Elliot Page files for divorce from dancer wife Emma Portner

Lizzie Edmonds
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<p>Elliot Page, left, and Emma Portner in 2017</p> (AP)

Elliot Page, left, and Emma Portner in 2017

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Actor Elliot Page has filed for divorce from wife Emma Portner.

The star of Juno, Umbrella Academy and Whip It, who came out as transgender in December, married dancer and choreographer Portner in 2018.

According to online court documents, Page, who is from Canada, filed for a contested divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday.

In a joint statement, the former couple said: “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce following our separation last summer. We have the utmost respect for each other and remain close friends.”

Page, 33, was widely praised after coming out as transgender, announcing on social media: “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.

“I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey.

Page in the coming-of-age drama JunoHandout
Page in the coming-of-age drama JunoHandout

“I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.”

Portner, 26, supported Page’s decision. She wrote on Instagram: “I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world.

“I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.”

The Canadian actor and producer first became known for his role in the film and television series Pit Pony, for which he won a Young Artist Award. He then went on to have recurring roles in Trailer Park Boys and ReGenesis.

Page was Oscar-nominated for his role in 2007 coming-of-age drama Juno. He currently stars in Netflix superhero series The Umbrella Academy.