The news about relationships of Hollywood celebrities is constantly changing, often for the worst. One such couple? Chris Pratt and Anna Faris, who recently announced their decision to separate.
Since this is a hot topic, let’s take a closer look at trying to deduce what went wrong. Here are the facts and the latest developments people are buzzing about.
In posts on their respective Facebook and Instagram accounts, Pratt and Faris expressed their sadness at ending their marriage. They announced the legal separation on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in almost identical statements.
The internet, of course, had a field day. This beloved couple has been deemed “#relationshipgoals” many times. So what happened?
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Hollywood hurts happy homes
Every relationship experiences its ups and downs, but those in the spotlight have their own unique set of challenges when it comes to making a marriage work. Faris recently spoke about this.
“I don’t think that’s something, when you’re an actor, that you’re prepared for,” she said. “There are two different roles that you play — the one on-camera and the one in public … That’s the tricky part.”
Next: Why they were different
Why they were different
Faris and Pratt had a lot in common beyond just being celebrities. Both grew up in the Seattle area and maintain a love for Washington State, where they have a home. They also began their careers in a similar fashion, both starring in horror spoof films.
But what really set them apart was their candor. The pair were open, honest, and funny when it came to describing their relationship to the public. “It was like magnets,” Pratt told Elle when asked what it was like when they first met. “Our personalities meshed, she was a goofball, she liked to have fun, it was impossible to offend her.”
Next: Faris used to be the famous one.
A ‘fame imbalance’
There’s an interesting trajectory as to how fame may have influenced this relationship. When the pair first met, Faris was clearly the bigger star — with credits such as the Scary Movie franchise and House Bunny. On the other hand, Pratt was primarily known for his role on the WB series, Everwood.
But things have obviously turned around since then. While Faris maintains a steady job as the star of Mom opposite Allison Janney, Pratt has skyrocketed to fame with blockbuster roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. Though two people are rarely ever on exactly the same level of fame, it’s hard to ignore that Faris and Pratt are in very different places in their careers.
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This is Faris’ second failed marriage
We should never place the blame on one person. That being said, it’s been brought up that Faris was in a relationship at the time that she met Pratt, and there’s always been speculation that she left her first husband for him.
Of course, both are complicit in this. If Faris was unfaithful with Pratt, this is arguably not a great way to begin a relationship. But marriages fail, and it seems as though the two fought hard for theirs, so putting the onus on one or the other isn’t helping anyone.
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Putting their son first
Above all else, the most important thing to consider in these instances is the welfare of the children involved. Faris and Pratt have a son, Jack, who is almost 5 years old.
Both appear to be loving, doting parents, and they’ve affirmed in their official statement their commitment to co-parenting him together. With two such kind and caring individuals, it appears as though they’ll do just fine in raising Jack from separate homes.
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The MCU curse?
In a strange coincidence, 2017 has been a bad year for superhero relationships. Pratt, who portrays Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the third in a string of breakups, following two of his Avengers: Infinity War co-stars.
Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow, announced her separation from her husband in January and filed for divorce in March. Around the same time, Captain America portrayer Chris Evans called it quits with his girlfriend, actress Jenny Slate, after dating for less than a year. Are the Avengers and company doomed to be lonely?