In a surprise development, comedienne Amy Schumer and furniture designer Ben Hanisch have split. The pair issued a joint statement on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, through Schumer’s representative.
“Amy and Ben have ended their relationship after thoughtful consideration and remain friends.”
The breakup comes just six months after the pair celebrated their one-year anniversary in November with a pair of touching posts on Instagram.
The Story of the Comedienne and the Designer
In 2015, Amy Schumer was having a banner year. She was just coming off of her first leading film role in the comedy Trainwreck. Schumer also wrote the film, which was loosely based on her own experiences. She had also just released her new HBO special, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, which would go on to be nominated for three Emmys: one for writing, one for directing, and one for Outstanding Variety Special. Schumer was also named one of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People in 2015, as well as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2015. So finding a partner in Ben Hanisch in November of 2015 was just the icing on the proverbial cake.
Ben Hanisch was a furniture maker in Chicago and the founder of his own company, The Last Workshop. His furniture company is known for its eclectic designs, including a swing-set dining room table and platform storage beds made of striped hardwoods that feature floating shelves and drawers. Hanisch was a snowboarder as a young man, with several sponsorships and tournaments under his belt by the time he was 17. Although that didn’t end up working, he found his calling while renovating an old warehouse after attending the University of Utah.
Rumors linked Schumer and Hanisch as early as August of 2015 when Hanisch began following Schumer on Twitter, although she never reciprocated. While rumors sparked around them meeting on the dating app, Bumble, Schumer made it very clear in a tweet that she had never been on Bumble.
The news of the pair dating officially broke on New Year’s Day of 2016 when he captioned an Instagram photo of Schumer and himself saying, “Sometimes in life you get extremely lucky, and the smartest, funniest, most beautiful woman comes along.”
Schumer reciprocated with an amusing post on Twitter, where she admitted she had a new boyfriend but posted a picture of President Barack Obama.
The pair seemed very happy during 2016, with both of them sharing idyllic moments on Instagram with adorable captions. For her part, Schumer gushed about Hanisch on numerous interviews, using her trademark raunchiness to at once highlight and deflect aspects of their personal life. Once, in an article with InStyle, Jessica Seinfeld, a close friend of Schumer’s, asked her what she found most attractive about Hanisch.
Schumer responded immediately, “His penis.”
She continued, however, in a much more vulnerable way.
“I could see he was kind in a real way. God bless him. He’s cute. He’s kind.”
She also revealed that she was struck by how much Hanisch wanted her to succeed. She spoke candidly in her interview about how much she enjoyed it.
“[There are] people who due to their own insecurity need you to be smaller. I feel like I can shine with him and also be nothing, and we’re good. We’ve been together for almost a year and a half, but lately I’ll whisper in his ear, ‘I’m falling for you.’ And he’s just like, ‘We’ve been together for a while.'”
The reason for the pair’s split is unclear, but the clues may perhaps be found in something that Schumer said during her Barbara Walters’ interview as one of the 10 most interesting people of 2015.
“I would love [to settle down and start a family], but I don’t really see it for myself. I don’t know how realistic it is.”
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