Zooey Deschanel Divorce Filing Reveals Fascinating Financial Information


Zooey DeschanelNews today that Zooey Deschanel has officially filed for divorce from Ben Gibbard comes as no big surprise. We learned back in November that she and the Death Cab for Cutie frontman had separated, and since there have been no signs of a reconciliation, it seemed only a matter of time before the actual deed was done.

According to People, she filed the papers on December 27. The cause given for the split was a standard "irreconcilable differences." Sigh. It's almost too depressing to even talk about another Hollywood split and try to analyze why it didn't work out this time.  It seems like they never work, and it's all getting quite mundane

In this case, however, the papers filed did at least contain some pretty interesting details.

TMZ got a hold of them, and apparently Deschanel's attorney included a bunch of her financial information that laid out specifically how much money she has, how much she spends each month, and on what. Now that's the kind of celebrity information I find fascinating.

Here are some of details as reported by TMZ:

She makes about $95,000 a month

She spends only (only, ha!) about $22,550 a month on things including some of the following:

  • $1,000 on groceries and other household items (doesn't seem outrageous)
  • $500 on dining out (sounds low unless she's getting lots of comped meals)
  • $800 on utilities
  • $2,000 for clothes (Can you imagine? Though if I made $95K a month, I'm not sure I'd stop there.)

That "frugality" has allowed her put more than $1.5 million in the bank. She has no credit card debit (how responsible of her) and has almost $2 million more in stocks, bonds and real estate, etc. In other words: She's loaded.

Besides being interesting to see such a close-up look at a celeb's spending habits, it also is probably a pretty close-up look at why their marriage ended ... or at least I'm sure many will speculate that it is. Maybe she didn't need him anymore? Her success threatened him perhaps? I have no idea if an imbalance in their relationship financially or otherwise contributed to its demise, but it certainly does seem to fit a pretty typical pattern when the scales of success are tipped heavily in one direction -- especially when it's a woman in the lead. 

On the bright side, it does seem like for a divorce they're doing it the best way possible -- without a lot of drama, just a desire not to be married anymore. As she told People after their initial split, "We're friendly. It's all fine." Moving on ... 

Do you think Zooey Deschanel's success contributed to her marriage's failure?

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Lucre... LucretiaMcEvil

Wow! That's unfortunate that they're splitting, but refreshing to hear that she's living like a "regular person". She's going to have more money than most celebrities when she retires. I like to hear when celebrities make wise financial decisions with their money. It kind of makes them seem more humble.

alisa... alisabethjaimes

Agreed with Lucretia. Zooey has always seemed so down to earth to me.

nonmember avatar ele4phant

I'm not sure knowing her financial status sheds any light on why her marriage dissolved. Ben Gibbard has had a pretty amazing career himself and while I may be wrong I bet he's just as loaded as she is. I doubt money was the issue between them.

puasa... puasaurusrex

o.O I seriously doubt money is the issue. Ben Gibbard isn't exactly hurtin' for cash.

angel... angelachristine

Her ex wasnt exactly a failure either. I don't care for his music but I bet he makes plenty of money too.

Rhond... Rhonda_01

I agree that her success had little to do with her divorce..probably something mundane as growing apart and moving in 2 different circles..

CPN322 CPN322

*no credit card debt

I love Zooey!! She's amazing all around! And no, I think people sometimes grow apart.

CPN322 CPN322

and I 2nd what Lucretia wrote.

mik1of3 mik1of3

Hell, I didn't even know she was married.

I love her voice, by the way....she could sing jazz easily, if she wanted to!

nonmember avatar Steven R.

Nice to know Zooey is a responsible person. I suspect her show-biz parents taught her well. She's very talented and should have a long career. Soon her bank account will be in the tens of millions, I'm sure.

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