They made a stunning and quite unique couple in the theater world. Having been together for many years, both pursuing successful careers and always beaming with happiness, many thought they had it all. The shock of their separation therefore lasted and cut many of their fans quite deep.
They’ve known each other almost 20 years, having met in 1995 during a production of Rent. They married in January 2003 and had son Walker in 2009. But after ten years of marriage they announced their separation in November 2013, requesting privacy and declaring their son their primary focus. It was a neutral statement and there was no mention of continued love or friendship like those announced by other ex-couples in the recent past.
But given that they are living on opposite sides of the country, it’s certainly not easy to try and remain as close as they used to be. For the sake of their son, they certainly seem willing to put in the hard work, however.
What happened to Broadway’s dream couple? Well, Idina Menzel admitted that they had the same struggles most “normal” couples do and that they have been through tough times in the past. The additional pressure of lives as celebrities never helps in these situations, but they’ve weathered whatever tough situations they had to face for the longest time.
But in the months leading up to their official separation, they were hardly seen together and rarely seemed to be stepping out for red carpet events as a couple. In fact, Idina was not by his side at Taye’s premier of The Best Man. Prior to that he’d been seen partying on numerous occasions with friends as well as a number of women, none of whom were his wife. Idina was mostly notable because of her absence.
Yet after the separation, Taye didn’t seem to be in a party mood any longer, declaring instead how his heart was broken and behaving perhaps slightly manic, which left onlookers somewhat worried.
And whilst working through the divorce, Idina also admitted quite candidly that “it sucks”. Not only is four-year old Walker still their main concern and both parents make every effort to love and protect him as much as they can, but dating is also not really an option for her quite yet. Introducing her son to a new man in her life, whom he might bond with, will likely happen at some point. But she doesn’t seem happy at the prospect, if there’s a chance that it may not last and she would take the man away again from her son. He’s already the child of a couple divorcing and, although still young, he will find out that it’s not the greatest place to be in.
Idina and Taye have yet to officially divorce. They are currently only separated and it doesn’t look as if divorce has even been filed yet. But at least it seems they are keeping it civil, with neither of them speaking badly about the other.
Their home, however, has now been put on the market and there’s no doubt that the divorce will be finalized sooner rather than later. Especially now that Taye has been linked to model Amanza Smith Brown since the summer months and they’ve been frequently seen together. In August he admitted only that he was “hanging out with people”, not actually committing to her or anyone else specifically. But they have been seen cozying up together as recently as September and perhaps he is ready to date someone steadily. Amanza may not be such a bad match either, because she knows what it means to be divorced and is already a mother of two.
Idina meanwhile focuses on son Walker and her career and has not been spotted dating anyone. There’s little doubt, however, that she will find happiness in a new relationship at some point in the future. She is no less of a catch than her soon-to-be ex-husband after all.
And they both deserve happy endings, even if it’s no longer with each other.