5 Reasons Ben Gibbard Is Better Off Without Zooey Deschanel


zooey deschanel ben gibbardHipster hearts across the nation are breaking in two today, because actress Zooey Deschanel and Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard have called it quits. That's right, the indie couple extraordinaire have made the announcement that they're ending their two-year marriage. It was "mutual and amicable," of course. If those two alt kids can't make it, who can, amirite?

Kidding aside -- and in the wake of other "short-lived" celebrity marriages -- I think these two long-haired folk actually did the right thing. Especially Ben. Being married to the lovely Zooey Deschanel can't be a walk in the park. So, here are five reasons the dude's better off without her.

She's so dang busy. Not only is Zooey on the Fox show, New Girl, she also plays in the band "She and Him," which, incidentally, is releasing a Christmas album, and she helps run the website, Hello Giggles, as well. When the hell did he see her?

He's in a band. Which means that not only is she busy, but he's busy. He may not be involved with as many projects as his soon-to-be ex-wife, but Death Cab is super popular. And they tour. So, odds are, when she was home, he was gone. Plus, dude, you're a young guy in a band. No need to settle down at 35, if you know what I'm sayin'.

She totally had the upper hand. In addition to Zooey being markedly more famous than Ben (which never winds up working for Hollywood couples), things that have been said -- by both parties -- hint at a gross imbalance of power in their relationship. For instance, Ben said that when their mutual manager introduced them three years ago, he "was awestruck that she was even talking to [him]." While Zooey has said of their busy schedules keeping them apart, "He's really good at calling. He's probably better than I am. He's a very conscientious person." Mmm-hmm.

Her diet is exhausting. A few seasons ago on Top Chef Masters, Zooey revealed that she's not only vegan, but she doesn't eat gluten or soy. What the hell does she eat? Finding a restaurant she'd be able to dine at had to be a giant pain in the ass.

They only knew each other a year before getting married. That's never a good idea. No matter how in love you are. Annoyances and quirks can come up even four years in. Who knows what kind of bullets Ben's dodging?

I hope both Ben and Zooey find the beautiful, unique, folksy kind of love they're looking for someday. Their time just wasn't now, though. Her schedule didn't permit. 

Do you think Ben is better off without Zooey?


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Argentina Iraheta

Exactly why does he have to be "better off" without his wife? If it was "mutual and amicable", why can't you say they're both better off? It's not like she hurt him in any way -unless it was some sort of cruel punishment to work around her eating habits. I do not get the point of this article.

nonmember avatar JillyBean

I'm surprised you were so harsh in regards to Zooey Deschanel. Since both sides have said it was amicable and that there was no third party involved I'm curious as to how you make her the bad guy? Sounds to me like for once in Hollywood two adults realized it wasn't going to work and went their separate ways. Yet someone one of them HAS to be the bad guy? I normally enjoy the articles, but this one is WAY off the mark.

MrsKi... MrsKittyKat

I think this is really sad.  They were so cute together.  They were like the indie royal couple.  The only good that will come of this are some really good new break up songs.  

nonmember avatar Karen

In an interview with Health magazine, March 2010, Zooey Deschanel says she is no longer vegan:

Q: You used to be vegan right?
A: Not anymore. My older sister, Bones star Emily Deschanel, has been a very, very committed vegan since high school. I wish I could be like that, but I’m not. I have a lot of food sensitivities—I can’t eat wheat or soy—and it was very difficult to eat and get enough calories. It was even impossible to eat at a vegan restaurant. [Laughs.]

Q: You love to cook. What do you make?
A: I don’t really like sweets that much, but I find it really satisfying to bake for other people—cupcakes and cookies and cakes. I make a good quinoa spaghetti with pesto and zucchini. Pesto’s one of those things you can experiment with, and one day I was like, What if I used hemp seeds instead of pine nuts because they’re more nutritious? I’ve made it for a lot of dinner parties. It was a hit!

Source: http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20412195,00.html

nonmember avatar Tegan

Thanks for justifying the breakup for Ben Gibbard because he clearly wasn't able to do it on his own and totally had to.

Next time you try to write something light hearted, don't make it you speaking for someone getting a divorce. It's pretty shallow and not entertaining.

lulab... lulabellalula

in celebrity world - those points maybe true, but I married my husband exactly 1 year 3 months after meeting for the 1st time & we are very happy & best of friends. 

My girlfriend married her husband after 5 months of dating and they just celebrated their 6 year anniversary. 

To say it's never a good idea to marry someone after only 1 year of knowing them is crap. Sometimes when you have that type of connection, and you know...you just know. 

nonmember avatar Whitney

Your suggestion that a vegan with food sensitivities is an undesirable partner is shallow and moronic.

"What does she eat?"

EVERYTHING ELSE; all fruits, all vegetables, all mushrooms, all legumes except soy, all grains except those with gluten (rice, oatmeal, quinoa), all nuts and seeds, etc.

And she is (and I am) better off for it.

nonmember avatar Camie

While divorce is sad at any rate, my tears were already shed for Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. Their breakup was really something to cry about.

Courtney Paige Neale

I also like to point out that there is a HUGE difference between not being able to eat something and refusing to.

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