Laura Dern & Ben Harper are attempting to reconcile


Back in October, Ben Harper very publicly dumped Laura Dern – he filed for divorce, claiming that they had been separated for months (when they had just recently been on vacation). Team Dern fought back, claiming that they weren’t separated, and that the filing had left Dern “stunned”. Now, barely two months later, it looks like Ben and Laura are attempting to bury the hatchet. Radar reports that they’ve been spending time together, and that Ben has even invited Laura to come with him to Paris:

Just two months ago, Ben Harper filed for divorce from Laura Dern citing irreconcilable differences, but now has exclusively learned that the pair is trying to work out their differences and get their marriage back on track.

“It looks like they’re trying to work this out,” a source exclusively told
“Ben’s been coming to the house and showing signs he really wants to reconcile.”

The couple’s sudden split stunned friends as the divorce filing came just three weeks after the couple and their two children traveled to Hawaii for the wedding of their close friend Pearl Jam frontman, Eddie Vedder to model Jill McCormick. The Dern-Harper family joined other celebrities including Jack Johnson and Sean Penn for an almost week-long celebration in Honolulu.

“Harper filed for divorce without giving Laura any notice, the filing came as a complete surprise to her,” explained our source.

The pair had been married for almost five years and had been described as the picture of happiness. In court documents filed in Los Angeles, Harper is seeking joint custody of the couple’s two children, son Ellery, 9, and daughter Jaya ,6, and is asking the court not to award spousal support to Dern.

In mid-November, obtained exclusive photos of the couple enjoying a beautiful Sunday at the Brentwood Country Mart with their children. At that point, the two seemed to already be making amends but now they seem to be getting even closer.

“Ben has even asked Laura to come to Paris, France to visit him while he was touring with ‘Fist Full Of Mercy’.”

If all goes well for Harper, the singer/songwriter and musician might just be writing more love songs.

[From Radar]

Maybe I’m an old softie (I’m not really), but I do think it’s nice when a couple with children gives it another go. However, I’m still completely bewildered as to how Ben could have so publicly tried to dump Laura, making it look like he was the injured party and that she had done something wrong. And then he takes her back…? I would love to know that backstory, I really would. If anyone has any good theory/gossip, please let me know.



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Jackson says:

    No theory on it, but he seems like a tool. If it’s really best for their kids and LD then I hope it works out. If not, kick him to the curb and move on, Laura.

  2. bite me says:

    good for them :D

  3. Po says:

    Well I’m definitely not a softie and I think he had someone on the side and that fell through so now he’s coming back to her. This is just an opinion but I don’t believe that a man goes through all of the trouble of breaking up with a women and then making it clear that he did the breaking up just to be alone.

  4. brin says:

    @Jackson….I agree, for the kid’s sake, get it together.

  5. Green Is Good says:

    Apparently Ben talked to his lawyers and they told him it was “cheaper to keep her”.

    He’s an epic jackass. Trying to eff over the mother of his children. Tool.

  6. bubbles says:

    this is not good news. she is just atrocious … look at that mug. ugh!

  7. candy says:

    He did some sowing and now wants his family back. It’s the right thing to do. And it probably was going to cost him a pretty penny. Why would he not want to pay alimony when Laura has put her career on hold to provide him with a family? He is a tool. Kinda sucks because I like his music.

  8. Riley says:

    She must have very low self esteem when it comes to men to go back to him. Of course when you have shared experiences with another person, not to mention children, it is sometimes often difficult to walk away. Ben Harper is like a low rent Lenny Kravitz and at this stage in his career, Lenny Kravitz is pretty low rent. Laura Dern could probably do a lot better than Ben Harper but who knows. She probably has a streak of bat sh*t crazy running through her veins.

  9. clare says:

    How could she ever trust him again?

  10. crab says:

    @ Po, I thought the same exact thing!

  11. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    I think that you should try to make it work if there are children. If you can, you have to put them first, not yourself.

    Lets hope they can do that.

  12. Sunnyjyl says:

    My theory is she wasn’t subjugating herself enough, and he filed for divorce to scare her into staying in line.

  13. Liana says:

    Fistful of Mercy is cutting their European tour short due to “personal reaons” on the part of one of the members. Now, I know it’s not Joseph (Arthur – he’s a friend) and I’m pretty sure it’s not Dhani (Harrison)… that leaves Ben.

    But he can’t be inviting her to his shows in Paris – they’ve been cancelled. The only shows going down right now are Milan and Modena.

  14. Solveig says:

    How is it possible for a woman to become reconciled with a man who – obviously – has left her for another woman?
    Ok, maybe it’s for the sake of their children, etc…
    I woulnd’t be able to act like that, tho.
    But maybe he’s not a douche… you know, it’s hard to believe that a man who writes a song like this

    is a douche.

    Ps: I’d love to see him in HGF, along with Francisco Randez.

  15. mln76 says:

    People say it’s good to stay together for the kids. I say it’s more important that you are respectful of the parent of your child whether or not you stay together. I hope they are working on treating eachother well and not putting their family through a melodramatic rollercoster.
    @Solveig you know how they got together right? BOTH of them are pretty heinous.(I am a BH fan)

  16. Solveig says:

    Um, really? I’m not well informed, actually…
    If both of them are heinous*, well, no harm done. They deserve each other.

    *I’ve learned a new word today!

  17. mln76 says:

    @Solveig Ben’s first marraige ended while his wife was pregnant after Laura announced her own pregnancy.

  18. The_Porscha says:

    Well, that didn’t take long, did it? I wonder what Ben’s doing to make up for his Epic Douchery. Isn’t this pretty much the exact same thing he did to his first wife (with Laura Dern, no less)? When will people learn…

  19. lrm says:

    man, why are all the talented ones such idiots? i love his music—at least lenny kravitz is single and keeps his business to himself…
    i wish i didnt know so much about these celebs now a days….i just want to enjoy their work. [pauses...wonders why she's reading a gossip blog...hmmm...]

  20. Jackson says:

    Well snap. I didn’t know those two got together under those circumstances. Ugh. What goes around comes around I guess. I hope whatever happens is in the best interest of the kids then.

  21. I Choose Me says:

    I have no idea what happened between them but I can’t help thinking that this divorce wasn’t quite out of left field as she likes to pretend. She was also ‘stunned’ when Billy Bob who she was NOT married to, left her for someone else. I always wondered why a woman who’d suffered such a betrayal would then turn around and hook up with a married man whose wife was also pregnant at the time. I don’t like this woman at all.

  22. Sakyiwaa says:

    oh, the men in her life always leave Laura Dern “stunned” and “surprised”. yep, every single time, she’s “stunned” and “surprised”. looks like her head is constantly in the clouds. she needs to figure how not to keep getting “stunned” and “surprised” by the men in her life…for all their worth.
    hope it works out for the kids’ sake.

  23. nnn says:


    I doubt Laura Dern can do better.

    I mean this is the woman who had an affair with BBT when he was married with kids to his fourth wife, harrassing him to divorce and quit his family so that they could get married.

    He eventually divorced then was lukewarm to marry someone who kept harrassing him to tie the knot, then he moved on and she got even when months later he gave to another one, Jolie what she had fought so hard for…years. BBT always said they he dumped her months before he met Jolie but she kept on harrassing him to give it another try. She is a stalker.

    Then we heard months later that she got her grip on another married man with family, a man whose wife was pregnant and in order not to repeat the same mistake and let him slip away from her like she did with BBT, trapped him right away and got pregnant too.

    Harper became the father of two children, one from his wife, one from his mistress Laura Dern within a period of two or three months apart while still livi,ng with his wife, while still not separated from his wife, with Laura Dern the mistress with his love child.

    He divorced and marry Dern later.

    So Dern is just experiencing her OWN way of life, but this time she has the ‘other’ role.

    I personnally don’t like this woman, she strikes me as oozing that agressive grip, like fatal attraction kinda grip. She preys agressively men who are not necessary so much into her. she coercise them through constant harrassment and trapping. I don’t like this kind of people, men or women.

  24. Alexa says:

    I feel sorry for her. I’ve let myself get involved with someone, make sacrifices for the sake of our “relationship” – just to have them abuse me when I’m most vulnerable! It’s hard when you’ve invested so much in your “family” to just start over. Especially when you’ve got kids, you’re getting older, and you’ve already been through this $hit before. It’s hard to pick yourself up…AGAIN! Some of us are worse for the wear.

  25. Lady LaLa says:

    What goes around comes around…..

  26. slymm27 says:

    lol! He is going to dump her again for the hot blonde. Silly woman.

  27. Bitter fruit says:

    She looks old enough to be his mommy

  28. coucou says:

    I don’t know why this guy is married, i saw him go to his hotel room with a different model every night…these skinny ho’s are just standing in line to sleep with him, it was so weird to witness. I mean, i saw that movie “Rock Star,” but didn’t know it was really like that, until i saw it first hand. I could’ve stood in line, too, but, eww, who wants to be one of hundreds waiting in a line?

    What i’m not sure of is whether or not Laura knows about it? Or if she even cares? She’s got a reputation man, spoiled rotten vapid biyatch. Maybe they’re good for each other.

  29. Reynaldo Vandamme says:

    Nine GERMANY you are just sick!You started an argument just for the sake of it.As scot said , you just wanted to abuse Russians.