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02/09/2017 10:58 am ET Updated Feb 09, 2017

The Real Couple In Boston Marathon Bombing Movie To Divorce

The couple, who will be portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany, decided to "move forward as friends."

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and wife Erin Hurley are divorcing, The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday.

The split comes as a movie portraying their relationship, “Stronger,” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany as the couple, heads toward an upcoming release.

The couple and their daughter at Fenway Park on April 15, 2015, two years after the attack.
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The couple and their daughter at Fenway Park on April 15, 2015, two years after the attack.

Jeff and Erin have decided that it is best to move forward as friends,” a spokesperson said in a statement to media outlets. “Though their relationship has changed, their admiration, love and mutual respect for each other will never waver. They are dedicated to loving and parenting their daughter, Nora, and ask for privacy.”

The movie will not be changed, the trade publication noted, citing unnamed sources.

Bauman lost both legs in the April 15, 2013, attack while waiting at the finish line for Hurley to complete the 26.2-mile race. A photo of him being whisked away in a wheelchair became one of the iconic images of the terror assault.

Jeff Bauman wrote a book about his recovery that became the source of a new film.
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Jeff Bauman wrote a book about his recovery that became the source of a new film.

Hurley delivered their daughter in July 2014 and they got married that November, the Boston Globe reported.

Bauman, who helped investigators identify one of the suspects, wrote the book Stronger about coming back from his ordeal. It was adapted into the movie.

The family marked the second anniversary of the bombing on April 15, 2015.
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The family marked the second anniversary of the bombing on April 15, 2015.
Jake Gyllenhaal films a scene portraying Jeff Bauman.
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Jake Gyllenhaal films a scene portraying Jeff Bauman.
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