Enquirer: Sara Gilbert and her partner broke up and are trying to split custody

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Sara Gilbert, 36, has been with her partner, producer/writer Alison Adler, 44, since 2002 and they have two children together: son Levi, six, and daughter Sawyer, who turns three next month. They each gave birth to one of their children: Levi is Alison’s biological child and Sawyer is Sara’s daughter. According to the National Enquirer, these two have sadly broken up due in part to busy work schedules. (I know it’s the Enquirer, but they usually get these stories about lesser celebrities right.) That means that things could get complicated working out custody, since each of their children has just one of them as their biological mother. I can’t figure out if their children have the same biological father, but that probably doesn’t matter at all in this case.

Sara Gilbert and her longtime partner, writer-producer Allison Adler, are splitting due to the demands of their thriving careers, sources say.

“Sara and Ali got so consumed with their work that their relationship crumbled,” and insider told the Enquirer.

“They have two children and were incredibly happy, but their careers got in the way. Ali was just hired as a writer and co-executive producer on the Fox show ‘Glee,’ while all of Sara’s time is taken up by ‘The Talk.’

“They don’t want to split the kids up, bu it’s an unusual situation because each of them is a biological mom,” explained the source. “They’re trying to work out a schedule to share custody.”

Besides their work issues, Ali was also said to be uncomfortable about Sara sharing details of their lives on “The Talk.”

“Neither of them was really in the closet about their sexual orientation, but Ali didn’t care for the fact that their private life was being gabbed about on national TV,” noted the source.

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, July 21, 2011]

I did find a picture of Sara out with who I think must be Alison on 7/2/11. (In the photos with just the two of them.) It looks like she’s the same woman in the photo with their kids (that’s from March, 2010) and she’s wearing the same glasses and everything. So maybe their split came up suddenly, or maybe they’re still together. Those of you who watch “The Talk” might be able to let us know if Sara has talked about her home life much lately.

If this is true hopefully they’ll be able to work it out so their kids can still spend time together. I don’t think they legally have any obligation to do that, and it’s got to be hard on the kids.

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  1. tracking says:

    Often the non-bio mom in a lesbian domestic partnership adopts the child to ensure legal rights. These are savvy ladies; I’d be surprised if they hadn’t done that.

  2. lin234 says:

    At least they are thinking about the children. I doubt they have legal obligation but are going work something out for the children.

  3. 9 out 10 experts recommend says:

    I didn’t know she was gay. Oh, it’s sad though poor kids.

  4. Jezi says:

    I’m sure that they will think of the kids in this situation. The kids are old enough where they will be affected by the separation so I hope they do the right thing and split custody.

  5. embertine says:

    Oh, sadface. I like these ladies and think they were good together. I suppose they had nine years, better than most celebrity relationships.

  6. po says:

    As long as they don’t let fam, friends, and lawyers start buzzing in their ear they should be just fine.

  7. Praise St. Angie! says:

    wow, that’s a tough situation. I hope they’re able to work it out so that everybody, especially the kiddies, are happy.

  8. the original bellaluna says:

    Oh, I hope this isn’t true. If it is true, I hope they’re able to reconcile. If not, I hope they are both diligently working towards a fair custody/visitation agreement.

    This sucks.

  9. Vickyb says:

    Sad situation, so I definitely hope they can work out something positive.

    More to the point, is she wearing socks with flip-flops?!?! I wear flip-flops every day, and I don’t imagine that would be very comfortable!

  10. Jackson says:

    I never watch The Talk but I always liked Sara Gilbert. I would imagine each has adopted their non-bio child, don’t you think? I wish them the best.
    On a side note, I loved the Darlene character on Roseanne. That was a great show, back in the day, and still is in re-runs.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Sara Gilbert had been “out” for years before The Talk. It was not a hidden thing as far as I knew. But she obviously would have been more vocal about it after getting on the show.

  12. Rachael says:

    That’s a bummer, Ali Adler is one of my favorite t.v. writers. I follow her on Twitter and it took me a good year before I realized she was even lesbian, let alone that she and Sara Gilbert were basically married.

  13. Anti-icon says:

    I’m so sorry to hear they split. And yes, their split should be publicly examined in how it is done….because guess what: Sara is a public figure, just like Melissa Ethridge, and we all know what a JERK she turned out to be in the divorce. This is sad. I hope they work through it so that the kids know BOTH MOMs love them equally and forever.

    Tough public breakup.

  14. Very Telling says:

    I watch the Talk I DK when they broke up since Sara was just talking about Ali Monday. Unless they still attend parties together.NE gets things about lesser celebs all the time they claimed NPH and David were having a “Broadway” wedding he says that’s not true

  15. jennifer says:

    do they dress alike on purpose or are they just that “in tune” with each other?

  16. Wif says:

    Friends of mine have the best split situation I’ve ever heard of. They have six kids and neither could afford an additional house of that size, so the kids live in the house, each parent has their own small apartment, and then whoever’s turn it is to be the parent spends that time in the house with the kids. That way the kids get to maintain their stability. If you have good money, like this couple do, I think that would be the way to go.

    When my parents split, I went to live with my mom, and my brother lived with my dad. The relationship between my brother and I never gelled because we didn’t have to live together. My mom always said it was a HUGE mistake. So hopefully they’ll keep those kids together.

  17. Ron says:

    @Jennifer — ok i swear to God, I can get dressed in the morning and come downstairs, and my partner and I are wearing close to the same thing. It happens all the time in my house and alot of the time, we don’t even realize it. We went to restuarant one day and the waitress asked us if it was St. Patricks Day and we looked at each other, and then realized we were both wearing the same color green tshirt. Maybe it’s a long term gay thing.

  18. your mama says:

    @Jennifer and @Ron – my hubby and I sometimes end up wearing similar shirts and outfits too *NOT on purpose and we always laugh about it and joke on who should change. :) Don’t think it’s a gay or straight thing – just in synch.

  19. Hanh says:

    @Ron @Jennifer

    LOL My husband and I don’t dress alike, but I find that I accidently dress my sons like their father and vice versa. Its kind of funny because one time I did that and my husband was holding my baby on the couch he looked down and started laughing. They matched down to the shorts and looked like twins.

  20. rlh says:

    I have friends who went through surrogacy in California because it is one of only two or three states that allow same sex partners on the birth certificate. So, regardless of who gave birth to who they are probably, legally, both considered a parent to each child.

    On another note, I always liked Sara Gilbert. I think she is very talented and I hope she continues to act.

  21. TL says:

    Nah, pretty sure they will go find a guy and make him pay support to both of them. Wait, she is a lesbian? Good for her but I was out of the loop. Now that I think about it, make sense.

  22. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    That little Sawyer is a darling, she looks like she was plucked out of painting. I’ve always liked Sara Gilbert and I hope she and Adler can resolve things are peaceably as can be managed for their own hearts as well those of their kids. Let’s hope no one goes stone cold like Melissa, who’s more deadbeat than downbeat these days, or Tammy, who slowly revealed the truth of her long-standing rivalry with sanity.