In yet another celebrity divorce for September, 2016, actors Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have decided to go separate ways after spending 11 years together. The couple made their decisions public on Monday.
In a public statement released by Watts (47) and Schreiber (48), the couple said, “the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple.”
Watts and Schreiber told ABC News: “Over the past few months we’ve come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple.
“It is with great love, respect, and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship,” they said.
The statement continued: “While we appreciate your curiosity and support, we ask the press to be mindful of our children and respect their right to privacy.”
Image shows Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and Kids.
The Hollywood couple met at a 2005 Met Gala but reports say they never held an official wedding. They’ve been together ever since, in a relationship blessed with 2 awesome kids–Alexander “Sasha” (9) and Samuel, who is 7 years old.
Explaining how they met each other way back in 2005, Schreiber told Esquire earlier this year that she had invited him to a club where he arrived but had to wait for her. He was made to hang on alone for a while because his angel was busy in a chit-chat with famous actors – Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro.
“I think I was nervous, and I felt very embarrassed being there, and self-conscious, because all these movie stars were hovering, and I felt … awkward and out of my element,” he said.
An uneasy Schreiber explained to her that he needed to get going after the embarrassment, but the beautiful lady followed him out of the club.
“She… said, ‘Don’t you want my digits?’” Schreiber recalled.
“It was the first thing that came to me,” Watts added. “I’ve never said those words before in my life and never since.”
That was how a relationship that would later spring up two sons, was “consumated”.
Image shows actors, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber.
Schreiber explained further that their first meeting led to another, which was sensationally crowned with a kiss.
In his words: “I decided I was going to make a family with this person. For better or for worse, I stepped into a partnership with somebody.
“We were gonna bring kids into this world and try to love and respect each other.”
So sad that a sweet love like this has to come to an end so quickly.
The world is yet to get over Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s split barely 2 weeks ago, and now another sad love song is playing on our radios.
In 2012, Watts told Easy Living Magazine that marriage simply wasn’t a top priority for the couple.
In her words: “We’re very much together. We just don’t have that certificate, and that’s okay with both of us.”
However, she had to add: “Maybe one day, we’ll just wake up and go ‘Hey, let’s do this.’ And maybe not.”