After 12 years as a couple, five years of marriage, one separation and a reconciliation, it sounds like Ben Harper and Laura Dern are calling it quits for good.

The news comes courtesy of Hollywood Life, which reports that Life & Style spoke with an unnamed friend of the couple who said, "They’ve called it quits for the second time. They came to this conclusion last month. It was handled with the utmost respect and love; there were no crazy fights."

Harper and Dern originally filed for divorce in October of 2010, but reconciled earlier this year. Alas, says the source, "When they got back together earlier this year, they were happy. There’s a lot of love there, and they both really wanted it to work, but they just couldn’t work out their differences.

"They couldn’t meet in the middle," continued the anonymous source. "Because of their kids, Laura wanted to handle this politely and with care. But I know she’s hurt because she really did love Ben a lot. It’s a sad time for her. She’s been leaning on friends for support. Both she and Ben are good people; there is no bad guy in this picture."

Harper's most recent album, 'Give Till It's Gone,' was certified gold in France.

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