First it was Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie being torn apart. Now Liev Schreiber and his Australian partner Naomi Watts are calling it a day after 11 years together. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the couple released a joint statement to inform the public about their arrangement after becoming an item back in 2005.
With two sons together, Alexander "Sasha," 9, and Samuel, 7, both Schreiber and Watts took the difficult decision to go their different ways. And now they urge the media to leave the children out of any expose on the breakdown.
"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," began the statement. "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."
Timing Curious As The Newly Split Couple Star In 2016 Reboot of Bleeder
Many Hollywood couples go their separate ways because of physical distance as much as emotional distance. Yet the pair were in close proximity of late during the shooting of 2016's Bleeder. If you follow their Twitter accounts, the pair continue to look close. Bleeder was released on September 2nd at the Venice Film Festival. The biographical sports drama had Schreiber (Chuck Wepner) in the lead role alongside his then-wife Naomi Watts (Linda).
The Aussie had the choice for the picture to either play Wepner's wife or love interest. Watts explained that the latter appealed to her more given their real life situation.
“(It) felt like something different for me,” Watts began, "I also felt that being a real-life couple and then playing a couple can be distracting sometimes. So I felt the role with less screen time was better for the story.”
Ray Donovan Wraps Season 4 as Schreiber Wraps 11 Year Relationship
Showtime recently concluded the 4th season of its hit drama television series Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber in the lead role. The no-nonsense crime drama would have been emotionally and physically draining on the actor. And, following on from his boxing biopic, the series shows no signs of letting up. Showtime just renewed Ray Donovan for a 5th round.
Watt's schedule is equally hectic. The 47-year old actress will also play the key role in the 2016 release Shut In. The film is set to be released on November 11th.