There are celebrity couples whose names you turn into fun portmanteaus, like “Brangelina” or (digging up an old Colbertism) “Filliam H. Muffman.” Then there are celebrity couples you take for granted, assuming they’d always be a power pair even if paparazzi didn’t spy on their every trip to buy toothpaste and crunchy peanut butter. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber (Schratts? Lioami? We got nothin')were one of those couples.
Note the past tense, because, sadly, they are now no longer one of those couples. The acclaimed actors, who’ve been together for 11 years and sired two children — and who we sometimes forgot were a couple, because we didn’t think to always invade their privacy — publicly announced their split, after noting they sort of kind of split up about a year ago: moving into separate NYC apartments, juggling parental hand-offs, all while putting in the occasional public appearance, as they did at last year’s Oscars.
There’s no tabloid-y joy to be had here: Both are fine actors we probably take for granted, as we did their coupledom, and both seem like very nice people who deserve happiness. Sadface.