In the realm of celebrity marriages, the union of Meryl Streep and Don Gummer stood as a testament to lasting love, spanning over four decades of companionship. However, beneath the veneer of their seemingly unshakeable bond lies a tale of separation that managed to elude the public eye for over six years.
Meryl Streep, a name synonymous with acting excellence, and Don Gummer, a celebrated sculptor, crafted a life together that was as intricate and fascinating as their respective arts. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on September 30, having shared a life rich in personal and professional achievements. Together, they raised a family of four talented children, three of whom have followed in their mother’s artistic footsteps.
Despite the allure of their long-lasting partnership, it was revealed that Streep, 74, and Gummer, 76, had been living separate lives for more than half a decade. “Don Gummer and Meryl Streep have been separated for more than six years, and while they will always care for each other, they have chosen lives apart,” announced a spokesperson for Streep.
This revelation might come as a shock to many, given that Streep was spotted donning her wedding band recently at the Princesa de Asturias Awards 2023. The last public sighting of the couple together dates back to the 2018 Oscars, subtly marking the end of their joint appearances.
The couple’s love story began in 1978 under tragic circumstances. Streep was mourning the loss of her late boyfriend, John Cazale, when she crossed paths with Gummer, a friend of her brother’s. Within six months, they exchanged vows at her parents’ home, embarking on a journey that would withstand the test of time.
They created a haven for their family at their Connecticut compound while also enjoying the artistic vibrancy of their Tribeca loft in New York City, which they eventually sold for $15.8 million in January 2020. Streep further expanded her real estate portfolio with a $4 million home in Pasadena, Calif., acquired in July 2020.
Over the years, Streep and Gummer managed to shield their relationship from the public glare, offering only rare glimpses into their personal life. Streep, in a 2002 interview with Vogue, attributed their marital longevity to “goodwill and willingness to bend — and to shut up every once in a while.” She highlighted the complex dance of managing a bustling career and a nurturing home, emphasizing the holistic need for love and work in her life.
While Streep’s on-screen performances have garnered accolades and admiration, her most profound role has been that of a mother and partner. She openly acknowledged the challenges and uncertainties of motherhood, juxtaposing it with the gratifying yet demanding world of acting.
As the curtains draw on this chapter of their lives, Streep and Gummer’s relationship stands as a testament to their shared history, love, and the complexities of life. They have chosen different paths, but the legacy of their union and the love they continue to share for each other remain indelible in the tapestry of their lives.
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