As divorce attorneys in Pasadena know, being the coolest couple in town doesn't always make for a perfect marriage. Just ask actress and singer Zooey Deschanel and Death Cab for Cutie lead singer Ben Gibbard. The terminally cool and cute couple is splitting up after just two years of marriage.
According to US Weekly, which broke the news on Tuesday, Deschanel and Gibbard are officially separating, much to the dismay to hipsters everywhere. The pair was married in late September 2009 in Seattle. According to People magazine, Gibbard staged a romantic proposal complete with a pricey three-carat diamond and platinum Neil Lane ring. The couple was engaged in December 2008 but had been dating for a little more than year before that. Since their wedding, however, the pair rarely appeared in public together. Many blame the split on the hectic work schedules of the couple.
Gibbard spends a large amount of his time touring on the road while Deschanel is busy starring in the new Fox sitcom New Girland appearing with her own band She and Him. In the last month alone, Deschanel has been making press appearances to promote her television show, released a Christmas album with She and Him, and even sang the national anthem at Game Four of the World Series. Gibbard hasn't exactly been lounging, either. He and Death Cab for Cutie are preparing to release their ninth studio album and are in preparations for a world tour.
The split is being described as "mutual and amicable" by a source who also adds "there is no third party involved." The pair has certainly said nice things about one another in the past. "I'd seen her movies and obviously I thought she was very beautiful," Gibbard explained in the September issue of New York Magazine that features Deschanel on the cover.
When their mutual music manager finally introduced them three years ago, "I was just awestruck that she was even talking to me."
Deschanel recently told iVillage that it was "definitely hard" away from Gibbard while he was on tour and that marriage required a lot of hard work. "You can't expect to make no effort. You still have to make the effort and be kind and understanding. It sort of just solidifies your commitment."