Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer had a private marriage, though frequently shared the red carpet together. They have two children together and always seemed like a solid couple. But when they announced their split, it sounded as if they had been unhappy for some time. Now they’re best friends.
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The boy next door
Tobey Maguire doesn’t look like the 43 years he is. He still looks like the boy next door. And despite being cast as an action hero, he just never looked the part. He strikes us as unassuming, humble and just plain nice. Yet, he is also good friends with Leo DiCaprio, who is notorious for his partying. And Tobey is an accomplished poker player.
But when it comes to women, he’s never been known as a player, not even after his divorce.
He met Jennifer Meyer, a jewellery designer, in 2003. He was shooting Seabiscuit at the time and looked even skinnier than normal, because of his drastic weight loss for the role of a jockey in the movie.
Tobey and Jennifer started dating, and in 2006 their daughter was born. Ten months later the two married in a small ceremony in Kona, Hawaii.
A family together
Tobey is very much a family man. He adores his children (the couple’s son was born in May 2009). He may have been a busy actor a decade ago, but he’s taken on fewer roles since the birth of his second child and works more as a producer these days.
Jennifer is a career woman in her own right, making jewellery for Hollywood’s A-listers.
Even though Tobey appears to have taken a step back, he’s often been photographed out and about with his family and all seemed well in their world.
Splitting after 9 years
But apparently, that was not the case. In October 2016 the couple announced their decision to separate: “After much soul searching and consideration we have made the decision to separate as a couple. As devoted parents, our first priority remains raising our children together with enduring love, respect and friendship.”
So-called ‘sources’ said that the two had been separated since the summer that year and that they’ve been living separate lives even longer than that. The two were said to have completely different interests and lives and were no longer able to connect beyond co-parenting their children.
Tobey is a homebody who prefers to stay in. And Jennifer is outgoing and likes to go out with her many female friends.
That doesn’t need to spell the end of a relationship. Many couples can make their relationship work, even with one being an introvert and one an extrovert. That alone is an issue big enough that it couldn’t be overcome. But you also have to want it.
Two people can be very different and still love each other and make their relationship work. If they choose to do that.
Clearly, Tobey and Jennifer decided against it and that was that. But just because they’re no longer a couple, they didn’t stop being a family.
Still the best of friends
Indeed, after announcing their separation, the two left fans confused for quite some time, because they kept appearing together. They showed up on the red carpet together, spent time with their children together, and looked altogether very much at ease with each other. Speculation was rife that they were reconciling. But once again ‘sources’ close to the couple said that they were simply very good friends.
There was no chance of them getting back together, but things had vastly improved between the estranged couple after they separated. And they were still dedicated co-parents, which helped as well.
Jennifer once called Tobey ‘the greatest ex a girl could have’. And she also called him her best friend. And the sentiment seems to be absolutely genuine.
In the meantime, it seems Tobey at least has moved on in his dating life. He’s been seen out and about with various women over the last two years, but hardly any of them could be considered serious dating. He was last linked to model Tatiana Dieteman, but it’s unclear how serious that is.
Jennifer is not known to be dating anyone at this time, though we cannot rule out that she is seeing someone privately.
Either way, Tobey and Jennifer are doing well as co-parents and an ex-couple, which is what matters the most when you have to go through a divorce.