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Taye Diggs on Idina Menzel split: It was hard on fans

After 17 years together (10 years of marriage

After 17 years together (10 years of marriage and a 4-year-old son), Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel announced their "joint" breakup via their publicist on Dec. 12, 2013. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez

A breakup is tough on the couple, but in Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel's case, it was hard on many fans, too.

"I'd be lying if I said there weren't times when I thought, 'Oh, man, people are going to trip out [if we split],'" Diggs told Redbook.

The couple, who met while co-starring in Broadway's "Rent," announced their separation in December after a decade of marriage.

"Maybe [fans] thought it was cute that we met in 'Rent,'" Diggs, 43, said. "There weren't a lot of couples like us in the theater community. ? And then you have the whole mixed [race] thing. It was easy for people to root for us."

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