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GH's Kirsten Storms and Brandon Barash Decide To End Their Marriage

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The real life marriage of General Hospital’s Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (Johnny) has come to an end.  The duo have decided to divorce.   According to Soap Opera Digest, the couple who said their, “I do’s” back in 2013 and share a daughter Harper Rose Barash  (age 2) have revealed they have tried to make their union work, but know that is now best to split.

Barash told SOD: “We are splitting due to the cliché irreconcilable differences, but we’re splitting amicably. We have every intention of remaining a family through this and successfully co-parenting our kid and retaining a friendship in the efforts of raising her in a healthy environment.”

Storms added:  “We went to therapy for a long time, trying to figure out how to communicate better with each other. It’s not anything that we dislike about each other…”  Barash added: “But we’ve decided that raising our daughter in two separate homes would be a healthier choice for all of us.”    The actor also summed it up by saying: “People are going to speculate because they always want to, and they always want to place blame, but it was a joint decision that we thought everyone in our family would benefit from.”

So, are you sad to hear that Kirsten and Brandon are calling it quits?  We wish the very best for Kirsten and Brandon and their daughter, Harper.   Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Maureen Hoeler
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Maureen Hoeler

oh so sad

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, sad to hear.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Greenhouse” affect might apply here–don’t know, but I do think that it must be hard to sustain a marriage if it is contained narrowly; can’t seem to thrive or survive “outside” is the big, complicated, real, sometimes threatening world.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

I always thought they looked like a loving happy couple. Their daughter Harper is a cutie. Is goes to show us that we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors.

dmr
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dmr

Their daughter is adorable, I love when she is on the show as “Georgie.”

Joanne
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Joanne

I think it is very sad how these marriages turn and in only 3 years. I recall how cute it was when I was at a port chuck event and Brandon was face timing Kirsten while he was performing so that she could see it. It makes me wonder if divorces happen when the new spark goes out and everyone is just left with the everyday life of juggling dual careers and family. As someone who married her best friend 25 years ago I recognize the spark changes and by each person embracing how the other changes it creates a… Read more »

Dee McMann
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Dee McMann

I’m not surprised, have met them both. She is super sweet, I didn’t feel that with him so much.

Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

Lmao Guess it’s not just me. YOU know we usually feel the same about the same people, but didn’t see this coming at all!

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

I remember Brandon being engaged or either married before he met KS. I think it was Colby from AMC.

Sara
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Sara

You are so right Joanne. The feelings felt in the beginning do not last, and sadly many people (especially celebs it seems) are always in search of those exciting feelings. Real love isn’t like that. Just sad for their child, but they really only married because she was pregnant so that’s hardly a good reason anyway.

Judy
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Judy

I am sad to hear this but happy to hear they intend to continue to put family first and it is all amicable. Sadly sometimes it just doesn’t work to be married and they may all be happier and healthier as friends. It sounds like they really tried to make it work. I wish them all the best.

gypcee
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gypcee

Very sad. Thought they fit so.well together.

anne
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anne

Im sorry things didnt work out for your family. The most inportant thing is that beautiful little girl of yours knows how much the both of you love her, and i think you guys remaining friends will be the best for her. Good luck who knows you might realize while your apart what made you fall in love to begin with best of luck!!

aria
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aria

how sad, wish them the best and if being apart means that then god bless.

Mo
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Mo

Oh wow, super surprised. They always seemed so happy.

Reagan
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Reagan

“So, are you sad to hear that Kirsten and Brandon are calling it quits?” Michael!! I would hope everyone would be sad to see a marriage end or at least certainly not be happy about it. I am surprised to hear this as they seemed pretty happy… but we never know what life is like when the camera’s are off. Hope they are able to maintain a good friendship for their daughter.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Dang…i was going to speculate-lol…sorry it didnt work out but thats life!!!

Robin from East Tennessee
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Robin from East Tennessee

I am as heartbroken as if it were me! I never met them, but you feel like you know people especially via social media now. This is heartbreaking, but if they both are fine with it, then it is for the best. Good Luck to you both, and God Bless you all.

Daisy
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Daisy

I’m so sad to hear this news, but it seems that both Kirsten and Brandon are being responsible, loving parents, wanting the best environment for their daughter. I give them lots of credit for doing the hard work, trying to resolve what ailed them before immediately jumping to divorce. Harper has two strong loving parents that still respect each other and only want the best for their daughter because of it.

Hazel
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Hazel

I’ve very sad to hear this too. But you’re right with everything you said. People in social media are jumping to conclusions without reading the article, but it sounds like they went to counseling & really tried to save their marriage. They really are being mature about this for their daughter & that’s commendable. Still sad for them.

Dawn
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Dawn

So sad I wish them the best!

SoftJohn
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SoftJohn

This is why I always tell my friends, Never date your co stars. I mean, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are no longer together, Robert Paterson and Kristen Stewart are no longer together. And neither is Chad Duell and Kristen Alderson are no longer together.

Mo
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Mo

Not co-stars but both work for CBS: Robert Adamson and Linsey Godfrey.

I don’t have co-stars so I don’t have to worry about not dating them! 🙂

Walter
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Walter

Well at least David Fumero and Melissa are still going strong. 🙂

SW
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SW

Noooooo!!!! This is so sad. They put on such a happy front. Bummer!

Mister Media
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Mister Media

While I enjoy commenting on the soaps themselves, I don’t feel comfortable nor justified in commenting on the private lives of the actors. I wish them all peace and happiness.

Ces
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Ces

Well said.

Mark
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Mark

right on bro- sad and private time for them to work out themselves and wish them best and their kid too. God Bless. Free Johnny Z.

Toni Modica
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Toni Modica

I met them right before Kirsten got pregnant they were so down to earth lovely funny both great people. Im so sad wow

Timmm
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Timmm

Yeah ,her and Ryan Peavy looked too comfortable in those park scenes! I wonder if that means the end of Johnny Z!

Hayjay
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Hayjay

Wow Timmm, I’m surprised Michael ok-ed your post. I made a similar post about another couple and he edited my comment, lol. I think Kirsten is a good actress, though, & can pull off that kind of chemistry w/ just about anyone in scenes.

Timmm
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Timmm

She has IT! I didnt like her years ago because she was always turning things upside down in OTHER peoples lives on GH but she has matured and she clicks with EVERYONE!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Same here, Hayjay,
I commented by saying that it’s a double-edged sword….sort of. Sometimes staying together because of the children can be more detrimental than separating. Arguing and fighting is not a healthy environment for a child.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, Timmmy….I hope this split is not over a third person?! It would be do senseless, futile and hurtful for all concerned.

Timmm
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Timmm

I dont think either of them cheated. Maybe it was over their careers OR they want to see other people. I dont get it, they have a child, shouldnt that part be over? BUT, sadly, everyday couples divorce with children and who suffers the most? Either way, Maxie and Nathan’s bedroom scenes are about to EXPLODE!

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
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Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

While it is none of my business I can’t help but find it sad when a couple chooses to end a marriage after so short a time. I know there have been times in the past 28 years when either my husband or myself would have cheerfully cut the other loose, but promises were made and promises should be kept. Love changes over time and so do people.

Dar
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Dar

They were a beautiful couple in print. If they can’t make things work between them in their everyday lives I feel they are doing right for their daughter. I wish them all happiness !!!

Mateo
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Mateo

Marriage is not easy. I wish them both much future happiness and a successful co parenting experience because regardless of marital status the child will always have one mom and one dad. Good luck to all involved.

Rachael Leggans
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Rachael Leggans

I agree with Joanne! Just celebrated our 29 th anniversary and if we hadn’t grown together, we would have grown apart. But as a mother who watched one of her sons go through a divorce, I also know some things cannot be overcome. Good luck to both of them and hopefully Harper will be a well adjusted happy young lady!

k/kay
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k/kay

You have good times you have bad times marriage is work you don’t just one minute decide well I can’t do the homework I love my husband some days want to kick his behind others its called work please for all is holy it’s not better that you raise that child alone get you stuff together

carol
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carol

Celebrities and TV stars seem to divorce without giving things a real try. I guess it’s because it’s very easy for them to move on to someone else and the grass is always greener. Once the initial spark is gone, it’s hard for them to stick it out.

su0000
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su0000

Storms added: “We went to therapy for a long time, trying to figure out how to communicate better with each other.

that ^^^ is a ”real try” …

” We have every intention of remaining a family through this and successfully co-parenting our kid and retaining a friendship in the efforts of raising her in a healthy environment.”

that ^^^ is ”sticking it out”

🙂

Hazel
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Hazel

Did you read the article? It said they went to therapy for a long time. They’ve been trying.

Michelle
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Michelle

So sad to hear this….

mark
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mark

He deserves better than her.

Lisa
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Lisa

Hi Michael…they were supposed to be doing an east coast event this coming weekend. Are they cancelling or will both be there?

Susan
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Susan

In the SID article, Brandon specifically mentions the event, specifically says that they will both be there and are looking forward to it – and since now this is in the open, there will be no awkwardness. If you are going, please give them hugs for us!

debbie conrad
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debbie conrad

i just read about brandon and kristen how sad they always seemed to be the best couple in soap land i am glad they are going to put harper rose first it is as it should be maybe someday they will find their way back to each other if it is meANT to be

Barbara
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Barbara

I feel awful for them. My husband and I just celebrated our 35th anniversary two days ago. If we have stopped trying when things got “irreconcilable” we wouldn’t have made it 5 years. It’s a full time job.

Kevin
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Kevin

True!

Bettina G
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Bettina G

I do too. Congratulations on 35 years though, that is wonderful.

Barbara
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Barbara

Thank you!

marion pollins
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marion pollins

im sorry to hear , they are separating. . i hope they can work things out . i have been married to my husband for 25 years. we work at it. notthing is easy.

Charday
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Charday

Brandon is so cute. Hope to see him back on GH!

Timmm
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Timmm

Me to. I hope they put their differences aside like Jack and Kristina Wagner. Johnny Z is a must! I would like to see Nicholas hire him as his bodyguard.

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

This is very sad news to hear …. the breakup of a loving family. Barash’s statement sounds like he may be a little immature?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Abruzzfan…I didn’t think Barash sounded immature. He came off to me as not wanting to reveal anything too personal, yet at the same time he emphasized what would be better in the long run for their daughter. Conversely, I felt Kristen gave too much info…neither one owes the viewers any explanation and their communication problems, therapy etc isn’t something we need to know. It’s interesting to know, but I feel like it’s an invasion of their privacy…even though she offered the details. It must be so strange to have to explain your life to so many people. Either way,… Read more »

Hazel
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Hazel

Rebecca,

I agree with your insightful post. We as fans don’t get to judge their lives & actions. Actually as people, we shouldn’t ever judge others, but it seems like it’s human nature to do so.

I can’t imagine living in the fish bowl that is celebrity, but I think they’re doing the right thing with how much they’re saying, and more importantly, what they’re doing for their daughter.

Christi
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Christi

Sooo sad to hear this!! 🙁 Truly just so sad and heartbroken. Love them both so much. I will be praying for them both…

daysbitch
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daysbitch

I feel sad for them–I met Ms Storm a couple of months ago and she is sweet—and their baby is a cutie—but we all don’t know what happened and really its not our business–if they just can be nice to each other for the sake of their child then BRAVO to them–I hope the gossip hounds and the fans will give them their space

Timmm
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Timmm

This is my opinion but I am open for miracles BUT is it possible for ANY girl to change a guy? NO! Ladies, what you see from day one is what you see when those ashes turn to dust! Same with guys, you meet a girl, something you dont like, MOVE ON! Here is my advice. When you meet that someone special, we all fall for their looks and maybe what they do for a living or the car they drive or where they live BUT, look for their quirks, focus on what bothers you or seems odd, ask yourself,… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Well said, Timmm!!!!!

Hazel
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Hazel

What you said is so true. Although the initial attraction may be powerful, it does wear off, and cracks show, like you said. You have to be mature enough to look for them & be honest as to whether or not you can live with them. The other important “life lesson” here is to not jump into marriage so fast. Get to know them well before taking that step. Let the honeymoon phase change into a different kind of enduring love. The immature will think that they’ve fallen out of love. The mature ones know that love will last a… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Its used to be taboo to live together before marriage but why now? Whether a couple lives together or not they are going to end up doing the same things together “Romantically!” Move in, see how your lover looks in the morning, acts and what he or she does with their dirty laundry! Make sure you KNOW the person you want to spend the rest of your life with!

Jane
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Jane

Wow…I’m sad for their little girl but sometimes things just don’t work out.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Hazel. You’re so right about human nature. Not one of our collective better qualities.

It’s interesting how some in the public eye manage to keep their privacy intact. I think because soap actors are so much in the viewer’s everyday life they’re under more pressure to offer a tidbit…

Thank you for your reply. By the way…Hazel’s a cute not-too-often heard name!

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