In Touch: Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson ‘hit a rough patch’ & briefly separated?


The day that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson can’t make it work is the day when love dies completely. We’ll have to pack it in and understand that no marriage works and that no two people can ever be perfect for one another. Thankfully, they haven’t really split up, according to In Touch Weekly. In Touch merely says that Tom and Rita needed a brief break from each other because they were getting on each other’s nerves. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been nearly inseparable during an August getaway at their home on the Greek island of Antiparos. But just weeks prior, things weren’t so rosy. In Touch has exclusively learned that the couple, married for 26 years, temporarily split for a month.

“They hit a rough patch. They were leading separate lives,” a friend exclusively tells In Touch, revealing that for a month, Rita lived alone in their $26 million modern mansion in Pacific Palisades while her husband stayed at a producer pal’s home in tony Malibu Colony before leaving to film his new movie, A Hologram for the King, in Egypt.

“Although they attended social functions and walked their dog together,” a source says of the pair, “they were living in separate residences.”

According to the friend, “they just weren’t seeing eye to eye.” But the couple survived their temporary split by refusing to give up. “Tom and Rita are not just husband and wife, they are best friends. It will take a lot to split this couple up for good.”

When asked about the separation, reps for both stars declined to comment.

[From In Touch Weekly]

I think the “they still walked their dog together” thing is maybe the most bizarre detail. After 26 years, it might just be an empty nest thing. Their kids are grown up and Rita and Tom have to figure out their marriage post-parenting. Thus, the dogs come into play. They need more dogs. Some people just can’t function unless they’re taking care of someone or something. Still, I believe in them. I believe in Tom & Rita. And Kyra Sedgwick & the Bacon. If those couples ever split for good, there’s no hope for any of us.

PS… You know what I love? I love that Rita isn’t Botoxed to hell. That’s so refreshing.


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36 Responses to “In Touch: Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson ‘hit a rough patch’ & briefly separated?”

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  1. tracking says:

    Who knows if it’s true, but all couple go through rough patches (the best-matched couples more rarely perhaps). Nothing weird about that. A little time/space can do wonders.

  2. Zee says:

    They’ve been married for twenty odd years, and I imagine they have a ton invested in the relationship despite their beginnings….I like both of them, but I always wondered why nobody blinked an eye when Tom Hanks straight up admitted in a print interview to cheating on his previous wife (and mother of Colin Hanks) with Rita and leaving her for Rita while Angelina Jolie (who wasn’t even married in her situation) was brutalized by the press. Double standards, sure, but even then I was surprised at how little a deal was made of it.

    • abby says:

      Correct me if I am wrong, but I do not think that Tom was as big of a star as he eventually became when he and the first wife split. Also, the first wife was not a so-called “America’s Sweetheart.” People gloss over it or hardly remember Tom was even married before.

      Nonetheless, ITA.

      As for this story, it’s IT so credibility is lacking.

      • Zee says:

        Yeah, but he mentioned the affair years later in an interview when he was a huge star so I was still surprised…especially because people still go after Julia Roberts, etc. That said I agree with you about the timing and America’s sweetheart thing, and it’s In Touch so I also agree that it’s probably BS with the new story

    • Andrea1 says:

      @Zee +10000000000
      @Abby I agree with you!

    • holly hobby says:

      According to Garry Marshall’s memoir, Tom’s first marriage was falling apart. He mentioned having dinner with them and they just weren’t happy. This was before Rita came into the picture. Relationships end. It’s not like he and the first wife were super happy and someone broke them up. They were probably sticking together for the sake of the kids (guessing, not sure but based on the comments from Garry M, that’s a possibility).

  3. aims says:

    I think it could be an empty nest thing. My husband and I have been together for 17 years and have 3 kids. The kids were doing their thing, so my hubby suggested that we meet up for lunch. I love him deeply, but damn if we had anything to talk about. It’s strange how when you finally have time together after years of not having it, that you look at each other and not know the person.

    • siri says:

      Agree. Over all those years, most of the conversations/discussions between partners focus on the kids, and there is always SOMETHING to talk about in this respect. Then they leave, or do their own thing, and all of a sudden there is some void, and probably also tiredness. You really have to explore your relationship anew, to bring it to a new, and different, level. Some can do that, and some just really part ways.

  4. Birdie says:

    Yup, Rita and Tom, Kyra and Bacon. And to me Celine and her husband and the Obamas.

  5. Francesca says:

    I am happily married, but I would be pretty content to wander around my $26 million dollar home all day then meet up with hubs for an evening stroll and then kiss goodnight!

  6. Blythe says:

    I thought love died when Kim and Kris broke things off.

  7. Lady Macbeth says:

    InTouch doesn’t seem very reliable as a magazine anyway, but after 26 yrs together, I think it is just normal to hit rough patches!

  8. CL says:

    I would have to breathe into a brown paper bag for a bit if they split for good.

    However, we will always have Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward! That couple cannot be messed with now.

  9. Jenns says:

    Split for a month? I’m sure many long-time couples wouldn’t mind a brief split…especially when you have several homes to go to.

    And who knows. Maybe they both needed time to figure out what happened with Chet Haze.

  10. Kiddo says:

    I wonder if THEY released this tidbit because there have been blinds about a ‘really really nice guy’ you would never imagine cheating. The separation angle would make that less stinging. People always guessed Hanks, and I always hoped that wasn’t the case in reading them. Although, yes, I know, blinds can be made up and all, but these were fairly persistent.

  11. don't kill me i'm french says:

    They’re in holidays together( doing paddle) this week in french tabloids

  12. Adrien says:

    I believe that “rough patch” was Chet Haze.

  13. Francis says:

    There were Rumours around LA for years ,of possible problems, but Tom H. Was considered untouchable, none of the Hollywood entertainment-press wanted to go there.
    I like them both and hope they have worked things out.

  14. kri says:

    who is Chet Haze? Isn’t that a pr0n star? 26 yrs. is a long time to put up with someone. Partnership, kids, life-I get it. couldn’t even put up w/ ex for 6 yrs. so hats off to Tom and Rita.

  15. Harper says:

    I remember having that same horrified “If they can’t make it, no one can!” reaction when Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman announced their split. So glad both of these couples have apparently worked things out!

  16. Sal says:

    Tom Hanks is my favourite male movie star. I still watch The ‘Burbs regularly and can recite most of the lines off by heart. As well as owning The ‘Burbs DVD, I have Turner and Hooch, Philadelphia, and a couple of others. He is a funny man and seems a very sweet man in his private life. He can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve never really followed Rita, only saw her in Runaway Bride. But if Hanks picked her for his wife, she must be a good woman. IF this is true, its good that they take their vows seriously and work at it, because marriage IS hard work. Being best friends is the most important ingredient and it looks like they’ll be fine.

  17. lucy2 says:

    Hope it’s not true, or if so, they’re good now. That’s a long time to be married, plus I think they work together on the producing side, so maybe a little me-time was needed.

    Kyra and Kevin would break my heart.

  18. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Rita Wilson is a great actress – not utilized as much as she could be – the movie where she played the dizzy forgetful parent was priceless. Also she looks very similar to Lauren Graham – would be interesting to see them in a project together.

  19. Peach says:

    I’ve read rumors that Tom had an extramarital relationship with Ginny Goodwin for years before she settled down with Josh Dallas. Rumor was she had expected he’d eventually leave Rita but finally gave up and moved on. Hope it’s not true but you never know.

  20. Ally8 says:

    Listen, menopause makes you nuts (it’s a hormonal change, like the teenage years), but men also go through a “change” around that age, and get super inane and annoying for a while. I’ve heard this from all my older relatives.

    The walking the dog thing makes me think they still liked each other; they just needed to see less of each other (not all day long) for a while.