Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you probably heard that last night, Chris Pratt publicly announced via Facebook and Twitter that he and wife of eight years, Anna Faris were headed to Splitsville. In the post he stated:
Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.
Anna shared a similar statement on her Twitter account, as well. Their son, Jack was born in August 2012. Of course, the internet was immediately flooded with heartbreak and sadness from devoted fans of the Jurassic World and House Bunny actors — and after the great Brangelina split of 2016, the feelz were all too familiar.
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt’s divorce is hurting me more than any other breakup ever and my own parents are divorced
— Emma (@EmmaaaaaJean) August 7, 2017
2017: bees are dying, Trump is President, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are separateting. This year needs to be thrown away.
— Kaleigh Marsh (@KaleighMarsh) August 7, 2017
this Chris Pratt/Anna Faris split is almost as devastating as the Amy Poehler/Will Arnett break up of 2014
— Christine Sydelko (@csydelko) August 7, 2017
first Brangelina, now Chris Pratt and Anna Faris… true love is not real.
— t? (@TaylxrDougherty) August 7, 2017
But you both had ant farms… true love is not real ? https://t.co/Bb5LxCcIfZ
— Jaz (@Jaz_gandhi5) August 7, 2017
Your weekly reminder that true love is not real ?? https://t.co/B2usEKDQ01
— Christopher Frye (@chrisfrye1) August 7, 2017
Not to be dramatic but true love is officially dead, the rest of us can give up now https://t.co/joXjQuZKai
— Tamara Rudic (@tamararudic) August 7, 2017
true love is dead https://t.co/BDgmScQJMW
— CARE-UH! (@knelso_) August 7, 2017
— Wendy (@wdkblogger) August 7, 2017
Basically, the entirety of Twitter has resolved that true love is dead and it’s because of the latest celebrity breakup that has all optimists turning into to skeptics. But what was is really about Anna Faris and Chris Pratt that made true love ~seem~ real in the first place?
Was it their #relationshipgoals-esque Instagram photos that made you want to grab your Ben & Jerry’s and cry over your current state of single-dom?
…or their family photos that fully made you want to get adopted?
Was it their perfectly-matched humor?
…or how ~relatable~ they were?
Was it E) All of the above? Probably. And while I’m 100% pretty sad over the whole Anna Faris/Chris Pratt split, I’m not going to go as far to say that true love is dead. Why? Because true love never existed in the first place… at least not in the way that we as a collective society have imagined it for so many years.
On the one hand, a decision to get separated or divorced at all proves a lack of genuine commitment. Because I’d wager that if you speak to any 90-year-old married couple, they would tell you that things were pretty goddamn rough for a few years but they decided to stick it out because ~divorce wasn’t a thing back then~ or something like that. But on the other hand, I’m not even shaming people for choosing not to commit forever because most relationships reach their full potential after a certain amount of time (whether that means a few, solid years of #bliss or a couple great kids out of the chaos) and don’t ever get any better than that. We all know that couple that “stayed together for the kids” and has been miserable ever since. My parents broke up when I was eight, I have three sisters and I truly think their separation was for the best at exactly the time it happened.
So it’s possible that real “true love” is the kind that burns brightly for a couple years, fades, ends amicably and then allows each partner to find their next true love. Maybe in this age of technology and instant gratification and impatience, lifelong love isn’t a viable option. In fact, the idea of everlasting love probably never was practical but old-time, patriarchal traditions where men were frequently cheating on their wives and women weren’t really expected to be happy, anyway, made lifelong marriage something separate from lifelong love and society used to be able to accept those conditions. (But that’s a convo for another time.)
So, in my (humblest) of opinions, “true love” didn’t die with Chris Pratt and Anna Faris but it shows that we can redefine the boundaries of “true love” and “lifelong commitment,” realizing that the two don’t necessarily need to be mutually exclusive.