Sarah Silverman announces her separation from Michael Sheen over Twitter
Just in time for Valentine's day, I have something that will destroy your ever-waning belief in love: another celebrity breakup. Remember Anna Faris and Chris Pratt? Of course you do. It appears that the breakdown of Hollywood's golden couple simply opened the floodgates, and now seemingly everyone is calling it quits. There was Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd, and now, Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen.
Comedian Sarah Silverman had been dating Welsh actor, Michael Sheen since 2014. And they certainly looked like they were doing the whole "relationship" thing right. There were adorable selfies on Instagram, and Silverman even befriended Sheen's ex, Kate Beckinsale, with whom he has a daughter, 19-year-old Lily. But alas, in the enduring words of William Shakespeare, (noted expert on matters of the heart) the course of true love never does run smooth.
Silverman took to her personal Twitter account to announce the breakup. And of course, the 47-year-old managed to inject the sad news with some comedy, borrowing a famously mocked term from Gwyneth Paltrow to explain her split from the 49-year-old actor. "The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas," she wrote.
"I mean, not “over Christmas” - like that wasn’t the fight that ended it. No fight. We just live in different countries & it got hard. Felt we should just tell y’all so u stop askin, 'How’s Michael/How’s Sarah?'"
But it didn't just end there. Silverman quickly realised that her timing with the post was seriously off, as it was Michael's birthday. Oh er.
The I Smile Back star followed up her first tweet by writing "The joke here is I just realized I posted our breakup tweet on his actual birthday and I can’t believe what a d*ck I am".
Luckily, it appeared that Michael was able to see the humour in the whole thing. He purportedly told Silverman that she wasn't very "thoughtful", and we're guessing that he meant it as a joke. See, you can still be friends with your ex, folks.
"Can u believe it?? He said I wasn’t THOUGHTFUL. Jerk... Anyway, Happy Birthday, Michael..." she followed up later on the social media platform.
Last year, Silverman lent her support to the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, after speaking out about the sexual harassment scandal involving her fellow comedian and close friend, Louis CK, who has been accused of five counts of sexual misconduct. "I love Louis," she said. "But Louis did these things. Both of those statements are true".
And in a clip from her Hulu series, I Love You, the comedian elaborated on her stance on the polemical issue. She said that the "calling-out of sexual assault" has been "a long time coming". "It’s good. It’s like cutting out tumours: it’s messy and it’s complicated and it is going to hurt. But it’s necessary and we’ll all be healthier for it," Silverman added.
In other news, here are 10 of the most heartbreaking celebrity breakups of 2017.