Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have revealed they are legally separating after 8 years of marriage. The acting duo, who have a son together 4 years old named Jack. Pratt 38 years old posted the joint statement on Facebook which says ‘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.’
Faris 40 years old also shared the statement on her social media accounts. The acting twosom, who both originate from a comedy acting background, met in 2007 on set of Take Me Home Tonight when Anna was married to actor Ben Indra. They got engaged following year and their wedding took place in Bali on July 9 2009.
Jack was born 9 weeks prematurely and spent a month in NICU, an experience which Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris says ‘really defined’ his faith in God. Last time Pratt featured his wife on Instagram was in May when he gushed about actress on Mother’s Day. Alongside a pic of Faris and their son, Pratt wrote ‘A big Mother’s Day kiss and hug across the pond to my darling wife @annafaris and our sweet boy. I miss you both so much. I love you.’
Faris is currently shooting the fifth season of her CBS sitcom, Mom, while Pratt currently stars in Guardians of Galaxy 2 and has Jurassic World sequel set for release next year. It is been suggested that split is partially down to couple’s hectic work schedules, with Faris busy with her sitcom and various other projects and Pratt taking on huge blockbuster movies. He has spent most of this summer away in United Kingdom and Hawaii shooting Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; and although Faris and Jack visited him on location, Pratt’s schedule would have been taxing on family. The promotion for major films Pratt takes on also takes him around the world for weeks at a time, with Faris needing to stay in LA to shoot her sitcom, which records at Warner Brothers studios in Burbank.
Pratt has also been paired up with several glamorous female stars on his latest films, namely Jennifer Lawrence, whom he starred with in Passengers earlier on this year and Jurassic World’s Bryce Dallas Howard. The latter is happily married, but romance rumours were hinted at when Pratt and Lawrence were shooting their sci-fi movie last year. Speaking back in late April at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony, Pratt affirmed how solid his and Faris’ marriage appeared to be ‘I want to thank my wife Anna, I love you. You’ve given me so much. You gave me the greatest star in the galaxy in my little boy, I love him and I love you. We have bonded to make this molecule that is more important to me than air or water, and without it none of this means anything to me. With every challenge, with every day, week, month, decade, we become more bonded. You make me laugh like nobody else. You’re very caring, and thank you for your trust and your sacrifice – and for your dedication and your heart. I will do my best to protect it, and in return I will give you all of those things as well. You have my heart, my dedication, my trust.’
Family looked happier than ever when they showed up to ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard, clearly thrilled to be honouring such an occasion. ‘I’m a man of faith and I believe that God works in mysterious ways and gives us signs and gifts in life and those gifts oftentimes come in the form of people’ Chris went on. ‘So I’ll just spend the rest of my time expressing gratitude for the people in my life who are gifts.’
In December last year actress admitted she had been affected by cheating rumors surrounding her husband. In an episode of her Unqualified podcast, Faris said to fellow actress and close pal Isla Fisher ‘It made me feel incredibly insecure. Chris and I, we talk about this a lot. We grapple with a lot of the ideas of being a public couple.’ She admitted their relationship had been tested a year prior by ‘some tabloid rumors about strain in our relationship’. She tried to ignore it, she told ‘I just remember feeling so hurt in a way that bothered me, because I didn’t want to think of myself as somebody who could be affected by… tabloid s**t.’
‘I take pride in how great my relationship is with Chris, but having said that, of course, in this crazy world where he’s off doing movies and I’m in LA raising our child, of course I’m going to feel vulnerable, like any normal human would’ she added. Just last month Scary Movie star talked about her ‘normal’ home life with movie hunk. ‘Chris loves to work in the garage and I love to do laundry and watch reality television’ she said. She also shared clips on her social media about how the couple work out together, featuring videos of Pratt lifting up his wife, wrapping her legs around his head and using him as a human climbing frame, showing off their fun-loving home life. She admit to it being challenging living life as a Hollywood couple in spotlight.
‘I don’t think that’s something, when you’re an actor, that you’re prepared for. There are two different roles that you play, the one on-camera and the one in public. That’s the tricky part.’ In 2015 Pratt opened up about key to a successful marriage in Hollywood. The Parks and Recreation star said ‘It’s just as important, if not more important, to focus on your relationship with your partner because your children are going to leave one day [and] you have to maintain a relationship that’s going to outlast your child’s needs for you. I have the support of a strong partner who’s been through this and understands it and whom I can share these experiences with,’ he added. ‘And we have a family that we’re starting that’s the focus of my attention.’