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Zooey Deschanel & Jacob Pechenik Break-Up After Four Years Of Marriage

New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel is officially single as reports confirm she has split from her husband Jacob Pechenik after four years of marriage.

Many fans didn’t see the break-up coming, but the couple’s representative shared the news to media outlets on Friday. “After much discussion and a long period of contemplation we have decided we are better off as friends, business partners and co-parents rather than life partners,” the rep’s statement read, People reports. “We remain committed to our business, our values and most of all our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time.”

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Zooey and Jacob were married in 2015 after less than a year of dating. They welcomed their first child, Elsie Otter, in July of 2015. Their son, Charlie Wold, was then born in 2017. It remains to be seen how the exes will divide custody of their young children.

The parents have been notoriously private when it comes to their personal life, so it remains unclear what led to their split. Then again, many things about Zooey’s personal life takes her fans by surprise. The celebrity had previously said she didn’t plan on having children, so many people were pleasantly surprised when she did, in fact, have kids.

Years ago, Zooey admitted in an interview with Marie Claire that she never really pictured herself with children. “That’s never been my focus… My sister [Emily Deschanel] was always very motherly, babysitting and stuff,” she explained. “I like kids, and I like being around kids – but it was never an ambition, something, like, I need…I like working. That’s what I like doing. I like to work.”

In 2017, after welcoming her second child, Zooey was candid about how much motherhood had changed her. Looking back, perhaps the star was also talking about her relationship, too. “Nothing can really prepare you for it because you never again have a day where you don’t think of your kids first,” she told Us Weekly at the time.

She continued, “At least for me, that’s what I think of first thing. Like, ‘How are the kids doing? What do they need?’ That’s my first thought when I wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night. I’m always thinking of them.” Zooey added, “You don’t realize what a sort of selfish existence you live in until you have kids.”

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