Eva Mendes ‘feels terrible’ about her ‘joke’ that ‘sweatpants cause divorce’

Yesterday, Eva Mendes caused a major kerfuffle when she “joked” (not really) during an interview and said “You can’t do sweatpants… ladies, number one cause of divorce in America, sweatpants, no!” Some people were like “What?” And some people were like “Sweatpants cause divorce, says never-married woman.” And some people were like, “Lay off the sweatpants, you turban-loving freak!” Well, Eva heard that her comments caused a controversy, so she posted the above Instagram. In case you can’t see the message, it reads:

Dear favorite pair of sweatpants. I was just kidding when I said you’re the #1 cause of divorce. Everyone knows that orange crocs are the #1 cause of divorce. Either way it was a bad joke and feel terrible if you or anyone thought I was serious. Thanks for understanding sweatpants. Sorry orange crocs.

[From Instagram]

Let’s give her some credit for handling it with some humor, shall we? And yes, orange crocs are a much better target!

But you know what’s really surprising? Ryan Gosling even commented on it on his Twitter too.

Ha, I feel like the Sweatpants Lobby got to them. Big Sweatpants issued their fatwa and within 24 hours, Eva had to retract her statement AND get her baby-daddy to retract too. The Illuminati Sweatpants Conspiracy is upon us.



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  1. mimif says:

    I can’t wait to hear what mark has to say about this.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      That was my first thought too! Because Mark seemed really against women wearing sweatpants

      • mimif says:

        He was obviously joking, Lilacflowers. I mean, like Terry, he’s totally in touch with his feminine side. 😜

    • Bridget says:

      Isn’t that how we should start every day?

    • mark says:

      You all overreact to anything little thing anybody as to say, you need a hobby and need to get out you stress out to much.

      No one is allowed to make innocent jokes without a bunch of humorless robots reacting on the internet. Even though no one here has any problem making fun of alleged gay people and underweight women.

      • mimif says:

        I do need a hobby, good idea. I think I’ll start making anorexic pot holders out of John Travolta’s leftover wiglets.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Where is Mark? I was looking forward to him lecturing us about the Bible and man tears again. While wearing beige booty shorts with a turquoise belt, of course

      • dr mantis toboggan says:

        Mimif we can sell them at my online website, TearsofaHumorlessFeminazi.com. I welcome any product suggestions. Axe body spray scented turbans, anyone?

      • bettyrose says:

        Do you take paypal?

  2. Jenns says:

    People totally overreacted to her comment.

    • mimif says:

      Overreacting to celebrities has become a cottage industry, no?

      • amanda says:

        I truly think the media needs to stop asking celebrities about things that don’t have to do with their ‘art’, be it music or acting or directing.

        There are so many opinions about every single topic in the whole world online, why we need to ask people who are doing other, better things about their private lives is beyond me.

        there are plenty of attractive strangers blogging about their lives, why do we need people like this answering questions like this and then riding it’s wave on social media for days or weeks?

        it’s so lame and such a cheap way to get attention.

      • Bridget says:

        If sites stopped parsing every single quote they’d have nothing left to post other than Kardashians walking places and old People Magazine interviews. And then what would we talk about?

      • mimif says:

        Bridget, we’d stop stressing out, get out more and get hobbies per mark!

      • Bridget says:

        But the sun, it burns!

      • ava7 says:

        I wish she hadn’t apologized. She didn’t need to acknowledge all the stupid “outrage”.

      • jujoki says:

        I know right? Everyone should get over with the fact that RG is with her. I actually like her, and totally agree with the sweatpants comment. Pyjamas yes sweatpants no, there should be some sort of law forbidding them.

    • Isabelle says:

      No joke. A statement outrage that brought out women that like to bash other women.

    • MtnRunner says:

      I thought we had a lot of fun with it here. But it’s my hobby. Don’t tell Mark.

      • mimif says:

        I’m telling mark! Also, my lady of Sourdough, there was an awesome article on adn dot com this morning about a harrowing and exciting episode for 4 of the Iditarod finishers during the last stretch, if you are so inclined. Some great sportsmanship was shown, it is a really neat article.


      • MtnRunner says:

        Thanks mimif! Sourdough has a big, fat grin on her face after reading that. I see the same camaraderie in ultras too, even among the front runners. If someone is doubled over on the side of the trail puking their guts out, folks will stop and offer help to get them to the next aid station. Very cool.

        My friend flew out to Unalakleet to hike out and meet up with her bf and encountered those strong winds too. She’s an adventure cyclist and ultrarunner, so she’s pretty tough and said the hike from Shaktoolik to Little Mountain was crazy slow (took 10 hours to cover 15 miles). Is this the coldest race on record? It’s a miracle if anyone is finishing without something frostbitten.

      • mimif says:

        I think I remember reading earlier in the race that some of the veterans like Jeff King were saying that it was the coldest race that they remembered. -45 with a wind chill? No thank you! It sounded like quite a few people had frostbite, poor Mackey had it all over because his circulation is already compromised with his illness. UNK is soooo freaking windy, but that whole coast is so breathtakingly brutal. That’s why I like rooting for the local rural boys; as they are truly made of salt.

        Sounds like you participate in ultras. Lady, that is some tuff stuff! I love looking at all the pics from the safety of my couch, haha. I remember going on some fabulous trails in Colorado, that’s such a great state to live in. Oh, and I saw your post from yesterday and yes, the Marin headlands are amazing! My mom lives at the base of Mt. Tam so we get to go on some great hikes and with the dogs off leash too!

      • MtnRunner says:

        Mt Tam… I stomped up that pile of rocks at the TNF 50 miler. Being a late-season ultra (Dec), I was so tired after running 1,500 miles and 250k of vertical feet for the year, I was dragging myself out of Stinson Beach up the Dipsea Trail that I had to cut my race short. It was a beautiful course with amazing views and I hope to get out there and finish it one day.

      • mimif says:

        SourdoughMtnRunner YOU ARE AMAZING! How are your toenails? 😉

      • MtnRunner says:

        Would you believe I’ve lost only one in the two years I’ve been doing them? It happened after doing the double rim crossing of the Grand Canyon (S Rim-to-N Rim-to-S Rim) — which entails 11,000 feet of toe-smashing descent — wearing shoes that should have been a half-size larger to accommodate the swelling. One of my big toes was pretty bruised up and fell off two months later.

        So you like looking at ultrarunning pics? My Instagram feed is filled with pictures from other trail runners, climbers and wilderness adventurers. Too bad I’m nursing an Achilles injury or I’d be adding some of my own. Hoping it’s better by summer, ’cause the pictures are killing me.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Oh, and I hope you didn’t miss all the fun on the Bendy post today. The news is boring, but the comments began to feel like old times with Eve and EsCon back on board.

      • mimif says:

        I had to quit going to the Bendy posts because there was a little too much (not the fun kind of) crazy in there for my taste. Now that things have settled down on his front, I’ll have to pop in again. I love it when Eve makes a showing! She cracks me up.
        Sorry bout your Achilles injury, that is a tough one to nurse. I can’t even with the Grand Canyon run…seriously, you’re amazing. I’ve competed in halfs just for fun and for charity, but that’s about all I have in me. I still like looking tho! It gives me energy and inspiration. If you haven’t already, check out climbeverymountain on IG, she’s pretty spectacular.
        Oh, and yesterday Aliy Zirkle accidentally broke a California lawyer’s arm in a friendly arm wrestling contest at Breakers Bar in Nome. Can you imagine? X-tra Tuff! 😀

      • MtnRunner says:

        Aliy is a tough ol’ broad. I bet she feels bad about that!

        Just followed that IG account you mentioned. Sweet snaps! If you like that sort of thing, check out:


        You might even find me in there somewhere. 🙂

    • Addison says:

      Um, I got right away that she was joking. I don’t know why people made such a big deal about it. I think from therapists and such we have learned that the number of reasons that people divorce are not just one thing. It is a series of things and differ from marriage to marriage. I don’t doubt that some guy may have dropped his wife because she let herself go in the sense that she dresses like a slob all of the time. (And if she let herself go it’s because he probably wasn’t helping her out and she had not time or she was severely depressed which means she was sick in which case he is a jerk). Some people are quite shallow.

      People need to get over things. People need to be outraged about other things like starving orphans, war, the destruction of the planet, violence against women, trafficking of children and women. Not things like Eva’s comical comment or Hillary Clinton not using the e-mail she should have used.

      Anyway, that’s just me.

    • bettyrose says:

      The article should take some of the blame.

      “Mendes also revealed her secret rule to keeping one of Hollywood’s hottest leading men happy at home—and unfortunately, it may be a tough pill to swallow for some of us.”

      One offhand remark about lounge wear and this writer is like “the secret to living out your 1950s fantasies has been revealed.”

  3. Franca says:

    She has a very manly face, hasn’t she?

    • Marrrrrria says:

      I wouldn’t say manly. She has quite the case of Resting Bitch-Face because of her features. Her eyebrows only add to that. I had a colleague with the same eyebrow situation and whenever she smiled it looked arrogant, sinister and shady as hell haha

    • Yabby says:

      No, I agree. She needs less make-up. The way she wears it makes her look like a drag queen.

  4. Fiona says:

    It’s cute Ryan came to her defense.

    • Allie says:

      I think it’s the opposite! While I didn’t think either of her comments were funny, she should have the right to defend herself. When Ryan tweeted, it just seems like overkill. We get it, you both now love sweatpants.

      • Liv says:

        What I don’t get is: why making such a non-joke? What is funny about that? Obviously everyone thought she was serious. I think they try to control the damage she caused and that’s why Ryan interfered. She’s selling clothes right now and I don’t think she’s selling them properly when nobody can identify with her…

      • noway says:

        @liv I knew she was joking or at least exaggerating. Still I think she does believe you should keep up your appearance when you are with someone. Her perogative and it does make for an interesting discussion. Personally her response to this was kind of funny, frankly orange crocs are worse. Interesting that this comment went so viral and others don’t.

    • Josephine says:

      I thought it was cute, too, and that he was mocking all of the people who went bonkers yesterday.

    • AtlLady says:

      Two things – first, she got exactly what she wanted and that was people talking about her. I didn’t see her remarks as being the least bit humorous, just haughty. And second, Ryan came to her defense but he didn’t come to her side. When was the last time they were photographed together?

  5. Christina says:

    People need to step away from their computers/electronic devices and start living their lives if they got upset about her comment.

  6. Susan says:

    I knew it was a benign comment. Kudos to them for handling it so well.

  7. Wren says:

    Lol I think she took it a little too much to heart, but seriously, the “joke” wasn’t funny and it also didn’t seem like all that much of a joke. Some dudes like sweatpants and the idea that partners shouldn’t relax around each other isn’t actually amusing.

  8. DavidBowie says:

    Seriously? This was a “thing”?

    • Tiffany says:

      I know David. But for the ‘controversy’ this is, it is pretty damn funny.

    • md1979 says:

      Is it just me, or was this a `thing` because she`s promoting drug store cosmetics right now, and can`t afford to offend any potential customers….

  9. Maya says:

    Gorgeous woman – that’s all I have to say…

  10. Naddie says:

    It wasn’t that terrible, Eva. No need to apologize.

  11. Sayrah says:

    Hahaha, first world problems

  12. Bridget says:

    Eva Mendes, learning very few people are nearly as funny as they think they are.

  13. FingerBinger says:

    Eva made a joke about sweatpants and social media went berserk. Typical. I predict a twitter meltdown when a celebrity admits to liking crunchy peanut butter more than they like the creamy peanut butter.

    • Anony says:

      That’s because people who like crunchy more than smooth are freaks! Freaks I tells ya!

      Although this is coming from a freak that only eats unsalted, un sugared natural peanut butter. My mom looked set me like a monster with three heads when I told her.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Lines have been drawn in the sand over less. Full disclosure, creamy peanut butter is so much better than crunchy. End of discussion. 😀

      • jwoolman says:

        I am torn in the great crunchy vs smooth peanut butter debate. For many years, I believed in the superiority of crunchy. But then the crunchy version of my favorite brand mysteriously disappeared from my local grocery store. So I had to learn to love the smooth. But during a prolonged broken tooth period followed too soon by a sinus infection of the type that made all my teeth hurt – I discovered true joy in smooth, because I could eat it without really chewing.

        Of course, another advantage of smooth is that you can always chop up some peanuts in a blender and add them…. But taking the crunchy bits out of crunchy to make smooth if needed is a task I would rather not face.

    • Snazzy says:

      OMG obviously crunchy is better. ISN’t it? ISN’T IT?

  14. Jag says:

    I think it’s funny how those sweatpants look brand new and that she had to intentionally bunch them up to make them look worn. lol

  15. Qzie says:

    Is it only me who has seen a ton of TV ads for the new Eva Mendes DRESSES line for NY& Co? I figured the whole sweat pants cause divorce drama was a clever PR play to get women to wear her DRESSES–she should have spun it that way. Sort of surprised it hasn’t come up unless I missed it in the frothy commentary.


    • Michelle says:

      This is a really good point, @Qzie. I have to say, I personally find Eva Mendes’ street style to be absolutely tragic – I think she is one of the worst dressed celebs.

    • Bridget says:

      I’m surprised no one else caught on to that. She’s been working with NY & Co for years.

  16. Michelle says:

    I don’t get the fuss about this whole story. I think people were just pissed that an unmarried woman was giving relationship advice and talking about what causes divorces, and that she named such a superficial reason. Somehow it spurred a debate on whether or not men like sweatpants and leggings, whether or not women and men should try to remain attractive for each other, and whether or not an unmarried woman should give advice. I feel like every time a celebrity opens their mouth there is a new scandal. It’s dumb.

  17. santana says:

    this shows how much celebs are self aware and monitoring their social media feedback. No matter how much they’d bitch about it they take notice and care about what people write about them…social media is no other than fans/viewers/people who pay to see their movies/shows…and they care a lot!!!

  18. Rebecca says:

    Who cares!!!! Everyone should chill out!

  19. mar says:

    It was joke. Get over it

  20. Saks says:

    I don’t know why people hate Eva so much, I mean, she seems inoffensive, a bit smug at times but inoffensive overall. There are far worst people in Hollywood than her.

    • kennedy says:

      It’s just funny that she’s crapping on sweatpants while she’s shelling drugstore makeup. Girl, know your audience.

      • megsie says:

        And if she forgets again, not to worry. The handlers and corporate reps will always be there to remind her. They might even help her write up a cute instagram post just to calm the social media waters.

      • Liv says:

        This! +1

  21. megsie says:

    Don’t like the crazy Cuban but I do believe the sweat pant comment was said with tongue in cheek. Oh Ryan! How the mighty have fallen!!

  22. Sara says:

    I liked Ryan better when he didn’t post on twitter. Rats? Urgh.

  23. Iheartgossip says:

    SO OVER these celebs telling their truth; and then when the backlash happens they apologize. OVER IT. She said it; then was called out via photos of HER WEARING sweats in public, with her man. Just shut up in the first place. Shesh.

  24. captain says:

    Ryan is so lovely and protective, immediately rushing to her defence. He really is a nice man. A knight in shining armour. I mean, sweatpants. I’m glad that the bad rumours about these two were lies.

  25. Veronica says:

    Considering I was hearing about it on my local radio, I do think people took it to an exaggerated degree. I read her comment as facetious with an underlying grain of truth about getting too apathetic around your partner. It’s one thing to be comfortable around your spouse – it’s another to take it for granted.

  26. Jayna says:

    Oh, Eva, it’s come down to people latch onto some joking comment in a live interview and carry on like you are Goopy giving out life advice in her column. I saw the live comment video of it and it was clearly said with humor.

    Don’t cave to the internet police who have become judgy on anything and everything.

  27. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I bet these two just walk around naked all day though for real. Who knew Ryan had a twitter account? Not me! This was blown up to a ridiculous degree to be fair so I can’t blame her for trying to deflate it – him, though, it just makes him seem really whipped. What are they, the new Ashton & Demi?