They were the perfect indie music couple and fans were shocked and saddened when they split. What happened between Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard is anyone’s guess.
Divorce finalized on December 12, 2012.
The couple was introduced by their mutual music manager. Ben later said that he had been awestruck by Zooey, unable to believe that she was even talking to him. Whilst Zooey never said the same about Ben, clearly she fell for him and the two started dating, becoming engaged in 2008 and marrying in 2009.
They were considered the indie music power couple and adored by many fans; just as plenty of people were quite jealous of Ben for having married everybody’s darling Zooey Deschanel. Ultimately nobody begrudged them their happiness and hoped that they would have many more years together – perhaps even have children –rather than the two years for which they were married.
As recently as September 2011 everyone was under the impression that the couple was happy. Ben tweeted about a New York magazine article about Zooey, indicating his pride for his wife. But only two months later they announced their separation. Zooey filed for divorce just after Christmas that year, but appeared to be rather unperturbed ahead of this, going happily shopping by herself.
The split, apparently, was amicable. Certainly neither party had anything negative to say about the other. Zooey only said that they were both fine. Ben, however, said nothing. The reason for the divorce was cited as “irreconcilable differences” with the addition that no counselling or mediation would be able to remedy the situation. That in itself sounds pretty serious and begs the question, if they tried counselling.
If a marriage is broken beyond repair, something must have happened. But they never looked anything but happy when seen together. Perhaps their feelings changed from those of a married couple to those of friends. It seems quite remarkable how little either of them commented on the split.
The divorce was amicably finalized on December 12, 2012. Neither of the two asked for spousal support and whatever shared assets they had, seem to have been split as well. There have been speculations that Zooey’s rising star has been a major contributor to the split. She did make a lot more money than Ben, but nobody could accuse him of going after the money in their divorce.
After the divorce was finalized, Zooey ended up in a relationship with Jamie Linden that lasted roughly two years but ended earlier this year.
She has since been seen with Jacob Pechenik, a producer on her new movie. She doesn’t seem to cherish single life very much, given how quickly one man follows the next. But she also seems to be looking for something solid, instead of serial dating a bunch of guys in quick succession.
Let’s hope she does find whatever she is looking for.
Ben on the other hand seems to have remained single, or perhaps he is keeping his dating life seriously low-key. Maybe he doesn’t want another relationship where his partner outshines him. He will certainly find the right person for him in good time.