Sarah Silverman & Michael Sheen ‘consciously uncoupled’ over Christmas

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I always had a mixture of emotions about Michael Sheen and Sarah Silverman’s relationship. He went from Rachel McAdams to Sarah Silverman pretty quickly, and it made me feel bad for Rachel. Plus, I just didn’t “get” Silverman and Sheen together – she’s quirky and funny, and he’s brooding and Welsh. As time went on, I understood it a bit more. He’s funny too, and she has a serious and dark side, so they sort of complemented each other.

Anyway, back in December 2016 – shortly after Baby Fisted Caligula “won” the election – Sheen announced that he was planning on moving back to England/Wales full time after spending much of the previous decade living and working in America. I remember thinking at the time that it sounded like bad news for his relationship with Silverman. And guess what? I was right.

Sad. People Magazine did a throwback to an interview she did last June with Jimmy Kimmel where she described Sheen as her “on-again, off-again lover” and that Sheen wanted to move back “home” (to the UK) when his daughter Lily turned 18 and went off to college. That makes me sad too. He was only staying in America because of his daughter? I get wanting to leave when the baby-fisted fascist’s reign of terror was still in its infancy, but it’s also just… kind of harsh to think that the ONLY reason Sheen stayed in America was for his daughter. And not his girlfriend of several years, Sarah Silverman. I have this idea of Michael Sheen… he’s probably incredibly charming and incredibly sexy in person, but an absolute bastard to date long-term.

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  1. Surely Wolfbeak says:

    Day ruined.

    • Kit says:

      Mine too. Vanellope and the real Wesley Snipes. They were a bridge between generations in my house.

      • manda says:

        Make way for foot cycle! I said, “make way!”
        (I think that’s how the quote goes–he was so funny on 30 rock)

  2. FishBeard says:

    I liked them together! They were totally charming on the Nerdist podcast they did together. But I do love hearing about cute couples who do have mature, drama-free breakups.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      I LOVED that interview. One of my favorites from The Nerdist.

    • India Rose says:

      And he was an absolute delight on the Great British Bake-Off Celebrity Edition, which you can watch on YouTube. (I’m sure it has some other name, but I can’t keep up with all the variations.)

      He was witty and charming — and a bit of a rascal. I get his appeal. They were lovely together and they will continue to be lovely apart. And Sarah is killing it with kindness on Twitter. We need that kindness more than ever.

  3. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Michael Sheen is HARDLY broody. I think you’re mixing him up with the characters he plays. Watch any interview he has given and he is a gregarious and really funny guy. His The Nerdist podcast interview is one kf my all time faves. The guy is hysterical. He and Sarah made perfect sense if you look at them: both are in their forties, neither wanted to get married or have kids (Michael has stated he doesnt want anymore kids). That makes perfect sense. I always felt that Rachel would get her heart broken because ahe was with someone who didnt want the same things she did. And like a lot of women she probably thought she could change his mind. Not surprised about him and Sarah. Once he moved back to the UK it was pretty much a matter of time.

    • Yeahright says:

      Wait what?
      Maybe Rachel doesn’t want kids?
      Painting her as the person who would be heartbroken because she couldn’t change him is dismissive of her autonomy as an adult woman with a gazillion options.
      Not everyone wants children. In my twenties I wanted three kids for sure, now in my mid thirties I thank Baby Jesus everyday I never had them. If she wanted children *cough* like Jen A. *cough* she could have and *maybe would have done it by now.
      The narrative of poor childless unmarried almost 40 year old gets exhausting.
      I sincerely believe Michael would be upfront about not wanting more children and she be wise enough to believe him.

      • Betsy says:

        I agree, I think, with your coughing that Jennifer Anniston never wanted kids, but let’s be clear: if you want to carry and deliver your own biological children, or children that have half of your couple’s DNA, all the money in the world can’t always get that for you.

      • Tina says:

        @Betsy: THIS.

  4. A Croatian says:

    I like him, I like her, and I LOVE her tweet about it.
    Sad to see it end, happy to see them being mature.
    That is all.

  5. TheBee's says:

    His face needs that beard….. I saw a picture of him without it and I was like who is the man!

  6. Bridget says:

    They really adored each other, but they’ve always been somewhat on and off. They both seem very set in their ways.

    • Slowsnow says:

      Yes, exactly. What’s up with this narrative of him being as a**hole? She seems quite idiosyncratic herself, as he does. They just didn’t work out and I am sure they are both heartbroken about it.

  7. Jayna says:

    Michael also went back to Wales to become more politically involved in his country. Brexit really affected him in a way that he wanted to make a difference and become more active there on issues. He talked about that in interviews on moving back. With his daughter off to college, he could now do that. Sarah’s career is here.

    It did seem like they tried to make it work for a while. Sarah has said she’s a loner, so could handle the periods of separation because of that. But, ultimately, long-term that doesn’t usually last.

    I really liked them together. She was crazy about him. He always seemed very proud of her. Kate Beckinsale really liked her and felt she was another great female influence on their daughter. And at least he wasn’t someone who only exclusively dated twenty-somethings. I always liked that he was dating someone his age in Hollywood, where that’s not the norm. He is 49. She is 47.

    • Des says:

      Yup, all that. Plus, Sarah is also very invested in what’s happening with America so she can’t just leave. Highly recommend her series. So basically the things that made them perfect for each other also made them break up.

      I’m happy they’re so mature but I’m kinda slouching on my couch wailing “love is dead!” tbh.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      Who? Sarah is 47?? What magic Michael Jackson oxygen anti aging machine is she sleeping in?? Wow. I thought she was 30s.

  8. minx says:

    I loved these two together!

  9. mexicalidesi says:

    His ex (Kate Beckinsale) and daughter Lily used to live a couple of doors down from my sister. They were already divorced at that point (she was married to Len Silverman) but my sister said Micheal was a really nice guy and a great dad, would take Lily, who was a little kid then, to the holiday potlucks, etc. on the street. Definitely did not sound like a jerk, at all.

  10. Cintra.C says:

    Aw, I really liked them as a couple.

  11. Tina says:

    Not to be a Welsh/Am downer, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same about Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell once the final series of The Americans has aired.