General Hospital’s Steve Burton Announces Split with Pregnant Wife, Sheree: ‘The Child Is Not Mine’

Steve Burton revealed that he and his pregnant wife, Sheree Burton have separated after 23 years of marriage. The General Hospital alum shared the news on Instagram that he and his wife are no longer together.

“I wanted to clear something up,” he said in a post to his Instagram story, adding “Sheree and I are separated.”

Sheree and Steve Burton Have Separated Following Sheree’s Recent Pregnancy Announcement.

Steve Burton Announces Split with Pregnant Wife
Sheree and Steve Burton / Instagram

“She recently announced that she’s expecting her 4th child,” Steve wrote of his ex. “The child is not mine. We are still co-parenting our three beautiful kids. We would appreciate privacy at this time. Much luv, Steve.”

The soap star and Sheree married in 1999 after meeting on the set of General Hospital. Steve, who shares daughters Makena, 18, and Brooklyn, 7, and son Jack, 16, with Sheree, did not clarify how long they have been separated.

Steve Burton Announces Split with Pregnant Wife
Sheree and Steve Burton with Their Three Children / Instagram

Sheree has yet to comment on the separation. She recently announced that she’s pregnant when she posted a photo of her side profile on Instagram, holding her baby bump.

“Life sure is full of surprises!” she captioned the photo announcing her pregnancy.

Steve Burton Announces Split with Pregnant Wife
Sheree Burton’s 4th Pregnancy Announcement / Instagram

Steve’s separation announcement comes nearly six months after he was let go from General Hospital for not complying with the show’s mandate for the coronavirus vaccine, People reported.

Steve’s exit was rumored among fans of the ABC soap opera in November, the actor shared the news of his departure in a video on his Instagram account. Burton filmed his final episode of the show in October, the outlet also reported.

Steve Burton Announces Split with Pregnant Wife
Steve Burton’s Separation Announcement / Instagram

“I know there’s been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital. I wanted you to hear it from me personally,” he says in the video announcement. “Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions, and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts.” 

“But this is also about personal freedom to me,” he also shared. “I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this. But with that being said, you know me, I’ll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital, I love it there.” 

Steve Burton Announces Split with Pregnant Wife
Steve Burton / Instagram

“Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor,” his message concludes. Jason Morgan is the character that Steve has played off and on since 1991. 

Steve tested positive for COVID-19 in August after he said he was exposed to the virus “at work,” though he didn’t specify whether he was referring to the General Hospital set, People also reported.

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Steve Burton Announces Split with Pregnant Wife
Steve Burton / Instagram

At the time of his departure from General Hospital, the soap’s vaccine mandate, which is in effect for all the actors and all crew who are present on set when the actors aren’t wearing masks, had been in place since early November.

Audiences can expect to see Steve Burton again in Days of Our Lives. The actor plays Harris Michaels in the show and he has been appearing as the character since 1988.

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