It has not been a good summer for Elizabeth Vargas. Just days after the 51-year-old ABC News alum announced that she has returned to rehab following a relapse with her alcohol addiction during a vacation in California, her husband reveals that the couple is now going through a divorce.
On Wednesday, People broke the news that Vargas and her singer-songwriter husband Marc Cohn have split and will divorce. In a statement, the 55-year-old musician wrote, "On behalf of Elizabeth's family we are in total support of her recovery and want her to be well."
A source close to the situation told People that divorce proceedings are underway and the couple’s sons, Zachary, 11, and Samuel, 8, are staying with their father in New York while their mother seeks treatment. Vargas and Cohn have been married since 2002.
Earlier this week, Vargas issued her own statement regarding her return to rehab, saying, "As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down, and for that I am ashamed and sorry."
It’s been nearly a year since Vargas first spent time in an alcohol treatment facility, and she went on to tell the world her about her secret battle during an appearance on “Good Morning America” in January. The “20/20” co-anchor revealed that she has suffered from panic attacks her entire life, and ultimately turned to alcohol as a way to deal with anxiety and stress.
During an interview in February on “The View,” Barbara Walters told Vargas that her ABC colleagues all knew she had a drinking problem. Vargas looked stunned by the revelation, and Walters later told the New York Post’s Page Six that she apologized to her longtime friend for the awkward exchange.
Earlier this year, People revealed that Elizabeth Vargas plans to detail her battle with alcoholism in a new memoir, which is due out in early 2016.
ABC has already said the network stands behind Vargas and will welcome her back once she is ready to return to work.