Chris Pratt and Anna Faris were one of Hollywood’s most beloved pairings; in August 2017, though, the couple unexpectedly called time on their marriage of eight years. Releasing a joint statement on social media to announce their separation, the duo broke a lot of fans’ hearts with the sad news.
However, even after the announcement was made, neither ex elaborated further on the split – until now. Yes, Faris has broken her silence, and what the actress said seems to reveal a new side to her relationship with the Guardians of the Galaxy star.
Perhaps not many couples in modern-day Hollywood were quite as good together as Pratt and Faris. Separate from their individual achievements in film and TV, the two also came across as quite down-to-earth people. This is a rare quality in their chosen field, and one which was admired by their many fans.
The pair had first met when they both went to read for the comedy movie Take Me Home Tonight in 2007; the Michael Dowse-directed project also had the duo romantically linked for their roles. Pratt and Faris seemingly adopted the method-acting approach to their parts, though, since the on-screen lovers became a real-life couple too.
Then, after dating for a few months, Pratt and Faris got engaged towards the end of 2008. However, during a stay at a hotel on the Indonesian island of Bali in July the following year, the pair found that they couldn’t wait any longer to be married. Noticing on a menu that the hotel did weddings, the betrothed couple gave in to their impulses and got hitched then and there.
After that, the two actors added a supporting boy to their cast; in August 2012 they welcomed their son, Jack, into the world. But their joint production didn’t come without some worrying moments. Jack was a premature birth, and as such the baby spent some time in a neonatal intensive care unit.
Speaking at a March of Dimes Celebration of Babies charity event in 2014, Pratt recalled holding his son while the child was in intensive care. He told the LA audience, “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be, and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.”
For whatever reasons, however, things began to break down in Pratt and Faris’ relationship. This culminated in the Hollywood couple announcing their separation. And to convey the heartbreaking news, they released a joint statement on their split decision.
Shared on Pratt’s Facebook page, the message read, “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.”
The statement rather sweetly went on to say, “We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.” The separation caught some observers by surprise, however, as the two were generally considered to make up one of the industry’s most enduring couples.
But while the Pratt-Faris split seemingly came out of nowhere for many, there has inevitably been some speculation as to why they chose to break up. Some Hollywood watchers believe that the relationship may have been put under strain thanks to the level of stardom Pratt has attained in recent years. The former television actor has become a hot commodity in Tinseltown after having starred in major blockbuster movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014 and Jurassic World in 2015.
Rumors also circulated in 2016 that Pratt was cheating on Faris with Jennifer Lawrence, his co-star in Passengers. But in an interview given to Us Weekly while Pratt and Faris were still together, the female half of the couple admitted that the accusations were hurtful.
While talking to the magazine, Faris admitted, “[The allegation] stung a little bit harder than I thought it would. I had always kind of believed that part of the rumors of celebrity couples were sort of true, because they had never been part of my life. I was like, ‘Oh, maybe there’s a kernel of truth to that.’”
In another very open answer, Faris stated, “It’s been a little devastating because for us, it’s like, ‘What the heck?’ This has been blindsiding to us. We have an incredible relationship. It has been weirdly stinging.” However, besides the joint statement, not much else has been revealed about her and Pratt’s split. Until now, that is…
During an episode of the actress’ podcast Unqualified, the Scary Movie star showed gratitude to her fans for their support. She told them, “Hey, dear listeners, I just want to thank you all so much for all the love I’ve been receiving. And I truly love you.”
The statement made during Faris’ podcast marked the first time that she had spoken publicly since the sad joint announcement. However, the actress apparently made a more spontaneous commentary on the split when a caller asked for relationship advice.
Empathizing with the fan’s dilemma, Faris made a direct reference to her own experience. She said, “I made that mistake, I think, a little bit, like feeling like I’m checking my relationship off the list.” The star went on to add, “And that would be the final piece of advice I could give you… know your worth, know your independence, know that you’re young and there are so many people out there.”
Wise words from the seasoned performer, who seemed to be drawing on personal lessons learned in her relationship with Pratt. However, Faris still made sure to let the caller know that time is precious and one shouldn’t be romantically involved with a person just for the sake of it.
Faris added to the individual, “Life is too short for you to be in relationships where you’re not feeling like this isn’t fully right, or somebody doesn’t have your back, or somebody doesn’t fully value you.” Quite the provocative statement, given that it may be interpreted as a comment on the reason for Faris’ own separation.
Meanwhile, Pratt is still to discuss the couple’s divorce. The Guardians of the Galaxy star attended the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles in August 2017. There, he scooped up the Choice Movie Actor – Sci-Fi award. However, he made no mention of Faris in his acceptance speech.
Furthermore, Tinseltown tittle-tattle has it that both Pratt and Faris are back on the dating scene again. Perhaps, though, because their child will connect the pair for the rest of their lives, the former couple seem to be dealing with the aftermath of their breakup in a relatively civilized manner.
In addition, the actors have also gotten back to what they do best. Pratt has two big movies slated for release in 2018: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Avengers: Infinity War. In the meantime, Faris is returning to her starring role in the smash TV sitcom Mom. So even though fans loved Pratt and Faris together, they can certainly still love them apart.