Of all the marriages left in Hollywood following news of Chris Pratt and Anna Faris’ divorce, it’s Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard that are keeping the flag of hope propped up.
That being said, it makes sense that Bell would get asked about her thoughts on Faris and Pratt’s divorce. Not only does she have inside experience on Hollywood marriages, but she’s also friendly with Pratt and Faris. She acted in an episode of Everwood with Pratt and rubbed shoulders with Faris at a 2009 event, according to Huffington Post.
For Bell’s part, she gets it. Splits happen. But she doesn’t think it’s a reason for fans to feel heartbroken.
“I think there’s a little bit of lack of acknowledgment about really loving something that was,” Bell said in an interview with E! News. “If there are two people that decide not to be together, it shouldn’t really be a heartbreak for everyone.”
She added, “You should say, ‘Oh, they tried. But that doesn’t discount the lovely years they had together.’ If I ever get divorced, I’m still going to be like, ’Wow, I loved being married to that man.'”
Bell gets that it’s tough. She and Shepard have been open about going to couples therapy, and Bell thinks the key to success is prioritizing her marriage.
“I don’t necessarily know that it’s ‘Hollywood’ that gets in the way,” Bell said when asked about the downfall of celebrity couples. “The reality is when you’re working in this industry you’re sometimes shooting a movie in China for four months. You’re away from your family for four months. I think it’s more the separation than anything that can weigh on people.”
As for Pratt and Faris, they released a joint statement saying, “we still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”
The two were married for eight years and have a son, Jack.
The reason for their split has been blamed on anything and everything from religion and fame to, yes, Jennifer Lawrence. But, let’s be real, the truth is probably something more closely related to Bell’s outlook. For whatever the reason, it just didn’t work out.