General Hospital star Steve Burton has announced he is separating from his future wife Sheree Gustin after a 23-year marriage, and says the unborn child she is pregnant with is not his .
The 51-year-old actor, who portrayed Jason Morgan on the soap opera from 1991 to 2021, made the shocking announcement in a post to his Instagram Stories page on Wednesday.
“I wanted to clarify something,” Burton said. ‘Sheree and I are separated. She recently announced that she is expecting her fourth child. The child is not mine. We are still co-parenting our three beautiful children. We would appreciate privacy at this time. Lots of love, Steve.
Latest: General Hospital star Steve Burton, 51, has announced he is separating from his future wife Sheree Gustin, 45, after a 23-year marriage, and says the child whose she is pregnant was not his. The former couple were seen in 2019 in Pasadena, Calif.
Burton and Gustin, 45, married in 1999 and are parents to daughters Makena, 18, and Brooklyn, seven; and her 16-year-old son Jack.
Earlier this week, Burton took to Instagram while spending time with his youngest daughter Brooklyn.
He captioned the snap: “Coffee time with the prettiest girl.” Have a good week-end.’
Gustin recently posted a photo of her baby bump on Instagram Stories, captioning the pic (which was reposted to a General Hospital fan blog): “Life is full of surprises!”
The veteran soap star took to Instagram Stories with a post about his marriage
Gustin recently posted a photo of his baby bump on Instagram Stories, writing, “Life is full of surprises!”
Earlier this week, Burton took to Instagram while spending time with his youngest daughter Brooklyn
Gustin, who is a fitness and nutrition professional, did not directly address the split on her Instagram page Wednesday night. His most recent post was on Monday, promoting his business.
Burton’s most recent photo on Gustin’s Instagram page was a Christmas Eve photo of the family. Prior to that, the estranged couple were seen with their youngest child in a November 25 Thanksgiving post.
Gustin’s most recent images on Burton’s Instagram were a family vacation photo from April 2021; and a photo from the previous month in which the couple posed together while hugging.
‘Celebrate this incredible woman today and every day! Happy birthday @1shereeburton,” he captioned the photo.
Burton made headlines last fall after parting ways with General Hospital due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 shot.
“I wanted you to hear it personally,” Burton said on Instagram. “Unfortunately, General Hospital let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I applied for my medical and religious exemptions, and both were denied. Which, you know, hurts. But it’s also a question of personal freedom for me.
The two-time Daytime Emmy winner added, “I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood because of this.”
Burton said he would be “always grateful for [his] time at General Hospital,” adding, “I love it there, I grew up there…so I’ll always be grateful.
Gustin’s most recent image on Burton’s Instagram was a family vacation photo from April 2021
In a photo from the previous month, the estranged couple were posed together hugging
Gustin, who is a fitness and nutrition professional, hadn’t directly addressed the split on her Instagram page Wednesday night; his most recent post was on Monday, promoting his business
The actor’s most recent photo on Gustin’s Instagram page was a holiday-themed family photo posted on Christmas Eve
Prior to that, the estranged couple were seen with their youngest child in a November 25 Thanksgiving post.
Following his departure from the stalwart TSWT soap opera, Burton was hired to work on the Days of Our Lives spin-off series Beyond Salem, which will air on Peacock.
The show’s head writer, Ron Carlivati, took to Twitter on Friday in response to a Soap Opera Digest report on the addition, writing, “We’re BEYOND excited about this news!”
Speaking to outlet podcast Dishing With Digest last week, Burton referred to Days of Our Lives as his “daytime intro”, as he appeared on the show in 1988 playing the character Harris Michaels.
Burton said he “was meant to do… like 10 episodes of Days and it turned into a lot more”, and that “being on Days was just a new experience for” him.
He continued, “It was really exciting. It was over at Sunset Gower, which I auditioned for [at] hundreds of times. It was a time when, I don’t mean the golden age of soaps [but] I think the late 80s and early 90s to mid 90s was a good time for soap operas.
“My first real introduction to soap operas was Days of Our Lives. It was cool. Everyone was nice. It was fun. It was not easy. And I still couldn’t play!’
The veteran soap star also appeared in The Young and the Restless from 2013 to 2017, as well as the 2007 spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift.
Beyond Salem head writer Ron Carlivati confirmed Burton’s hiring on Peacock show
The former couple was seen in 2012 in Nashville at the CMA Awards
Burton and Gustin were pictured at an event in Los Angeles in 1999, the year they got married