Eddie Murphy's wife has filed for divorce. Nicole Murphy, who has been married to the Hollywood funnyman for 12 years, has cited "irreconcilable differences" as her reason for the splitIn a statement, Eddie, 44, said: "The welfare of our children is our main concern, and their best interest is our first priority" The couple have five kids together - Bria, 15, Miles, 12, Shayne, 10, Zola, five, and three-year-old Bella

Nicole - whose lawyer, Neal Hersh, has handled divorce cases for Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Kim Basinger - is seeking custody of the children, as well as spousal support from Eddie

The couple, who wed in 1993 after several years together, have experience troubles in their marriage, including the 'Coming To America' star's encounter with a transvestite hookerIn May 1997, the actor was stopped by police in Hollywood with transsexual prostitute Atison Seiuli in his carHowever, Eddie insisted he was just giving the hooker a ride, and was not charged with any offence

Eddie, whose hit movies include 'Trading Places' and 'Beverly Hills Cop', is currently working on animated film 'Shrek 3', in which he provides the voice of the loveable ogre's fast-talking sidekick, Donkey

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