24 hours removed and the shock is still very real: Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are splitting up after 8 years of marriage. Everything is awful. Everything hurts.
The pair of extremely good people took to social media yesterday to announce their separation, stating that they while they “still have love for each other,” they had “tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed.”
While outwardly the couple had been going strong for a number of years, the past twelve months had seen them spend their time largely apart due to Pratt’s insane working schedule, and Faris’ own commitments to her TV role on ‘Mom.’
A little over a week prior to yesterday’s devastating announcement, Faris admitted to the crushing “loneliness” of having to balance multiple public personas, and the stress that puts on a relationship once it becomes the focus of the public.
On her own podcast – ‘Anna Faris is Unqualified‘ – the 40-year-old admitted to guest, musician and friend Josh Ostrander, that the “public character” she feels she has to play is often a mask for who she really is and how she’s really feeling.
I play a character on Mom, I play a character in movies, but I also play a public character. There’s definitely a loneliness and, like, an internal element to being a performer. I feel like I have to laugh…
I play a public character. I laugh loud sometimes — maybe too loud but it is a public character sometimes. Like, if I have a red carpet thing or whatever, which I’m never comfortable, but I’m always like, ‘I’m fine!’ And it never feels like me.
Faris had also previously addressed the rumours of an on-set affair between Pratt and his ‘Passengers‘ co-star Jennifer Lawrence, which re-surfaced and became the subject of much speculation following yesterday’s announcement.
In a November 2016 episode of her podcast, with guest Isla Fisher, Faris talked about dealing with tabloid rumours while in a “high profile” relationship, and how the rumours about Pratt and Lawrence stung more than she thought they might.
We grapple with the idea of being a public couple. For the first time, maybe a year ago or 10 months ago, we were in the public a little bit. There were some tabloid rumours about strain on our relationship. I just remember feeling so hurt in a way that bothered me because I didn’t want to think of myself as somebody that could be affected by tabloid shit. There was a picture of me walking alone on the beach: ‘Ageing Anna Faris, Alone on the Beach.’
I take pride in how great my relationship is with Chris. But having said that, of course, in this crazy world where he’s off doing movies, and I’m in L.A. raising our child, of course I’m going to feel vulnerable, like any normal human would. It did make me feel like, ‘Is public perception—even though it’s false—is there a grain of something?’ It made me feel incredibly insecure.
Ahh man. The mighty heart. It breaks.
Whether all these were signs that the end was nigh remain to be seen. But either way, even if by all rights it shouldn’t be, this has somehow been a fairly bitter pill to swallow.
Here’s to finding happiness, wherever that may be.