Self-help guru and ex-MTV boss husband announce split six years after she writes book about finding a soul mate and KEEPING him

Self-help guru and ex-MTV boss husband announce split six years after she writes book about finding a soul mate and KEEPING him

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15:54 GMT, 5 June 2012

She wrote a book about finding 'the One' but Kathy Freston and her husband Tom Freston have announced that they are separating after 14 years of marriage.

The nationally celebrated self-help guru and founder of MTV met at a Grammy Awards after-party in 1996 and have been together for 17 years.

Though according to the media power couple's statement, divorce is not yet on the cards, the news will no doubt disappoint fans of Mrs Preston's.

United front: Tom and Kathy Freston at the 10th Annual NRDC 'Forces for Nature' Gala in April before announcement of their separation this week after 14 years of marriage

United front: Tom and Kathy Freston at the 10th Annual NRDC 'Forces for Nature' Gala in April before announcement of their separation this week

In 2006, the wellness blogger and author penned a tome entitled The One: Finding Soul Mate Love and Making it Last and is adored by talk show hosts like Oprah and Ellen for her sage insights into spirituality in life and love.

Over the past few years the enviably trim and youthful Forty-something has gradually become vegan and has shared her in depth knowledge of nutritional well-being in a series of books and dietary guides.

Though the couple presented a united front at the launch of her latest title, The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss in April, last Thursday Mr Freston noticeably walked the red carpet alone at the Paley Center for Media awards at Gotham Hall.

The Freston's joint statement read:
'We've mutually agreed to a period of separation. We love each other
very much, and are moving forward with good will and kindness.'

You were saying Mrs Freston penned this self-help book in 2006

You were saying Mrs Freston penned this self-help book in 2006

The optimistic nature of their
announcement was certainly in keeping with Mr Freston's attitude which
appeared lighthearted and playful at the awards ceremony as he fooled
around with a paparazzo.

The philanthropist and activist who has been a principal in Bono's ONE campaign and a consultant for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network was being honored with the Paley Prize for Innovation and Excellence.

Kathy Freston meanwhile will be relying on her motto 'progress not perfection' to cope with the media attention that news of the split may bring.

Relations between the couple however are far from stressful according to one source who told the New York Post: 'They're friends; this is not a war. And there's been no decision for divorce.'

And whatever happens, it would seem that the meditation fanatic and goddess of mindful living knows only too well that the couple's split does not signal the end of the road.

As she told The New Yorker in 2006 at the launch of The One: 'There are six billion people in the world, and I can't imagine there's only one person for each person – if something was to happen to him, we're in trouble.'