Rachel McAdams & Michael Sheen broke up after two and a half years together

Pack it in you guys. True love is canceled! Every cute couple in Hollywood is breaking up. Yesterday it was Michelle Williams and Jason Segel, and now Us Weekly provides us with the double whammy – Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen are over too. BOO. Rachel and Michael have been together since the Toronto Film Festival in 2010 – that was when they were first seen together, looking couple-y, although they had worked together on Midnight In Paris months earlier. And now they’re over!

Rachel McAdams is back on the market. The actress has ended her real-life romance with Midnight in Paris costar Michael Sheen, a source confirms to Us Weekly. McAdams, 34, and Sheen, 44, took their romance public in October 2010 after meeting on the naturally romantic set of Woody Allen’s film.

“Michael and I didn’t get together while we were filming Midnight in Paris, which I feel strongly about not doing when I’m working. We became quite good friends, which I think is a great way to start,” McAdams told The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine in January 2012. “I felt very blessed to have made a Woody Allen film in Paris together.”

The Vow actress also shared that her most important relationship is good communication. “You need to trust each other and be able to talk to each other and be best friends.”

During her relationship with the British actor, McAdams remained steadfastly devoted to making it work. “Michael and I never spend more than three weeks apart — we rack up a lot of air miles — but you have to be quite adaptable in this business whether you are in a relationship or not,” she told Stella.

The Canadian star’s last serious relationship prior to Sheen was with her Notebook costar Ryan Gosling. The two began dating in 2005 and were briefly engaged, but called it off in 2007. Sheen had an eight-year relationship with actress Kate Beckinsale from 1995 until 2003; the two share daughter Lily, 14.

[From Us Weekly]

Here’s my take/opinion: Michael has an almost pathological resistance to marriage (Kate Beckinsale always said he flat-out refused to marry her), and Rachel is the kind of woman who wants a relationship to follow a traditional course – romance, dating, then marriage. My take is that Rachel got sick of waiting for the ring and she realized he was never going to propose, so she ended things. Maybe that’s not what happened… but it’s my take.

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  1. GiGi says:

    Is there a tear in the hipster cosmic fabric today? All the cool kids are breaking up :(

  2. brin says:

    Your take sounds plausible. I feel bad for Rachel, hope she finds someone who will love & commit.

    • Liv says:

      Nooo! Can’t believe two of my favorite couples broke up!

      And I totally believe it’s because Sheen didn’t want to marry her. What an idiot. She’s a good woman and especially in Hollywood it may be pretty hard to find women like her.

    • curegirl0421 says:

      If that’s the case, I’d advise her to reassess her idea of what “committment” means – it’s not a piece of paper. I realize it’s “traditional” but if they weren’t going to have kids there’s no real reason to get married.

      Now if she wanted kids and he didn’t, well… THAT is a good reason.

      • Barhey says:

        I completely disagree. I’m not that traditional – like if a woman doesn’t choose to take the man’s last name, for instance – but I think that ‘piece of paper’ is a big deal for some women.

        For me, I’d like to get married. It means a lot to me. Rachel may be the same way. No need for her to compromise her values just because he doesn’t believe in it.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        @ Barhey – yes. It’s not “just a piece of paper” to a lot of people. Many actually believe in the sanctity of actual marriage. It’s all in what you value.

      • Belle says:

        I have to disagree as well. No reason she should have to re-evaluate her own values. If she wants to be married, and he’s not into it, then they must not be right for each other.

        Even if she did decide that it was ‘enough’ that they were committed, I don’t think it would work in the long run, as deep down she would still be hoping he would change his mind, and be disappointed and hurt when he didn’t…. and/or resentful. Someone that values marriage usually can’t just ‘reassess’ and change their mind, and shouldn’t have to.

      • Ally8 says:

        I’m gonna piss off a lot of people saying this, but it’s what I believe: the ritual, the piece of paper… it says, I want you to be family. It’s commitment. It says: you can count on me for sure.

        It’s there because, like family, you’ll be at loggerheads some days, but you’ll still have to make it work. You’re not boyfriend/girlfriend or ships passing in the night or that might sail at any moment.

        It’s because it is still such a significant commitment that many people resist it. It’s also why gay people should be legally allowed to marry, because they should be able to form families (legal, official, socially recognized) like anyone else.

        As for Michael, for such a goofy-looking fella, he sure does like fine-boned classically-beautiful young women. I’m guessing he’s going to attempt Amber Heard next?

  3. serena says:

    sigh…this make me a little sad.

  4. allons -y alonso says:

    sad face! I liked them together.

  5. heyu says:

    Such a shame! I liked them together…

    I bet some mcgosling stans are now praying Ryan dump eva asap, so their fav couple can reunite lol

  6. Skipper says:

    That guy got to date Kate beckinsale and Rachel mcadams and refused to seal the deal with either ? He must have a big shwang.

  7. Ms Kay says:

    Gah!.. he was too good for her but at the same time I was glad she was with such an intellectual and witty man, definitely an upgrade in her relationship CV. But then again true he never was into marriage so in the case she was waiting for it, well good on her for not waiting forever.

  8. Skipper says:

    Wait, what kind of suit is that in the last pic? It looks leather

  9. Mia 4S says:

    I’m going back to bed, this is all way too depressing!!

    Just to preempt the crazies: no she is not getting back with Ryan Gosling, get over it.

  10. bns says:

    Aww. I thought they would’ve gotten engaged. It seemed serious between them. Oh well.

  11. Sisi says:

    Sheesh, bad week for celeb relationships :/ don’t these things usually come in threes? who’s next, ryan and eva? (lol)

  12. MooHoo says:

    that’s a lovely picture of her in the white dress. so natural and unposed.
    sorry to hear they broke up.

  13. Miss M says:

    Will Ally ever get back with Noah? :)

  14. lisa2 says:

    They were luckier then most. At least they never had the tabloid talking and printing lies about them. Relationships are hard.

  15. ctkat1 says:

    Between these two and Michelle Williams/Jason Segal, and of course the sonic boom of Will Arnett/Amy Poehler, I don’t know if I even have an adorable celebrity couple to root for.

    Who else is there?

  16. Jegede says:

    I 100% agree with your take Kaiser.
    Rachel was very open in interviews that she was looking forward to marriage and kids.

  17. Miss Kiki says:

    Normally I’d be in up arms at the assumption that she was the one chasing after the ring etc but in this instance I do think that was the case.

  18. kibbles says:

    Definitely saw this one coming. I remember the last post about these two that there were rumors that she wanted him to put a ring on it. As soon as I read about his aversion to marriage, I knew that sooner or later Rachel would end it. I’m glad she didn’t wait any longer. Guys like Sheen will probably never end up married. That’s their choice but I just feel bad for their girlfriends who might be hoping for something more than just a long-term relationship.

  19. Ranunculus says:

    That’s actually sad, they seemed to be one of the few actor couples who were not dating for PR. Not really a fan of her acting – she is choosing increasingly bad projects and is not nearly pushing the envelope enough for me – but damn she looks jaw droppingly cute in that last picture.

  20. lucy2 says:

    That’s sad. I liked them together, but I think your theory sounds likely, and if they want different things, it’s not going to work.

  21. anmelt says:

    The distance must have sucked as well. That, with your take on the marriage thing would probably be a deal breaker for almost any woman.

  22. Sara says:

    Good, she is way too hot and young for him anyway.

  23. L says:


    I do think it was the marriage thing, but good for her for not waiting around for ever. If a guy is clearly not into marriage, you aren’t going to change his mind.

  24. Renato says:

    He probably kept asking her to dress like Regina George, and she freaked!

  25. Terry says:

    I don’t think it had everything to do with getting married. Rachel prefers to spend her down time in Toronto and live there mainly. Michael lives in LA because of his daughter but also he has said he prefers living in london.
    Ryan and Rachel was rumored to have a similar problem. Ryan liked living in LA and Rachel retreats to Toronto.

  26. Chicagogurl17 says:

    I read an interview with him before they were ever together where he said how much he loved his daughter but that he was done having kids. Rachel is 34. Wonder if this is the reason?

  27. Tessa says:

    That last picture is very cool. Rachel always glows.

  28. Madpoe says:

    Sheesh! I waited 6 years for my hubby to propose, can’t imagine giving up on my BBF after 2 1/2 years.

    Oh well, their union surprised me in the first place, just as I was getting use to them together. *heavy sigh* he doesn’t strike me as the wedding bells kinda guy, good boyfriend material tho’.

    • Belle says:

      I can understand being in a relationship that long, if both people are of like mind, and not in a hurry to marry.

      If your BBF makes it clear he does not want marriage and will not marry, still feels that way after 2-3 years… and you know you want to marry… well that seems more of a problem.

  29. oliveo says:

    Is announcing your break-up post- Oscars a PR move? I would’ve thought pre-Oscars would be the time to do it so that the news would be glossed over…

  30. MacScore says:

    Didn’t know they were together – but somehow I’m still sad! Like them both, and like the thought of them together.

  31. Shira says:

    I’m probably gonna get loooooots of hate for this, but hopefully now she’ll find someone who is… more in her league.

  32. vvvoid says:

    I got engaged last night and wake up to news of 2 of my favorite celebrity couples breaking up…sad.

  33. Jackie says:

    Not surprised. I think the marriage issue is what broke them up. Hopefully she finds someone that makes her happy and wants marriage & kids. All I want is for her career to get back on track. She’s wasting so much potential.

  34. Relli says:

    Good for her, if she is not getting what she wants out of the relationship better to cut her loses. I hate to see people lingering in relationships that no longer fulfill them or their needs and desires.

  35. Elceibeno08 says:

    This is beside the point discussed in this post, but I have to say that Rachel does not look good with blonde hair. She looks so beautiful as a brunette. Also, JLaw does not look good with the dark brown hair she just got. Hair color has to complement your complexion.

  36. Suze says:

    If he wants neither marriage nor kids, and she does, they are right to move on and find partners more in tune with their goals.

    They were cute together but that’s not enough.

  37. LadyBird83 says:

    Sad. Don’t expect a man to marry you if he’s anti marriage. You won’t change his mind. He’s not a challenge for you to win.

  38. Lulu says:

    I absolutely agree with your assessment Kaiser. Sheen is an idiot IMO.

  39. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Nooooo! They were so cute together. This bums me out way more than Michelle/Jason – I never bought into that one at all. It’s sad if it’s true about him being a commitment phobe, he’s too old for that to fly for long and not Jack Nicholson enough to pull it off. Sad but good for her for knowing what she wants if that was the case.

  40. GoodCapon says:



  41. Abby says:

    Aw! This and Michelle/Jason–tears!

    Am I the first on this post to hope for a Noah/Allie reunion. PLEASE??? I loved her and Ryan together.

  42. andy says:

    Why did I believe she was dating Michael Shannon?

    I always get Sheen and Shannon mixed up.

  43. kennedy says:

    GOSLING SWOOP IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Gemini08 says:

    They were cute together, though I was secretly happy they split because I love me some Michael Sheen and I like to imagine him as available -lol! I don’t blame her though. She’s 34 and seems like a traditional girl who wants a family and kids. Michael seems like he is done with the kids thing and never wanted marriage. I hope Rachel finds someone who wants what she wants. And Michael really needs to start evaluating who he dates. He seems to go for traditional girls who want those things. He needs to find someone who feels the way he does about marriage, kids, etc.

  45. Mira says:

    Sigh! They were such a very beautiful couple. Better than her with the Gos. What I don’t understand is why insist or expect marriage from someone who is very clear about not wanting to get married? What’s the harm in living together? He was with Kate for eight years and he’s a committed father to their daughter…well, this marriage issue is what we are speculating. There may have been other reasons.

  46. Meanchick says:

    Why bother seriously dating a man who won’t commit?

  47. Alana Fajina says:

    Totes agree Kaiser! I’ve heard that about Michael too, I read that Kate gave Rachel a friendly heads-up about him. (Which would make me love Kate even more, such a classy babe. Sisterhood!) I mean, who wouldn’t want Kate Beckinsale or Rachel McAdams as their wife? I know guys like him who swear they’ll be single for life and I always think; Wow, what a sad existence.

  48. Diana says:

    Noooooooo!!!! I loved them together, booooo. And Michele W and Jason Segel too? what has the world come to?

  49. Nance says:

    I want him to go back with Kate. :)

  50. Tig says:

    I am sad too- I love Michael Sheen, and she just lights up the screen in her movies.

    It is too bad they had the classic “irreconcilable difference”- hope she finds the guy who wants what she wants.

    His daughter with Kate B is the spitting image of him- very cute!

  51. Michele says:

    I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work out. I always liked them as a couple.

  52. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    Yes, though he is attractive, he in many ways seems an unlikely ladies man, yet apparently he is. I mean he is not one of those drop dead gorgeous sexy guys–he very convincingly played a total dweeb on 39 Rock. But hemust be hot nonetheless to grab those girls.

    Still wishing Rachel would go back to brunette and leave that bleached out beat blonde mop behind.

  53. lrm says:

    He’s so saavy, witty and intelligent—this is very sexy to some women…..more so than the heavy drinking and smoking fassbenders, farrells, hardys etc

    Rachel is bright, as well….gorgeous, too, of course. But they made a sexy couple; their attraction is obvious….he’s off beat and unusual; this is very appealing to some.

    i think he’s crazy to let her go, personally….lol But yea, no marriage and kids: he knows his own mind and that’s that.

  54. Andrea says:

    This breakup saddens me too. They seemed pretty solid and happy.

  55. skuddles says:

    She probably dumped him for getting a poodle perm (first pic). That is just one big bowl of wrong Michael!

    Okay Ryan, hop to it – go get your girl!

  56. Loulou says:

    He’s a fool. I’ve never seen a more lovestruck celebrity couple. Ugh so disappointing. What’s with men? Can’t they take love when it’s plainly in front of them? ((((((((((((((Rachel))))))))))))))

  57. Moore says:

    At 34 maybe she wants children.

  58. Patrice says:

    A couple things:
    1. Why is it a “pathological resistance to marriage” just because a man (or woman for that matter) just doesn’t WANT to ever be married and lives their life in a very upfront and honest way about it?? Which leads me to…

    2. If any of this is true, then why on earth and HOW could Rachel or any other woman “get tired of waiting for a ring” when the man has always been very clear with you that he NEVER wants to be a part of a marriage?!? The whole bizarre phenomena of women thinking that they’ll be “the one”, “the one who’s ‘different’ ” or “the one who will change him/his mind” (aka flat out ignoring or disrespecting someone’s feelings in a relationship) is so nuts!! Listen and respect who people are when they tell and show you. Talk about setting us back a few hundred years…Geez.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yeah I completely agree with everything you expressed here-100%, particularly the insinuation that a person is somehow inferior or “broken” for not wanting to get married.

      But giving Rachel (and others in her situation) the benefit of the doubt: maybe she thought that she would be ok with his anti-marriage stance. Maybe she truly believed that she loved him enough to accept his wishes and then things just changed. That type of thing can get really complicated…

      Example: I have a close guy friend who does NOT want kids. He had great parents growing up and I’m sure he’d be a great dad but he simply DOES NOT want them. Many years ago, he married a pretty gal and this issue had been discussed beforehand, numerous times. He was under the impression they were both on the same page about not wanting children but well…long story short-things CHANGED. She changed, he changed…she decided she did in fact want kids and they divorced. I don’t really view either of them as being at fault but that doesn’t change the fact that this would be considered a fundamental problem in a relationship that would be very difficult, if not impossible, to overcome.

      I’m just saying…sometimes it’s not a matter of one person ignoring or disrespecting the other’s wishes-they could both have the best intentions going into it but then things simply CHANGE. It sucks but it happens.

      • Christina says:

        Agree with the above two posts. Not wanting to marry or ‘commit’ is a perfectly valid life choice, provided of course that the man (or woman) is up front about it and isn’t stringing their partner along. So I don’t really get all those people above saying Michael is a ‘fool’ for not wanting to marry Rachel (if of course that is what happened, which is pure speculation on our part). His (presumed) lifestyle preference is no more or less valid than hers: IF she wanted marriage and kids and he didn’t, then they were quite right to split up. Nobody is to blame – it’s just one of those things.

      • mercy says:

        All three of you are right, of course. I do wonder if he will ever regret it, but I suppose that’s better than regretting a marriage.

      • Christina says:

        Any time we make a decision, there’s always the possibility we will regret it at some later stage. That applies to the decision to marry or not marry, or to the decision to have children or not have them. That’s life. You just have to do what seems right to you now, since there’s no way of telling how things will work out in the future.

    • Becky1 says:

      I agree! The majority of people have a tough time understanding that there are some individuals who don’t want to get married. There’s nothing wrong with not wanting to marry or not wanting to have kids as long as you are honest about it with potential partners. It’s okay to make different choices-it doesn’t mean that you are broken or sad. There are a lot of people that are single and don’t have kids that are very happy with their lives.

  59. mimi says:

    I feel for her.

    She is so beautiful and successful and yet she is wasting her time with these guys.

    Look at him. He looks like he needs a shower.

    She certainly can do better and deserves better.

  60. Jenn says:

    Rachel went from Ryan to THIS GUY? WOW!!!!!!

  61. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    She is gorgeous and talented and she can do much, much better IMO.
    (And no I’m not a Sheen hater, I just didn’t care for them as a couple).

  62. ViktoryGin says:

    @ Patrice and Original Kitten, thank you for injecting some creativity into this thread.

    I mean no disrespect by implication, but Instead of this “pathological aversion to marriage” the more interesting question is – what is payhoogical preoccupation with being coupled up?

    It’s astounding to me that we are so hard-wired to gravitate toward relationships that the idea that somecould choose a lifestyle contrary to social expectation is unfathomable to most. This peer-pressure is so strong, that many who are fundamentally unsuited to conventional relationships fall into the trap of buying into the value system of other, and it is nothing short of catastrophic for them.

    Some people need a LOT of psychological and physical space. I am one those people. After years of spiritual growth and self-analysis, I’ve come to the conclusion that I CANNOT conduct my life the way that most do, and that’s spouse and kids. I have an almost neurotic need for privacy and lack the psychological availability to effectively parent a child. I have felt this way since I was a child, and have only recently begun to feel confidently on my less traveled road because of reactions much like some of this thread: people regarding you as defective or daft. It is not an easy road and truly isn’t suitable for most, but that doesn’t make it any less valid.

    I think Michael is this way. He needs to be responsible about communicating his values early if he’s not doing so, and these women need to be responsible for themselves by listening and acting in concert with their own needs.

    • Christina says:


      As I said in a post above, wanting to be all coupled up is no more a ‘good ting’ than wanting to be independent. IF (and we really are only speculating) Michael wanted to remain single and have no more children, and IF Rachel wanted marriage and kids, that only means they wanted different things in life, not that one of them was ‘better’ than the other.

      I also completely agree with you that many, many people just automatically fall into the marriage and kids thing because, well, ‘it’s what you do’. Fact is, not everyone is cut out for such a lifestyle – personally, I’ve known for many years that I do NOT want kids, nor do I want to have a permanent commitment to one person. I don’t think that makes me any more or less ‘mature’ than those of my friends who have gone down the more traditional route. The only ‘mature’ thing is to know yourself, and, as you say, being responsible about communicating that to those in our life who need to know.

    • Jaded says:

      @VikroetGin – totally agree as I have been fighting stereotypes all my life by my refusal to get married and have children. I too need a great deal of ‘space’ and get stressed out if I don’t get it. Having children and a spouse around me all the time is just not the way I’m comfortable – my boyfriend and I live separately and that’s fine by me as I have to have more than the average amount of solitude to keep my emotional equilabrium.

      • Christina says:


        But how can you say ”he’s a fool for letting her go?” Firstly, none of us knows why they split – it could easily have been that she dumped him, not the other way round, and for reasons unrelated to the whole ‘kids and marriage’ thing. Secondly, surely Michael knows what he wants from life? If retaining his independence, and not being tied down to a long-term relationship would make him unhappy, how is he a ‘fool’ for not compromising? I don’t think any of us would expect Rachel to give up on any plans she might have to marry and have children for him, so why should we expect Michael to give up his own life plans for her? This is Hollywood after all, and relationships come and go.

      • mercy says:

        Christina, you’re right, it is Hollywood. I guess I feel like she seems kind of different for Hollywood and will not be easily replaced. But that’s assuming he even wants another serious relationship with an actress. And the same can be said for him, too, actually. I’m sure they’re both doing what is best for themselves, and each other. They made a nice couple, though.

        Jaded, you sound like one of my best friends. She’s completely content with her relationship the way it is (long term, monogamous, but living in separate quarters) and has no desire for marriage and kids. She is, truthfully speaking, one of the happiest people I know.

  63. Izzy says:

    Good. Now Ryan Gosling can get her back, and lose the b!tchface Mendes.

  64. mercy says:

    I like his acting and find him attractive but if he really didn’t want to marry her it’s his loss. She’s beautiful and seems like a really nice person.

  65. Redwillow says:

    If only Robert and Kristen would give this news…

  66. DAFFY says:

    run dont walk Rachel. … its not good to stay in a lingering relationship. too bad for michael sheen

  67. Anna Connolly says:

    Hooray! I’m so glad – nothing against Michael but he was not her equal! :-)

  68. Sad that they’re breaking up, but OMG can Ryan Gosling please break up with Eva Mendes so the world can have Rachel McAdams + Ryan Gosling again??!?! I like Michael Sheen but Rachel + Ryan were the best couple ever! (I’m a big fan of The Notebook, too so I’m a little biased :P )

  69. cupcake says:

    What is so great about him? I do not see it.. He just so goofy looking.. Perhaps because ive never seen any of his movies but.. Yeah I don’t see it..

  70. Marianne says:

    I think they broke up for the same reason. She wanted a marriage (and probably a kid) and he didn’t.

  71. Orley says:

    NO! I loved them together. Michael is such an amazing actor and rachel seems so sweet.

  72. Good_as_Gold says:

    Well if he was never gonna put a ring on Kate B’s, he was never gonna put a ring on Emma S’s. The writing was on the wall, I kinda predicted it. Kate is beyond stunning, flawless, and seems down to earth to boot. Just throw this guy in the ring of fire with Clooney, DiCaprio and co. the aging, life-long committment-phobes!