Mexican movie star Gael Garcia Bernal has split from his wife Dolores Fonzi.

Following rumours that the Y Tu Mama Tambien star and his actress wife have been apart for some time, Garcia Bernal's mum, Patricia Bernal, has confirmed the pair's split.

She tells People en Espanol magazine that while her son and Fonzi have decided to separate, they are going to "remain great friends", and their main focus is on the wellbeing of their two children, son Lazaro, five, and daughter Libertad, three.

Garcia Bernal and Argentine actress Fonzi met on the set of their 2001 film Vidas Privadas, but did not start a romantic relationship until 2008. They wed in 2009.