I’ve said that if Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts ever split up I would need time to get over it. I am sitting here eating a pint of caramel gelato with rolos mixed into it because that time is now. Star Magazine reported in January that Naomi and Liev had split and were going to keep it amicable for their kids. Then they were seen out together with their sons Sasha, 9, and Samuel, 7, with Naomi instagramming a photo of Liev around that time. They went to SAGs together in February and walked the red carpet at the premiere of their joint film together, a boxing biopic called The Bleeder, at the Venice Film Festival and at TIFF. They looked relaxed and happy and like everything was fine, however Liev took their oldest son with him to the Emmys last week. Well their movie is out, The Emmys are over, Ray Donovan’s season just wrapped and Liev and Naomi announced that they’ve split. They’ve been together since 2005 (here’s a link to the story of how they got together) and they never married.
“Over the past few months we’ve come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple,” Schreiber and Watts said in a joint statement to PEOPLE.
“It is with great love, respect, and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship. While we appreciate your curiosity and support, we ask the press to be mindful of our children and respect their right to privacy,” the statement continued.
A source on the set of Schreiber’s Showtime series Ray Donovan tells PEOPLE, “They have been on the rocks for quite a while.”
TMZ claims that Liev and Naomi have been living apart since January, which is similar to what People’s source is saying and is also consistent with Star’s reporting at the time. So they’ve tried to make it work, it hasn’t, and they’re broken up now. I do think that they’re going to try to keep it above board and won’t leak stories to the press, but we’ll see. It’s promising that this is a joint announcement and that it’s so cordial and frankly – nice. I would think Naomi is behind it as she just got fed up, but it’s hard to tell.
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