The 52 year-old, best known for her role in popular musical comedy drama Glee, met Embry, a clinical psychologist at a fundraiser in San Francisco in 2009. They married the following year in Massachusetts, when the state was one of the few in the US to recognise gay marriage.
After the marriage, Lynch became stepmother to Haden, Embry’s daughter from a previous relationship.
The actress told People magazine:
“Lara and I have decided to end our marriage. This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another. We ask for privacy as we deal with this family matter.”
Photo of Jane Lynch with Glee co-stars Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer by Francis Orante via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence