Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 02:09
I’m not going to lie—I really hope that my article next week includes a redaction of the following sentence: Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are separating.
Us Weekly bore the bad news this past Thursday, announcing that the comedic couple is parting ways after nine years of marriage—nearly a Hollywood eternity. Their rep told Us that the split is “very amicable,” giving the tiniest sliver of hope of reconciliation to the hordes of comedy fans mourning this news.
The duo began their relationship back in 2000, before either was nearly as well-known as they are today. Poehler explained in a USA Today interview back in 2007 that the pair met through friends in New York—although she initially answered that they met via “JDate.” One can only assume that hilarity ensued throughout their courtship, leading up to their marriage on August 23, 2003. Their relationship was further solidified through their three-year-old son, Archie, and two-year-old son, Abel, whom I’m sure will woo many toddler-aged femmes with their inevitable genetic gift of humor.
Their children are not the pair’s only collaboration. One of the cutest aspects of their union, and perhaps that which has earned them such a loving fan base, is their appearances on-screen together. You may initially have seen them together on Arrested Development, where Poehler guest-starred as Gob’s (Arnett) wife. But anyone who recognizes the name “Chazz Michaels Michaels” will surely remember the couple as playing an interestingly intimate brother-sister ice skating team in the 2007 Will Ferrell-led film Blades of Glory.
It’s hard to pinpoint what causes the couple to attract such devoted fans. Their talents? Their children’s names? Their height discrepancy? Regardless, it’s not an exaggeration to say that their split has sent shock waves through Hollywood and beyond. Comedian Michael Ian Black took his feelings to Twitter, writing,
“If President Obama is so great, why did Amy Poehler and Will Arnett break up today?” The sentiments of many others on Twitter are collected under #Loveisdead, where—and I could not make this up—people have literally been tweeting suggestions for their own parents to get divorced in hopes of keeping the famous pair together or simply declaring their decision to never get married.
Are their reactions extreme? Even though they lived in the land of Hollywood, they were down-to-earth, the kind of couple you could imagine shopping at the grocery store together and playing Catchphrase on a Saturday night. They provided optimism that celebrities are actually capable of leading normal lives and true love can overcome fame.