Josh Brolin & Diane Lane divorcing after 8 years together: shocking?

Can something be a surprise and yet… you were expecting it somehow? That is the mix of reactions I’m experiencing at this news: Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are divorcing after eight years together. It was just this New Year’s when Josh was arrested for public intoxication, and the tabloids have claimed several times this year that Diane and Josh were on the outs. Looks like the tabs were right!

Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are going their separate ways. A little more than eight years after they tied the knot, the Cinema Verite actress, 48, and her Gangster Squad actor husband, 45, have split, reps for the couple tell Us Weekly exclusively.

“Diane Lane and Josh Brolin have decided to end their marriage,” the reps tell Us. Adds an insider: “It was a mutual decision. It is very amicable. It’s not ugly, it’s just over.”

The spouses, who married in August 2004, split a couple of months ago. They have no children together.

This will be the second divorce for both stars. Lane was previously wed to actor Christopher Lambert from 1988 to 1994 — the same years in which Brolin was married to actress Alice Adair, with whom he has two kids, Trevor, 24, and Eden, 18.

Both Oscar-nominated, Brolin and Lane enjoyed some happy times together. Speaking about his wife in 2010, the actor said, “I mean, check her out, man. My relationship with my wife is fantastic.”

[From Us Weekly]

Diane has a daughter from her marriage to Christopher Lambert as well. I know some of you will bring up the domestic violence rumors and how maybe this news means that Diane has finally stood up for herself… but I don’t know. Diane has always maintained that Josh was not physically abusive, although if you told me he was a moody, nasty alcoholic bastard, I wouldn’t be shocked. Hopefully this divorce will be drama-free. *fingers crossed*

UPDATE: Gossip Cop confirmed the split with their reps, so this is official.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. Dawn says:

    I am not surprised by this news at all. I hope they can keep it civil too and I think they will. I still find her to be just beautiful and aging so well.

  2. Talie says:

    Well, wasn’t he just arrested for fighting or public drunkenness? If he was a young starlet, TMZ would be crying for rehab.

  3. skuddles says:

    No, not even remotely shocking. Good for Diane – she can do SO much better!

  4. L says:

    Not surprised-he seems like a emotional time bomb.

    Overall though, Diane’s done a pretty good job of being normal after being a child star.

  5. Ms Kay says:

    Three words : about damn time!!!

  6. DGO says:

    I’m surprised they lasted this long.

  7. Post-It's says:

    I’m only surprised it took so long.

  8. Jayna says:

    Alcoholics are tough to live with. I couldn’t do it.

  9. MaiGirl says:

    I love Diane Lane’s acting so much, and she is one of the few untweaked older actresses that I can still look up to as sexy bitches. I pray that she doesn’t join the botoxic Alien Nation! She can and will do better. Josh has philanderer-face.

  10. insomniac says:

    Haven’t there been cheating rumors about them forever, or am I thinking of another couple?

  11. V. says:

    Diane is the sexiest lady in Hollywood! I love her, her grace on the screen, her vulnerability in her roles. Josh get it together you lost one of the great ones! And Christoher Lambert???? What was she thinking, yuck!

  12. RobN says:

    They were always one of those weird “what’s she doing with him?” couples. I can’t say I’m particularly surprised. She ought to try somebody with a little class next time.

  13. lola lola says:

    She’s much too good for him. He was lucky to have her as long as he did. Onward & upward Diane!

  14. junegorilla says:

    John Taylor ???? Who the hell is John Taylor?

  15. Dani says:

    Not aimed just at their relationship – but it shocks me how easily people just decide they want to get divorced in Hollywood. As if marriage and the meaning behind it doesn’t really mean anything. Little fight? Divorce. Mental issues? Divorce. Hot guys/girls? I need a divorce. Sad.

    • Merritt says:

      To me the big difference is that celebrities are in a better financial position to end things sooner than the average person. If more people had the means then they would possibly follow suit.

      Though to the actual things you describe-

      Little fight: This is subjective. Given that we live in a world where serious issues are minimized. Your idea of a “little fight” may be a huge deal. Some people ( not saying you in particular) characterize emotional abuse as just a “little fight”.

      Mental issues: what do you mean by that?
      Quite frankly dealing with someone everyday who has mental illness or an addition is not a small thing. It can make the life of the non ill non addicted one a living hell.

      Hot girls/guys: I would rather be divorced or broken up with than deal with a cheater or roving eye.

      As far as Lane and Brolin, I’m surprised it lasted as long as it did. There were stories about domestic abuse very early on in the marriage. The stories were denied. But his behavior was always sketchy.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        “To me the big difference is that celebrities are in a better financial position to end things sooner than the average person.”

        ^THIS is a huge part of it for sure.

        Dani-I made a similar comment above.
        Honestly, I agree with both of you.
        Merritt’s points are excellent, but I still think people in Hwood take marriage and divorce too lightly, mainly because it’s just too easy for them financially. Plenty of money to spend on as many marriages as they want and plenty of money to afford a divorce, plenty of money to pay for help (maids, nannies etc) to assist with the kids during divorce, etc.

        Regardless, it’s pretty gross.

      • Dani says:

        Merritt – you DO make excellent points, but maybe it’s how I was brought up? My dad suffered leg amputation, near death cancer, heart failure, depression, severe anxiety and many other things, and my mother never once left his side. I should have written something else instead of mental issues, but didn’t to elaborate. By little fights I mean – so many couples fight about so many different things that to one person it could be so little but to someone else so huge, yet that doesn’t mean you should call it quits. Marriage is about compromise and work. By other men/women I mean the temptation to look outside your marriage. You see it more in Hollywood than anywhere – breaking up and divorces because of cheating/someone else. Because for them it’s just so easy to move on, because there’s always something ‘better’ out there.

        The financial argument is true, it’s easier for them to get divorced, but money aside, personally, I would rather work on a marriage than divorce (unless it’s cheating). I agree with Kitten still, it’s disgusting. So many celebrities take advantage of marriage and abuse it then toss it like it’s nothing when there are people out there who are literally forbidden from getting married.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:


        How you were raised makes a huge difference! My dad had health issues as well (seizures, nerve damage, chronic pain) and my mother raising my brother and I on top of it all. She had the financial means to leave, but didn’t. I looked for those same qualities in my husband. 

        That was a generation of people that knew what sacrifice was and good family values. Of course not everyone from that generation was like that, but more were then than are now.

        It’s easy to get married and easy to end it. People with strong family bonds and values are hard to come by.

        All that said I wonder if it was domestic violence of some sort that ended their marriage.

    • fabgrrl says:

      I don’t feel like this is the right entry for what you are saying. There seems to be very good evidence that Brolin was abusive and a cheater. I’d say those are EXCELLENT grounds for a divorce, for anybody.

      • Cazzie says:

        Multiple infidelities and incidents of domestic violence (not to mention the emotional abuse of always having to walk on eggshells in your own home so as not to ‘provoke’ his temper) are absolutely grounds for divorce.

        It sounds like she deserves better, and he needs to grow up.

      • Dani says:

        I did say not aimed at just their relationship. If he hits her or cheats on her she has every right to leave. But I don’t know the facts (neither do you) and I was generalizing Hollywood marriages as opposed to just them.

    • BestJes says:

      Considering the ‘meaning’ behind marriage was just a means to cement and expand rich peoples family fortunes and a means of ownership of women Im not sure why two people who a miserable *should* stay together just because of some contract. Is it really any better or worse if two people who aren’t married separate after 8 years? Do people with a contract really have a relationship more special than defacto couples? Was Britney Spears’ multiple marriages more deep or special than my decade long defacto relationship just because the state provided a bit of paper?

      • Dani says:

        Marriage means different things for different people, it’s not ‘just’ a contract. For religious people marriage means something totally different than to people who marry rich to stay rich. My husband and I were married only by our Rabbi for the first year of our marriage because to us marriage falls in line with our religion and effects how we feel about the institution of marriage. Your relationship means something to you and someones ‘marriage contract’ means something else to them. I’m not taking away from how great your relationship was/is, I don’t doubt that it meant a lot and was better than some marriages. You might not need a ‘contract’ but in my religion (Judaism) marriage means more to us than just being tied to someone. It means being able to start a new chapter in your life as one, because as we see it, we’re one soul divided into two, that becomes one the night we’re married. To me, it’s something in a sense, holy, and unless my husband beats me or cheats on me, I will find a way to make it work even when I feel like all measures have been exhausted, because to ME, marriage is more than just a contract.

  16. Holdin27 says:

    I read an article in Esquire a few months back about Josh Brolin and he’s got a lot of demons from his mom dying so early in his life, they were extremely close. The article struck me as odd because it seemed like he and Diane had two different houses and didn’t see each other too often. He clearly knows his way around a party as well.

  17. valleymiss says:

    Josh Brolin seems like an Angry Drunk to me. Glad Diane’s getting out.

  18. d says:

    Oh, good for her. I wonder if she was finally over it and done. I hope she has some good times now!

  19. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    Anybody ever hear of Postsecret? It’s a website where you anonymously send in secrets on postcards and they post some of them in their website. A while ago when i used to check it out often there was a postcard from a famous person’s wife about how while he was signing autographs and smiling for his fans she was wondering how they ( the fans) would feel if they knew the night before he beat his daughter.
    I’ve always wondered who this was and after hearing about his drinking and alleged abuse towards Dianne, I wonder if could’ve been him? Not saying it is of course just wondering.

  20. StaCat1 says:

    FINALLY. She can do better…way better.

  21. garvels says:

    I never understood this relationship…Diane could have done so much better than this dork.

  22. Elceibeno says:

    Call me crazy if you will but I think that Josh Brolin is an extremely sexy man. Not the best looking but the sexiest.

  23. Kim says:

    So the tabloids are clueless again about a celebrity split.

  24. RHONYC says:

    oh well…she’s still hot. sure she’ll find a young hottie to get bouncy with in no time. moving on… ;-)

  25. truthful says:

    I feel like she was been held against her will, all of these years..I’ve missed seeing her at events and working.

    I’m happy if she is, I love her!

    long time fan HERE

    uhh, yeah, good luck to Josh

  26. Sam says:

    God, why is nobody asking the important question – how is Barbara Steisand gonna take this?! (Diane was her step-daughter-in law).

    I kid, I kid. The rumors about his temper were so rampant, there must be some truth to them.

  27. Tig says:

    I have loved her since she was a child actor- she never gives a bad performance. I wish her better luck with men- after hubbies #1 and 2, she deserves it!

  28. Turtle Dove says:

    he just looks so… aggressive and mean. I would have no doubts that he’s a boozer. I’m glad they’re done. She can do better.

  29. janie says:

    I always thought they were mismatched, but i hate to hear that about anyone. I love her, she is always so elegant and kind.

  30. Moi says:

    I feel as you do, shocked, however expected it somehow. I have a total girl crush on Diane, she’s such a “woman”. Or maybe I feel inspired by her. Either way, love her. I’m sure they had issues, passionate ones it seems like, but I will say that they match each other perfectly aesthetically IMO. She’s so going to find some young guy that’s going to be head over heels in love with her. Not sure why I picture that, but I do. :-)

  31. taxi says:

    I’m surprised she didn’t ditch him after the first time the cops arrested him for battering her. He spent a night in jail but then she declined to prosecute. He’s a big guy & a loose cannon when he drinks. Scary for her & I’m glad they’ve split.

  32. ParisPucker says:

    oh wow. this was a surprise.

  33. Lucy2 says:

    Seemed like a difficult marriage, a split is probably for the best.
    I like her a lot, and they are both talented actors. Hope it is amicable.

  34. Jayna says:

    Liam Neeson and Diane Lane would be such a striking couple. I want to see her with a real man worthy of her, not a boy toy. And she has the intelligence and class that Natasha did.

  35. Wicked says:

    I don’t know; it’s rumored that Bon Jovi’s “You give Love A Bad Name” was written about her after their brief affair and he went running, not walking, back to his high school sweetheart. Josh may be a lot of thigs, but I don’t think the milk is clean where she is concerned either!

  36. hopperlea says:

    There is just something about him thats gets better with age.

  37. jilly says:

    QUESTION: Since they are all living on Barbra Streisand’s property, does this mean that Diane will have to find a place to live? After all, Barbra is married to her husband’s father…

  38. Zooyork says:

    I think they looked hot together.

  39. Oyn says:

    Not surprised. It’s no secret that they are both binge drinkers and he has been accused of being abusive.

  40. BuBu says:

    I personally have had to deal with Josh. He is mean, rude and and abusive to others. Beyond a bully. He is just nasty to people in a very blunt way not knowing he is that abrasive. He has no self awareness. Diane is lucky to get out alive. Emotionally she might need some help to recover from him.

  41. nancypants says:

    Well, this is a mess but not totally unexpected.

    I can’t help but picture SAD Diane Lane in, “Under the Tuscan Sun”.

    I’m sure she’ll be fine.

    Btw, I was sitting in the doctor’s office a few weeks ago flipping through a copy of Mens Journal magazine and right there on the cover was a photo of a pissy Josh Brolin with the headline/copy :

    “Here Comes Trouble

    By Erik Hedegaard, Feb 2013

    Despite the Hollywood pedigree, the A-list wife, the Oscar nomination, Josh Brolin just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Is it bad luck or is he just a self-destructive guy?”

    I think that pretty much sums it up.

  42. Dave says:

    WOO HOO! She’s back on the market. Diane, have your people call my people.

  43. Onyx XV says:

    The only thing shocking about this is how in the heck Josh Brolin managed to snag Diane Lane in the first place. Glad she finally came to her senses – as so many have already posted, she can do SOOO much better than this alcoholic asshat.

  44. R.R says:

    It was about time!
    Now i can see my dream couple togheter:
    They look great

  45. Dina says:

    Well, i have to admit, i’m not surprised at all by this divorce.
    I start paying attention to this couple in 2009, on the Oscars, while they were in the red Carpet, and by seeing this scene,

    i knew right away that Diane Lane was miserable in this marriage.It was painful to watch!
    I dont think she filed for divorce because Josh’s drinking problems, abusive manners or cheating rumours (althought these problems were enough to ask for a divorce). I think she looked at him one day and just came to the conclusion that she wasn’t in love with him anymore. You know your marriage is over when you stop admiring and respecting your partner. End of the story.
    I guess Josh Brolin will continue to drink like hell, and probably go to jail 3 or 4 times this year, in the middle he will bang a lot of young chicks.
    As for Diane, i think she will take a long break on relationships. Hopefully she will find a decent/mature man in a couple of years and forget this crazy marriage.
    By the way, i saw an interview of her, last year, when she did the play Sweet bird of youth, and call me crazy, but in this video from 2:20 to 3:00

    i think she was talking about her relationship with Josh Brolin. It blends perfectly.