Fans were devastated Sunday when Hollywood “it” couple Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced their separation after eight years of marriage.
Pratt posted a joint statement to his Facebook page, alerting fans of the couple’s split:
Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. …
Pratt said the two attempted to make things work for “a long time.” To their chagrin, they just couldn’t:
“Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. 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. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”
The announcement seemed to come out of thin air for supporters of the power couple:
Just woke up and saw that Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are breaking up. pic.twitter.com/Tuz6birCZV
— Sonya (@sonyaloveslatte) August 7, 2017
The judge when he has to sign off on Chris Pratt and Anna Faris' divorce papers pic.twitter.com/7MeBYtErGP
— liss (@koalamelissa) August 7, 2017
But Faris may have been hinting at their eventual split less than a week before their disheartening announcement.
She admitted that she often had to put on a facade when she went out in public:
“I play a character on ‘MOM,’ I play a character in movies, but I also play a public character.”
Putting on airs, to Faris, isolated her from much of her surroundings:
“There’s definitely a loneliness and, like, an internal element to being a performer.”
She added that she often feels inauthentic in public settings, feigning happiness whenever she’s uncomfortable:
“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.”
It’s not a far stretch to assume that maybe a bit of that “loneliness” came from marital strains. The ominous quotes may have been indicative of the two’s uncoupling, which allegedly came from differing family priorities.
According to the couple, the two will continue to co-parent their 5-year-old son, Jack.