Nearly two years ago, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett shocked fans when they announced that they were splitting after ten years of marriage. Fans of Poehler’s wondered what went wrong between the two, who were often seen arm in arm at every red carpet event. Not only did they seem adorably content on the red carpet, but other than the ceremonies they had to attend, they stayed out of the spotlight and usually hid well from photographers.
The next two years didn’t reveal any huge shocking truths to why Amy Poehler and Will Arnett got a divorce after ten years of marriage and two children. That said, Poehler writes about the experience in her new memoir, Yes Please, and says what some know and others only suspect — divorce sucks.
According to E!, Poehler writes, “Imagine spreading everything you care about on a blanket and then tossing the whole thing up in the air.”
She continued, “The process of divorce is about loading that blanket, throwing it up, watching it all spin, and worrying what stuff will break when it lands.”
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Poehler didn’t get into the nitty gritty of the divorce, and instead, the Parks and Recreation star called it “too sad” and “too personal” to discuss at length. Still, she analyzes how she was viewed and how she felt while in the eye of the storm.
“When you are a person going through a divorce you feel incredibly alone, yet you are constantly reminded by society of how frequently divorce happens and how common it has become. You aren’t allowed to feel special, but no one knows the specific ways you are in pain.”
Keeping out of the public eye really paid off in the end for the couple during their amiable split and their continued co-parenting to sons Archie, 5, and Abel, 6. Amy notes that this was a very important relationship to establish and is prideful about the complicated balancing act that they have accomplished.
“I am proud of how my ex-husband Will and I have been taking care of our children. I am beyond grateful he is their father, and I don’t think a 10-year marriage constitutes failure.”
Using a direct quote from friend and comedian Louis C.K., Poehler sums divorce up perfectly. ‘Divorce is always good news because no good marriage has ever ended in divorce.” Even with that she adds, “Getting a divorce really sucks.”
Since Will Arnett filed for divorce, Amy Poehler has moved on with comedian Nick Kroll in 2013.