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Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik: It's Over After 4 Years!

Just a little over two years ago, Zooey Deschanel welcomed baby #2 — now a precious little toddler named Charlie Wolf.

She and Jacob Pechenik have been married for four years.

Now, the pair of them have split and released a statement.

Jacob Pechenik and Zooey Deschanel Pic

On Friday afternoon, Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik released a statement to Us Weekly.

“After much discussion and a long period of contemplation,” the solemn and very formal statement begins.

“We have decided,” they share, that “we are better off as friends, business partners, and co-parents.”

“Rather than life partners,” Zooey and Jacob continue.

This statement comes from them, but it reads exactly like what a publicist would write. Which may be what happened.

Zooey Deschanel as Jess

Zooey and Jacob may be going their separate ways, but they don’t want anyone getting the idea that this is less than amicable.

They’re still a team — but no longer a union.

The statement affirms: “We remain committed to our business, our values, and most of all our children.”

“Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time,” they conclude.

That is a bit of a surprise. Some famous couples break up after weeks or months of rumors. Some split without warning.

Jacob Pechenik and Zooey Deschanel

In 2008, Zooey became engaged to Death Cab For Cutie lead vocalist Ben Gabbard.

The two married on September 19, 2009. However, it was not meant to last.

On November 1, 2011, they went public with their separation. It wasn’t even two months later that Zooey filed for divorce.

The December 27, 2011 filing cited “irreconcilable differences,” which is just legal speak for “nobody tried to kill the other but we’re done being married.”

It was nearly a year before that divorce was finalized. Divorce is just a miserable process.

Zooey Deschanel in Black

Zooey and Jacob began publicly dating in August of 2014. 

At first, he almost seemed like a rebound for her after her breakup with writer Jamie Linden.

On January 17, Jacob proposed to Zooey — and she said yes. This came just days after the couple had announced Zooey’s pregnancy.

The 17 is also Zooey’s birthday, making it extra special … and easier to remember for her future husband. (A very pragmatic choice!)

The two were married in private (and in secret) in August of 2015.

Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik Photo

Their daughter, Elsie Otter, was born in July of 2015.

Just about two years later, in May of 2017, their son, Charlie Wolf, was welcomed into the world.

Elsie is four years old. Charlie is two years old.

Zooey also converted to Judaism — Jacob’s religion.

Some fans are already clamoring to know if she’ll stick with her soon-to-be-ex husband’s faith, but we recommend giving her some breathing room.

Zooey Deschanel No Makeup

This is not Zooey’s first divorce, but divorcing when you share two children is a huge deal.

Even when a divorce is totally amicable, deciding upon custody matters can tug at each parent’s heartstrings. Things can get contentious.

And let’s not forget that even the most amicable divorces can sometimes turn acrimonious very quickly.

Kids are a big deal. Money is a big deal. And sometime the human mind doesn’t know how to feel about someone you once loved unless it’s to hate them.

We wish the entire family the best of luck with this difficult transition.

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