It’s a big deal in the news right now that Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have announced their separation. I personally am one of the many whose heart is broken over this news. When it comes to any celebrity news, I’ve noticed that there have been a few that put a lasting heaviness in my heart and this is one of them.
I don’t know the true love story of Chris and Anna, but I do know what I’ve seen in the media. Chris seems to be America’s first male sweetheart. His start in celebrity as the lovable Andy Dwyer in Parks and Rec, with his adorable dad bod and affable stupidity made him a guy that everyone wanted to hang out with. When his celebrity grew, we found that he was similarly silly in real life which was a pleasant surprise. Then, as the main protagonist in Guardians of the Galaxy, we all cheered Chris on as he frustratingly dieted and bulked up while still keeping his relate-able sense of humor.
Then there’s the beautiful and hilarious Anna Faris. Her wonder face in the Scary Movie series, coupled with her sweetie pie, funny delivery made Anna one of my favorite ladies on the screen. She nailed the very difficult task of combining sexiness, cuteness and humor in the House Bunny. And if that wasn’t enough, Anna won my heart in her top-rated podcast, “Anna Faris is Unqualified.”
This is a couple that I thought mirrored my own. My husband is also silly, affable and a sweetheart. I identify with being feminine and funny at the same time. They seemed to have a similar relationship to mine. Just a couple of silly kids having a great time.
And that’s why their separation is so hard to take. They weren’t an untouchable, perfectly manicured couple (think Brangelina, John and Chrissy or Kim and Kanye). They were like you and me. Real, genuine and a bit rough around the edges. Or they were that fun couple that we like to joke around with. If they don’t make it… and we are like them… then, as a lot of posts are saying: “How is there possibly any hope for me?”
Thankfully, their separation seems peaceful and mutual. This is a welcoming end in this world of overdrama, domestic violence and permissible stalking. They finish their relationship gracefully, and I hope that those who identified with them as I did can learn from that if something beautiful does have to end. I know I learned something.
Did Chris and Anna’s separation affect you? I’d like to hear your thoughts.