November 2nd, 2011
10:39 AM ET
Zooey Deschanel and husband Ben Gibbard split
Two years after tying the knot, actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and musician Ben Gibbard are going their separate ways. A rep for Gibbard, frontman for the band Death Cab for Cutie, confirmed the split to CNN.
An unnamed source tells Us Weekly that the split was amicable and mutual, and wasn't caused by a third party.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the pair met through a mutual manager three years ago (Zooey's also in a band of her own: She & Him). The two wed near Seattle in 2009 after Gibbard proposed to Deschanel with a three carat diamond and platinum ring, People magazine reports.
In a recent interview with iVillage, Deschanel opened up about her relationship with Gibbard, reiterating that marriage takes work.
"The most surprising thing is that it's not really different," she said in the July, 2011 interview. "You still have to make a commitment and think about that commitment every day. It's not like you get married and then all the work is done for you. You get married and you're still in a relationship and you're still doing your best to make it the best relationship you can...You still have to make the effort and be kind and understanding."
Professionally, Deschanel is staying plenty busy: Her Fox show "New Girl" has been a success and was picked up for a full season earlier in the fall, and she just released her Christmas album, "A Very She & Him Christmas."
A source tells People that "the intention" at this point "is to move forward with divorce."
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So sad to read about. :(. Zo is a breath of fresh air in a smoke-filled Hollywood town. Her music is uplifting and soulful and DCfC is awesome as well. Wish for peace and healing for both of them. PP
I guess I'm in the middle of it all then.
I knew about Death Cab for Cutie, heard some of their music and thought it was alright.
I knew about Zooey from her appearance as Trillian in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie from a few years ago. Comparing that to New Girl, I'm convinced that she can act. I get what they're doing with New Girl, I think her character is personable, but I don't like the show.
It is a shame that people, most probably in a very tight and lacking privacy world such as the entertainment world is, stress over their careers and how they appear to the public and how short a time they have to get to know another soul that can understand, to a point, what their go go life is like.
What I'm saying is that they tried and that we, not living their lives, have no idea what really happened.
Hopefully they will both find someone that can give them what they seek and need and be there to grow old together with.
It'll be a lot easier for him to eat now, if he doesn't have to keep up with her diet.
Zooey's new series ("New Girl") is well-reviewed by critics and is disarmingly funny. That show along with "2 Broke Girls" on Monday nights are by far the best new comedies on American TV this season. Zoeey's character "Jess" is dorkalicious and honestly very funny. I can't wait to see how this show develops.
FINALLY! I have a shot at marrying one of the most amazing women in the world. http://www.remustucker.com
A previous poster whines: "II never heard of either of those two. Why does CNN.COM waste space reporting on some as inconsequential as those two?"
Oh my goodness. Why are you so concerned about CNN.Com bandwidth? And if you're so culturally illterate as to not know who Death Cab for Cutie is or who Zooey Deschanel is, then fine - go back to reading about the Kardashians or Justin Bieber. Whew.
I never heard of either of those two. Why does CNN.COM waste space reporting on some as inconsequential as those two?
Whoo- hoo! Now I've got a chance!
Not really, though. But my fantasy world is a lot less conflicted. Zooey is again in my top ten list of imaginary girlfriends I'll never see in real life.
thanks for letting me know who they were... I was familiar with Death Cab for Cutie but didn't associate names. as for divorce.... whatever.
Famous people should never get married. It works about 0.02% of the time.
Yay, I have a chance again. Will you go out with me Zooey? hehe....
Whoooo? And who? Next topic.
OMG!!!! COLOR ME UNCONCERNED!!!
I'm a huge fan of pale skinned women with dark hair and blue eyes. She is so ridiculously cute.
She would look just lovely with my penis on her cheek
Did the split have anything to do with his awful haircut? Just sayin'.
ZOOEY IS BACK ON THE MARKET.... YEEEEAH
not that any of us have a shot in hell but it's still a nice thought
As a big DCFC fan this makes me sad for Ben Gibbard.
good for them, whoever they are... Join the club with karTrashian, and the other bums.
im a pterodactyl. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwh
I guess Zooey is too big for this man now. She's cute, but far from being funny. Her new show is typical of the garbage that's on tv now.... a cute, dumb girl with predictable lines and canned laughter.
make a better show then and quit whining
I loved to play with her t i t t i e s and will probably make a cool song about them & her bush.
Husband? So what was all that one in a million talk? Well anyway, there's one less guy I have to be jealous about. I always liked her.
I guess the Death Cab guy couldn't stand her horrible show New Girl either.
Too bad her hubby didn't see that movie of hers "500 Days of Summer", cuz then he'd have known the split was coming. It simply took over 700 days this time around. (wink)
I read the article to see who these people are and why it matters. Wow, it doesn't take much to get an article on CNN. I'm going to MSNBC website to read an article about Oakland. For those of you who know Fooey or Zoooey or whatever, you might want to read an article about Oakland as they are trying to make sure you have enough money to buy their CD's or DVDs or whatever it is they do.
I think I'll invest in hippy guided rubber bullets.
something tells me that articles about what is going on in Oakland don't belong in the entertainment sections
So what I'm hearing is: I have a chance with Zooey!
She'd look awesome with a facial!
Death Cab For Cutie is absolutely horrible, she probably couldn't take all the cry baby wussie talk Ben would whine about. Zooey needs a real man, not a maker of music that makes you want to put a plastic bag over your head and jump off a bridge.
And a tiny bit of every Hipster's soul...DIES!!!!!!!!!
Good for her! He's a gross wimp and she is adorable and popular. She can have anyone she wants.
not what i heard...i heard she walked in on him while he was doing a split,naked
Hopefully this gets Ben back to sitting indoors brooding in Seattle where he seems to write his best songs.
The trouble with these marriages in hollywood is that they think that somebody cares.
Hoorraaaayyy !!!!!!!!!! Pretty UGLY couple. Hope they didn't have any kids.
He must have seen her horrible new show on Fox.
He just realized that she can't sing. Nor act. Nor.....
Zooey's out thee again. Hmmnn, interesting!
As the saying goes, No matter how beautiful she may be, there's always a guy somewhere who's glad to be rid of her...
Why would anyone in their right mind break up with this goddess? And I'm willing to bet, based on her thick eyebrows and full, fluffy luscious hair, that she has a great natural full dark, velvet soft bush downstairs – she is French after all. Nothing hotter than that. So tired of girls shaving & waxing.
yeah, I'm sure these nobodies really want their split paraded all over CNN – I think the world would rather hear that I am out of the closet and would never have impregnated that girl – girls EWWWW
I am with texansblow he could not be more right. gums anyone.
"Who the hell are they?" Well people....since you're on the INTERNET, you can look it up in about 10 seconds. Wikipedia is a good basic source if you are completely unsure about where to start.
One has been a famous singer for a long time, the other has been a famous actress for a long time (maybe you saw "Elf" with Will Ferrell) - and has a side-job as a singer in a duo.
Okay, maybe famous is too strong a word.... How about "famous" or " well known in their home towns" instead??
If I could only sell my screenplay and make my way out there. Darn, darn, darn.
"Want to know why a regular person would be interested in famous folk's affairs".... Celebrity weddings and divorces have always been interesting to people since there have been celebrities. We identify with our favorite entertainers and are somewhat interested in what makes them tick and how their lives are going.
I like Ben and I have always enjoyed Zooey's work in movies and now TV. My guess is that they're super-busy in their professional lives and didn't have time to cultivate their own relationship - and this is the basis for Zooey's comments.
So you're reading an entertainment article.
Now the big question is, who the hell are they??
Good. Now, she's all mine.
Okay so she's cute, but her voice is horrible, men need to hear her with their ears and not take in the eye candy and proclaim her a great singer.
She has a nice voice, perhaps listen with less jealousy.
Her voice is beautiful; totally bluesy and unique. And I'm a woman. You may not be into it but it isn't fair to assume people only like her because she's gorgeous.
Get that monster ring back!
raise your standards....3 karats is tiny....ESPECIALLY if you are the lead singer of a band that people outside of your own town and home bar have heard of....
WORST ACTRESS EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't know either, I just want to know why a regular person would be interested in famous folk's affairs (relationships). I could care less!
I love all the people on here who say "who are they?" and "who cares?" Why did you even respond to the article....just like to see your comments on here?
I say best of luck to them both – marriage doesn't always work but it's good to see that they are being civil and working together on this – she is simply adorable and the guys are right here....she really does have amazing eyes! Love her show and commercials! It's also cute to see all the guys lining up here to get a date! 🙂 Good luck, fellas!
I didn't have a clue as to who these two are and now that I know I could still care less
I bet the last movie you saw was Full Metal JAcket.
I think i speak for all men when i say:
Why, do you think you'll get a chance now??? LOL
Sheesh, I do not blame her, poor girl, I'd run far far away from him too, he's fugly as sin.
I love when celebrities tell us how to run our lives. It's almost as touching as Obama's humanitarian wars in Africa.
Work on your analogies. They don't match well and then if it is humor or effect that you are going for, both are lost.
She can be the New Girl at my apartment then, too?
She is super hot I am glad she left that dork from the crap band.
She's a boring zombie as an actress, unlike her sister.
yes so she is available!!!!
Call me Zooey! You're the most beautiful woman with the most beautiful eyes.
She has the most amazing eyes.
Not to be a jerk, because it's sad for them... But I now have high hopes that the next Death Cab album will be better than Codes and Keys.
ME TOO! Codes and Keys was terrible.
I don't know who either of these people are.
Edward, maybe you shouldn't be visiting this website.
"there wasn't caused by a third party." wow! it's such a short article there is no excuse for such poor writing! maybe: there wasn't cause by a third party. Or maybe: it wasn't caused by a third party.
I suggest you read article again. It states: "the split was amicable and mutual, and wasn't caused by a third party." So you see, there's nothing wrong with the writer, it's YOU who has the prioblem.
@Mr Lucky: It's fairly common for websites to post an article before catching all the typos, and then edit the article post-release. That's probably what happened. No need for snark.
Who and who?
Bob, maybe you shouldn't be visiting this website.
I heard it was because he consumed a lot of penis
SO this means I have a shot right? Okay not a very good shot, but a shot......
Maybe Gibbard will start writing good music again, now. . . but I doubt it.
I love them both and wish them the best. Is it wrong that I'm looking forward to the return of the brooding Ben? DCFC CD's haven't been the same these last few years.
Yay! Marry me Zooey!!!!
I split my pants. Anything...?
I call dibs. On her, I mean.
the Girl of my dreams is Single 😀
See you guys. Got to move in on that fine ***.
I hope this brings back The Postal Service...
I'm with you, this 'email' thing is overrated...
One can hope 🙂
This is not bad news for many of us 🙂
Yeah, wohoo! This girl is gorgeous. Now, if I only had her number..
Sorry pal, but Im sure even if you had her number it wouldnt help...
.....and what exactly would you do with that number......?
Well, guys, you never know...I'm the charming type, you know...
Why did you write this article? Who cares about these entertainment SLUGS except you? Are you hero and heroine worshipping? Go get a life!
Dear Ed Sr.
If you care so little for them, then why did you read it.
Get a Life......or go pack back to sitting on your porch and yelling "Get off my lawn" at the kids.
I'm with johnross1968 on this one ED, why take the time to spew such venom, if you don't care just take a pass and move on. That takes far less effort than fronting the band "I Hate Everything & Everybody"
Your hostile opinion of the article and its content shows that its very obvious that no one could care more about this article then you. It can be read by others and thought about for a moment but it has brought out an emotional responce in you that proves that it is much more significant to you then you would like to admit. I hope you enjoy reading my very long run on sentence.. LOL
It's called having a job, and doing it, dumba$s. The person that wrote this is a professional WRITER it is what they do.
you read the article knuckle head and then complained!!! loser!!!
Huge fan of both for many years. DCFC Plans album will remain a Top 5 for life. Wish them the best.
What kind of moron goes onto an ENTERTAINMENT site, reads an ENTERTAINMENT article and then complains about reading thing related to people in the ENTERTAINMENT industry?
Wow, complaining about an entertainment article on the entertainment page. Are you also the guy who said "Keep your government hands off my Medicare"?
You care enough to comment on the article. If you don't want to read an Entertainment article, stay out of the Entertainment section. Geeze.
It's a little late, but I call troll.
Poor Ed Sr of Dallas Tx. Our dear Ed can barely sleep at night knowing there are still people out there who are not exactly like him; who do things he doesn't do; who feel emotions it makes him uncomfortable to feel; who like things he doesn't like; who read books and watch TV shows and listen to music; who enjoy things he doesn't enjoy; who, in short, are not him.
That is why Ed Sr of Dallas Tx took the time to comment on this article. Not because he only likes news about politics and car crashes and not-hims getting in trouble for being not-him, but because he wants to make sure all of the not-hims who came here to read about not-him things know how stupid they are for being not-him. Because being him is great. He has a great job. He has a great house. He has lots of great things in his great house. He loves to go to his great job so he can buy more great things for his great house. Sometimes he stands on his front porch and shouts "get a life" at his dumb not-him neighbors as they speed away in their dumb not-him car on their way to see a dumb not-him movie or go on a dumb not-him vacation. When they're out of sight, he goes back inside his great house and looks at his paint chip collection. As he notes the subtle and intriguing differences between "bone white" and "eggshell" and the lovely contrast they make when placed next to "sugar," he gives himself a mental pat on the back because this proves that HE, at least, has a life.
i liked their music i hope she keeps singing
Interesting. She goes on and talks about how it should work and how it can work, but they're getting a divorce? Doesn't make sense...
who are they, i never heard of either of them
Sounds to me like she hit the big time, and wanted to move on to bigger, and richer men.
Who are these clowns – never heard of 'em? Could not possibly care less.