Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm are no more. The couple announced their breakup after nearly two decades of romance, according to People.
Something contagious must be going around among Hollywood couples as of late; 2015 is shaping up to be “The Year of the Splits.” Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are courting divorce, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale called off their marriage of 13 years, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert called it quits after four years of marriage, Kourtney Kardashian dumped Scott Disick, and, most recently, Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) announced their separation.
Sadly, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt joined the growing list of couple casualties in Tinseltown. Jon and Jennifer released a joint statement confirming rumors of their split.
“With great sadness, we have decided to separate, after 18 years of love and shared history. We will continue to be supportive of each other in every way possible moving forward.”
The couple’s breakup announcement comes as a surprise to many fans and celebrity pundits. Months ago, Jon successfully completed a month-long stay in a rehabilitation facility to address his reported addiction to alcohol, according to EW.
On the surface, Jennifer and Jon appeared to be a model, loving couple whose relationship weathered the rigors of the entertainment industry. Earlier this year, Jennifer Westfeldt and her mate fended off breakup rumors. The prevailing gossip at the time was their romance was on a rocky road and that going separate ways was in the plans. The couple’s representative slammed the tabloid running the story.
“The story that appeared in this week’s edition of In Touch magazine is not true. The only gentleman Jennifer visited regularly in Connecticut was Jon, while he was in rehab. They continue to ask for the public’s understanding and sensitivity during this challenging time.”
Jon Hamm starred as Don Draper in Mad Men at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in the Big Apple. The period drama ran for seven seasons and over 92 episodes. It last aired on May 17. He and Jennifer Westfeldt co-starred in several projects together: Kissing Jessica Stein (2000), Ira & Abby (2006), and Friends with Kids (2011).
The couple was last seen in public together on July 22. They attended an after-party for the premiere of another Netflix-sponsored project, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Witnesses say Wesfeldt and Hamm appeared like a normal couple; they were seen “canoodling” with each other.
Tabloid rumors don’t always pan out, but with Jennifer Wesfeldt’s split from Jon, it shows that the buzz can’t be totally discounted.
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