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Why the Anna Faris-Chris Pratt Separation Hits Harder Than Other Celeb Splits

it’s hardly surprising that social media responses to the separation announcement of celeb couple Anna Faris and Chris Pratt suggest that fans and followers were hit especially hard with the sad news. Could it be that the Faris-Pratt split feels more “real” to us than most of those other Hollywood uncouplings? Probably.

The humorous, kind and honest sides of both stars have been ever-present in their disclosures to the public. Faris’ weekly CBS spotlight as Mom’s lovably flawed Christy and her candidly quirky podcast Unqualifiedhave helped her become the celebrity-next-door. Coffee or cocktails, we want to invite her to the party. And Pratt’s transformation from Parks and Recreation’s Andy Dwyer to feature film matinee idol (and box office draw), feels like the perfect “regular nice guy wins the lottery” story.

Forget the typical celebrity rep announcement, Faris and Pratt told the public about their split themselves. And from an observational standpoint, I’d say they did it as a team, sharing virtually the same message via Twitter.

When two cool people who seem perfect for each other call it quits, it’s not uncommon to reflect on the fragility of our own relationships or the intricacies and stress that can circle around families. What can we learn from Faris and Pratt and their split?

  1. Only the couple knows the real backstory and that’s really their business.
  2. Couples need support and that support can be as simple as refusing to be part of the privacy-bashing dialogues that so often accompany unfortunate news.
  3. Children matter most as parents make changes in their lives—whatever we can do to facilitate the children’s wellbeing (including squelching those rumor mills) is important.
  4. There doesn’t have to be a designated bad guy– sometimes nice people just get divorced.
  5. Great teamwork is as critical in a healthy separation as it is in a marriage. Grace under pressure is a rare commodity, but it is helpful for most in the equation.

If anyone can make this transition with continued grace and heart, my money is definitely on Faris and Pratt.

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