When Amy Poehler and Will Arnett got married in 2003, it seemed like they were meant to be together. But in 2012, after having two children together and being married for nine years, the couple said they were splitting up. In 2014, Arnett asked for a divorce, and it was finalized in 2016. (via CBS News).
A source told Radar Online soon after the breakup that there was “no bad blood” and that the couple just drifted apart. “Will and Amy started to feel less like husband and wife and more like best friends. Everyone used to think that Amy and Will’s relationship was all fun because they are both comedians. But they haven’t laughed in a long time, and they just want to get on with their lives “at the time, the source said.
Both sides have been pretty quiet about the details of their breakup in the years since. But when he was on Dax Shepard‘s podcast Armchair Expert, Arnett talked about how people felt about his divorce from Poehler.
“Let me say this. Someone from a Minnesota TV station tagged me on Twitter and said something like, “I don’t know about you guys, but I’m Team Amy.” “Shepard, he told me (via Showbiz Cheatsheet). “And I wanted to say, “We’re people in a relationship, and that relationship broke up. It’s terrible. It breaks my heart. We have two children, and this is not a game. What do you want to say? You have no idea what we’re going through.” Arnett said that comments like that hurt him a lot and that it took him a long time to get over them.
Amy Poehler discussed how she dealt with the breakup that occurred in September 2012 in her memoir titled Yes Please, which was published in 2014. In the book, Poehler revealed that she felt “incredibly alone” and that she was “constantly reminded by society of how frequently divorce happens and how common it has become.” According to HuffPost, she penned the following: “Just for a moment, picture yourself laying out everything that is important to you on a blanket and then tossing the entire thing into the air. The process of getting a divorce is similar to packing up a blanket, throwing it up in the air, watching everything spin, and fretting about what will be broken when it finally comes back down.”
The star of Parks and Recreation went on to explain that she was “beyond grateful” for the role that Arnett played as a father in the memoir that she wrote (via Closer). She stated, “I am proud of how my ex-husband Will and I have been taking care of our children.” “I am proud of how we have been taking care of our children.” “I cannot express how thankful I am that he is their father, and I do not believe that a marriage that has lasted 10 years can be considered a failure. Having said all of that, having a divorce is a terrible experience.”