Christina Hendricks & Geoffrey Arend are splitting after 10 years of marriage

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This surprised me, and yet… I guess I should have suspected something. Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend are splitting after a decade of marriage. They were together throughout Christina’s rise to fame on Mad Men. He’s also an actor, mostly a character actor taking smallish roles in film and television, and his career got overshadowed by hers for all of their marriage. Still, he seemed so proud of her and he just looked as happy as can be with his bombshell wife. But they haven’t been making many public appearances together this year. Hm. Here’s their joint statement, posted on Christina’s Instagram:

“Twelve years ago we fell in love and became partners. We joined our two amazing families, had countless laughs, made wonderful friends and were blessed with incredible opportunities. Today we take our next step together, but on separate paths. We will always be grateful for the love we’ve shared and will always work together to raise our two beautiful dogs.”

“We will be taking time to rediscover ourselves in this transition and we thank you for your patience and support in giving us the space to do so.”

[From Christina Hendricks’ IG]

I’m sad about this. They seemed to love and support each other a lot. I have zero clue as to what was behind this split, but if I had to guess… it was probably a mix of “Christina’s career was always the priority for both of them” plus “disagreements about whether to start a family.” Christina always seemed like she wasn’t really interested in having kids. Maybe he was fine with that…until he wasn’t. In any case, I wish them both the best and I hope this split doesn’t get messy.

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  1. SM says:

    I am sure he was and is supportive and not threatened by her success. Otherwise it would make little sense that they stuck through and well beyond the Mad Men era. The role of sexes in relationship do not always become a sole reason for separation. I think it may probably be more of a case of two people growing apart. They don’t have underage kids to try and stick it through a period of being distant for and probably just decided to pull the plug on it. In any case, they always struck me like such an odd couple, that I am not surprised. Will it take long for tabloids to start a Joan and Don Draper fantasy?

    • Myriam says:

      The I agree he always looked very supportive of her career, I don’t think that’s the cause of their breakup. Christina has made it very clear through interviews that they were not having kids but we never got to hear that from him, so I wouldn’t be surprised if her being away a lot to film for her show and him being home more often made him rethink that idea. Who knows? Either way, it’s sad going through a breakup and I wish them both well. They have the added benefit of not having kids so the split doesn’t need to be any messier than it could have been

  2. Arizona says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it got messy since they were pretty private throughout their whole relationship. I was surprised briefly and then I realized but her Instagram seems to have had her traveling a lot and he hasn’t appeared to be present for any of it.

  3. Lucy says:

    Very sad indeed. I hope they’re both okay and that things are good between them.

  4. minx says:

    Too bad, I liked them as a couple.

  5. leskat says:

    I follow her on Instagram and I swear to all that is holy I thought just a few days ago when she posted some Halloween pics of her and her husband “wow, they seem to be such a great low-key couple.” I got the warm and fuzzies and scrolled on. I DOOMED THEM YOU GUYS. It’s always sad when a couple breaks up, but for some reason this one really made me sad.

    • Andrea says:

      She just posted pics of old Halloween costumes of them two. Makes me wonder if he pulled the plug. That seemed like nostalgic posts to me.

    • tealily says:

      I was thinking the same thing! I was like “Ah! Glad to see them going strong!” Heartbreak! If they didn’t split when her career blew on on Mad Men, I figured they were solid. *sniff*

  6. Andrea says:

    I was a bit shocked with this one. I wonder what it was and I doubt it was her career.
    If it was, it would have exploded during Mad Men’s heyday.

  7. Nancypants says:

    I love her and I wish I looked like her – with smaller breasts.

    She is a bombshell and, well, he’s not and her career took off both on Mad Men and Good Girls.
    I love Good Girls. I hope the new season starts soon. She’s a voice in Toy Story 4 too among other things.

    I kid my husband that she is his pretend girlfriend. We think she looks like Jessica Rabbit.
    Do you know she’s a natural blonde? She said there were too many blondes in Hollywood and went red. I think the strawberry blonde is prettier on her.

  8. Haapa says:

    The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!

  9. laura-j says:

    Same priorities:

    “We will always be grateful for the love we’ve shared and will always work together to raise our two beautiful dogs.”

  10. L says:

    Ummm is he not on Madame Secretary? I wouldn’t exactly call that a small character part…….

  11. TheKenoshaKid says:

    I like it when smoking-hot actresses are willing to date funny-looking guys. I hope her next bf is even stranger-looking.