Zooey Deschanel and husband Ben Gibbard split
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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  1. Polly Prissypants

    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

    November 4, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. JerseyDevil

    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.

    November 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ananda

    It'll be a lot easier for him to eat now, if he doesn't have to keep up with her diet.

    November 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MinnesotaJeff

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Remus Tucker

    FINALLY! I have a shot at marrying one of the most amazing women in the world. http://www.remustucker.com

    November 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MinnesotaJeff

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hare47

    I never heard of either of those two. Why does CNN.COM waste space reporting on some as inconsequential as those two?

    November 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. duh

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    Famous people should never get married. It works about 0.02% of the time.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LostintheDesert

    Yay, I have a chance again. Will you go out with me Zooey? hehe....

    November 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AlongTheWay

    Whoooo? And who? Next topic.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sniffit


    November 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. J0nx

    I'm a huge fan of pale skinned women with dark hair and blue eyes. She is so ridiculously cute.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joeschmoe47


    November 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  16. That's What's Up

    She would look just lovely with my penis on her cheek

    November 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Anonymous Lurker

    Did the split have anything to do with his awful haircut? Just sayin'.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Hooligan


    not that any of us have a shot in hell but it's still a nice thought

    November 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  19. suphomes

    As a big DCFC fan this makes me sad for Ben Gibbard.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Grandpa

    good for them, whoever they are... Join the club with karTrashian, and the other bums.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. jerem

    im a pterodactyl. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwh

    November 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  22. John


    November 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Nat Turner

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ben Gibbard

    I loved to play with her t i t t i e s and will probably make a cool song about them & her bush.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  25. jon

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Truth

    I guess the Death Cab guy couldn't stand her horrible show New Girl either.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Stuart

    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)

    November 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  28. stepasidesue

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      I think I'll invest in hippy guided rubber bullets.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      something tells me that articles about what is going on in Oakland don't belong in the entertainment sections

      November 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Ras

    So what I'm hearing is: I have a chance with Zooey!

    November 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  30. fixingstupid


    November 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Quagmire

    She'd look awesome with a facial!

    November 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jimbo

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Esox

    And a tiny bit of every Hipster's soul...DIES!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  34. MichaelOregon

    Good for her! He's a gross wimp and she is adorable and popular. She can have anyone she wants.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  35. sumthin-under-u

    not what i heard...i heard she walked in on him while he was doing a split,naked

    November 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  36. yes

    Hopefully this gets Ben back to sitting indoors brooding in Seattle where he seems to write his best songs.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  37. chet

    The trouble with these marriages in hollywood is that they think that somebody cares.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Thenextstep

    Hoorraaaayyy !!!!!!!!!! Pretty UGLY couple. Hope they didn't have any kids.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  39. mo

    He must have seen her horrible new show on Fox.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Tao

    He just realized that she can't sing. Nor act. Nor.....

    November 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  41. matken

    Zooey's out thee again. Hmmnn, interesting!

    November 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  42. NotMe

    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...

    November 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Nick

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Skipper


    November 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Justin Bieber

    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

    November 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  46. John Mason

    I am with texansblow he could not be more right. gums anyone.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  47. MinnesotaJeff

    "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.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doctor Evil

      Okay, maybe famous is too strong a word.... How about "famous" or " well known in their home towns" instead??

      November 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  48. ZooLover

    If I could only sell my screenplay and make my way out there. Darn, darn, darn.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  49. MinnesotaJeff

    "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.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Steve

    Wow......so what?

    November 2, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  51. Joe

    Now the big question is, who the hell are they??

    November 2, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  52. iMeta-P

    Good. Now, she's all mine.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  53. betty

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      She has a nice voice, perhaps listen with less jealousy.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhiannon

      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.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Havok

      Jealous much?

      November 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  54. BeerBrewerDan

    Get that monster ring back!

    November 2, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Loki

      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....

      November 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  55. alex

    WORST ACTRESS EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  56. Bill

    Who cares?

    November 2, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  57. V. P.

    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!

    November 2, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Misty81

      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!

      November 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  58. oldmanrick

    I didn't have a clue as to who these two are and now that I know I could still care less

    November 2, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  59. Snoopy

    I think i speak for all men when i say:


    November 2, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  60. Honest Alice

    Sheesh, I do not blame her, poor girl, I'd run far far away from him too, he's fugly as sin.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  61. dudu

    I love when celebrities tell us how to run our lives. It's almost as touching as Obama's humanitarian wars in Africa.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Geoz

      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.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Harry Ballsachs

    She can be the New Girl at my apartment then, too?

    November 2, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  63. the_dude

    She is super hot I am glad she left that dork from the crap band.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  64. Geoz

    Zooey. mmmm-mmmmm.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  65. Richard

    She's a boring zombie as an actress, unlike her sister.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  66. pedro

    yes so she is available!!!!

    November 2, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  67. Tony

    Call me Zooey! You're the most beautiful woman with the most beautiful eyes.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  68. TWM

    She has the most amazing eyes.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  69. Adam

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  70. Edwardwoltin

    I don't know who either of these people are.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  71. gah

    "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.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Lucky

      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.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • trisha

      @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.

      November 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  72. BobZemko

    Who and who?

    November 2, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  73. Sickenly

    I heard it was because he consumed a lot of penis

    November 2, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  74. James

    SO this means I have a shot right? Okay not a very good shot, but a shot......

    November 2, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  75. jjid

    Maybe Gibbard will start writing good music again, now. . . but I doubt it.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  76. thebarkingcat

    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.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  77. I Love You Zooey

    Yay! Marry me Zooey!!!!

    November 2, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  78. citizenUSA

    I split my pants. Anything...?

    November 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  79. Uncle Owen

    I call dibs. On her, I mean.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  80. peacenic

    the Girl of my dreams is Single 😀

    November 2, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  81. shyboy69

    See you guys. Got to move in on that fine ***.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  82. dan

    I hope this brings back The Postal Service...

    November 2, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  83. Patrick

    This is not bad news for many of us 🙂

    November 2, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  84. One Day

    Yeah, wohoo! This girl is gorgeous. Now, if I only had her number..

    November 2, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  85. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    Why did you write this article? Who cares about these entertainment SLUGS except you? Are you hero and heroine worshipping? Go get a life!

    November 2, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • John Ross

      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.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • The Townz

      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"

      November 2, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      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

      November 2, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      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.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • stig

      you read the article knuckle head and then complained!!! loser!!!

      November 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Huge fan of both for many years. DCFC Plans album will remain a Top 5 for life. Wish them the best.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      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?

      November 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic

      Wow, complaining about an entertainment article on the entertainment page. Are you also the guy who said "Keep your government hands off my Medicare"?

      November 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Havok

      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.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Therewolf

      It's a little late, but I call troll.

      November 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • xxsevensxx

      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.

      November 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  86. michael

    i liked their music i hope she keeps singing

    November 2, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobbie

      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...

      November 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |


      November 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • marc2724

      who are they, i never heard of either of them

      November 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Ludwig

      Sounds to me like she hit the big time, and wanted to move on to bigger, and richer men.

      November 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Who are these clowns – never heard of 'em? Could not possibly care less.

      November 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |

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