After months of breakup rumors, Mad Men actor Jon Hamm and his girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt, have pulled the plug on their long-term relationship after nearly two decades together.
The celebrity couple announced the news via a joint statement on September 7, which read, “With great sadness, we have decided to separate after 18 years of love and shared history.” Although they did not specify why they actually broke up, they did add, “We will continue to be supportive of each other in every way possible moving forward.”
Hamm, 44, and 45-year-old Westfeldt made their final public appearance as a couple in New York in mid-July when they attended a party, although their relationship had first come under scrutiny in April, when InTouch magazine reported that screenwriter Westfeldt had dumped her boyfriend just prior to his month-long stint in rehab for alcoholism. However, a rep for Hamm called this story “not true.”
This breakup is not the first of the actor’s troubles this year. He has had a difficult time since his seven-season hit AMC show Mad Men ended earlier in May. He had also admitted in the past that having to play the troubled character of Don Draper on the series was taking a major toll on his own psyche. “Playing this guy does not come without its own difficulties, it’s not fun to live in this guy’s headspace after a year,” he revealed. Soon after confessing this to Vanity, he discreetly checked himself into rehab in February.
Although Hamm and Westfeldt started dating in 1997, neither were they married, nor did they have any children, which makes the celebrity couple’s split a bit easier.
They collaborated on the 2011 movie Friends with Kids, which she wrote, directed, and starred in, while he served as a co-producer with a small starring role. When questioned about starting his own family that year, he confessed to Hollywood Reporter that having kids wasn’t for the couple “just yet.” Seeing as how their relationship didn’t last, that was probably for the better.
“Mad Men star Jon Hamm confirms 18-year relationship with Jennifer Westfeldt is over after months of speculation,” Daily Mail web site, September 7, 2015.