Jon Hamm & Jennifer Westfeldt Confirm Split After a Tumultuous Year

Here it is, the confirmation none of us wanted: Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt have broken up. The two issued a joint statement over Labor Day weekend. "With great sadness, we have decided to separate, after 18 years of love and shared history. We will continue to be supportive of each other in every way possible moving forward."

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To say that Hamm and Westfeldt have been "dating" for 18 years would not exactly be accurate. They probably dated for a few months but then, like the grownups that they are, they committed to a relationship. While they never married, their couplehood lasted a great deal longer than many Hollywood marriages do -- heck, longer than a lot of ordinary marriages do.

In 2011 Hamm costarred in Friends With Kids, a film written and directed by Westfeldt. This summer Hamm told E! that the two had a couple of projects "percolating." He said, "It's one of those things we enjoyed the first time around so hopefully we can find something else to do again." We would understand if they decide not to follow through on those percolating projects after all.

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What a year it's been for Jon Hamm. He wrapped up the last season of Mad Men. Then in late February and March he spent 30 days in rehab for alcohol abuse.

A wave of breakup rumors came in April, but the couple denied the split in a joint statement. Hamm credited Westfeldt for supporting him through his treatment.

In May the final season of Mad Men aired. 

Another breakup rumor surfaced in early July. But later that month Hamm and Westfeldt were seen together, "canoodling" at an after-party for the premiere of Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer, according to People magazine. 

A friend of Westfeldt told Us, "They've been fighting for a while, but now they're done. They decided to finally split. It's sad." We have to agree.

But Hamm and Westfeldt deserve some credit and even maybe congratulations for making their relationship last 18 years. Good for them. They had a good run, they no doubt learned a lot from each other, and hopefully they'll use those lessons as they step forward into the unknown.

I can't help but think of that last scene in Mad Men, when Don Draper takes in a seaside meditation. "The new day brings new hope. Lives we've led. The lives we've yet to lead. New day. New ideas. A new you." And thus ends the summer of celeb breakups.

 

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