One of the world’s funniest couples, who seemed to be one of the happiest, are calling it quits after nine years. R.I.P., Will Arnett and Amy Poehler. The breakup is “amicable,” according to US Weekly‘s source. Here’s what you should know.
1. They Were Married on August 29, 2003
2. They Began Dating in 2000
Their relationship started in 2000, but four years earlier Will first had the hots for Amy. A People profile of Poehler quotes Will describing how she caught his eye while performing in 1996 with the improv group Upright Citizens Brigade:
“I went with my then-girlfriend, and she was like, ‘You have a crush on that girl!’ ” says Arnett. “Amy did stick out. She was fantastic and obviously really cute.” Four years later they began dating after meeting through friends. “He makes me feel very safe,” she says. “You can have a lot of adventures if you have someone by your side.”
3. They Have Kids
Arnett and Poehler have two young sons: Archie, 3, and Abel, 2.
4. They Performed Together
Arnett and Poehler often worked together, including performances in Arrested Development, Monsters vs. Aliens, Horton Hears a Who! and Spring Breakdown.
In the 2007 film Blades of Glory starring Will Ferrell and that kid from Napoleon Dynamite, Arnett and Poehler stole the show as evil skating pair Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg.
6. It Was Poehler’s First Marriage
7. It Was Arnett’s Second Marriage
Arnett was previously married to actress Penelope Ann Miller, another zany blonde. He also dated actress Missy Yager.
8. They’re From Different Countries & Backgrounds
Poehler is from Massachusetts. Arnett is from Toronto, Canada. Poehler is the daughter of schoolteachers. Arnett’s dad is a Harvard grad who was CEO of Molson beer.
While things at home may be falling apart, the professional lives of Arnett and Poehler are thriving. They star on two of TV’s best comedies — she as Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation (watch clips above) and he as Chris Brinkley (opposite Christina Applegate) on Fox’s Up All Night.
10. They’re Both Up for Emmys
They may not appear on the red carpet together, but they’ll both be in the house for the Emmy Awards on Sept. 23. Will is up for an outstanding comedy guest actor award for 30 Rock, while Amy is nominated as an actress and writer for Parks and Rec.