Love is not truly dead.
It only feels that way after Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced their separation on Sunday night.
A married couple of eight years, Faris and Pratt came across as the perfect match: funny, laid back, successful, attractive, clearly smitten over their five-year old child.
“Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward,” they wrote in a joint statement, concluding:
“We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”
How did the actress and actor arrived at this place?
Where did their seemingly perfect relationship go wrong?
For starters, it was never perfect.
Let’s be honest: as happy as Faris and Pratt may have seemed together in public, there’s no way of knowing what was really going on inside of their hearts or their home.
Let’s also be honest: This split had nothing to do with Jennifer Lawrence.
There’s been chatter on both sides of the relationship spectrum when it comes to Pratt and Lawrence, with some reports stating they hated each other on the set of Passengers and others alleging there were hints of a romance.
The truth is very likely somewhere in the middle. They are just friends.
According to TMZ insiders, no third party played any role in this separation. Neither Pratt nor Faris is accused of infidelity.
Instead, Faris simply yearns for a family that spends a lot of time together. She wants it to be based in Los Angeles. And she wants more children.
As a very successful sitcom star, Faris is able to work frequently and make a lot of money… yet rarely travel.
Pratt, conversely, has seen his movie career explode over the past few years; he’s often trotting around the globe, filming a new blockbuster.
Back in 2009, when the couple got married, Faris was a bigger star than her husband. The roles have now been switched, which isn’t a source of jealousy.
But it is a source of contention because their schedules are so very different.
For now, and for the foreseeable future, Pratt does not want to have more children. He simply can’t juggle that responsibility and the aspects of his A-Lister career.
Moreover, he can’t commit to Los Angeles as a steady home base because he just doesn’t know where future shoots will take him.
Both Pratt and Faris adore their five-year old son.
They will remain close and committed to co-parenting, although divorce proceedings may get underway very soon.
Expect this to be one of the more amicable divorces in Hollywood history, although that doesn’t mean it won’t be extremely upsetting to fans who believed Pratt and Faris would be together forever.