The past 12 months have seen an unprecedented amount of shock celebrity splits, from Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth to Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk.
This week however it was a former split that made news, with past couple Chris Evans and Jenny Slate trending once more.
The notoriously private former couple ended their on-again, off-again relationship in 2018, with fans hoping for a reunion in the future.
This week however, it was announced that Jenny Slate was engaged, with the actress announcing that her art curator boyfriend Ben Shattuck had popped the question, just 18 months after her split from Chris Evans.
‘He took me to France and made a picnic and made me feel happy and free and then he asked me to marry him and i screamed YES,' she posted to her Instagram alongside a series of photographs to celebrate the news. ‘I love you @benshattuck_art, you are the kindest and brightest and I am so grateful and here we go and keep going.’
So, it looks like a door has finally closed on Jenny and Chris.
‘To be quite honest, I didn’t think I was his type’, Jenny explained to New York magazine after their initial split, describing how the couple met on the set of their film, Gifted. ‘We’re an odd match’.
She continued: ‘Chris is truly one of the kindest people I've ever met, to the point where sometimes I would look at him and it would kind of break my heart. He's really vulnerable, and he's really straightforward. He's like primary colours. He has beautiful, big, strong emotions, and he's really sure of them. It's just wonderful to be around. His heart is probably golden-coloured, if you could paint it.’
It seemed, however, that his intense fame was too much for Jenny to handle back then. ‘Chris is a very, very famous person’, she explained, ‘for him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go. I sit in my window and I say “Hi” to people on the street. I have more freedom because I’m not Captain America. I’m mostly a cartoon.’
‘The stress that I saw him be put under, I've never seen that before, and he handled that really gracefully’, she explained, ‘he's not stressed. I was the person that was stressed.’
Going on to explain their reason for breaking up originally, Jenny explained how the attention was getting too much, stating ‘this is what I needed to feel normal, to be alone.’
She continued: ‘If you are a woman who really cares about her freedom, her rights, her sense of being an individual, it is confusing to go out with one of the most objectified people in the entire world.’
‘I'd love to be his friend one day, but we threw down pretty hard. No regrets, though. Ever.’
Congratulations to Jenny and Ben.
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