messing reportedly moved on to date her TV co-star Will Chase, who ironically breaks up her TV marriage on hit drama "Smash."

Ouch!

Messing and Zelman met in college in 1990 and have an 8-year-old son, named Roman. She has cited "irreconcilable differences" for the break-up and is requesting spousal and child support, according to TMZ.com.
 
Messing hired top celebrity lawyer Neal Hersh to represent her in court.
 
The actress recently opened up about the split, telling Ladies Home Journal, "Twenty years. It's a very long time." And she attributed the couple's move to New York, where she filmed "Smash," for the split: "When I say the move to New York was traumatic, it was traumatic because every aspect of my life was going through a huge change."

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