After a marriage that lasted for about 45 years, the American star, Meryl Streep, separated from her life partner, Don Gummer.
The 74-year-old star, who won an Academy Award three times, officially announced her divorce from Gomer (76 years old) following an “emotional separation” that occurred 6 years ago, according to what the American “People” magazine reported on Saturday.
According to a statement given to the magazine, Meryl Streep’s representative clarified that Don Gummer and Meryl Streep have been living separately for over 6 years. While they will always have a caring relationship, they have decided to lead separate lives.
It is worth mentioning that despite not making any public appearances together since the 2018 Oscars, Meryl Streep was spotted wearing her wedding ring at the Princesa de Asturias Awards in Spain on Friday, 2023. This event garnered significant attention and sparked curiosity among fans and media alike.
They celebrated on September 30
On September 30, the “Iron Lady” star and Gomer celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.
It is noteworthy that Meryl Streep met Don Gummer, a sculptor from Louisville, Kentucky, in 1978, through her brother, noting that at that time she was mourning the death of her colleague, actor John Cazale, who passed away due to lung cancer.
Over the years, neither Streep nor Gummer spoke much about their love lives, but they were sometimes photographed side by side.
While Streep was achieving great success in the film industry, Gummer also made remarkable accomplishments in the field of fine art. He obtained a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious Yale University and his works have been showcased in exhibitions worldwide since the early 1970s. Explore the impressive artistic journey of Gummer and his renowned artworks, spanning decades and captivating audiences globally.
During an interview with Vogue magazine in 2002, Streep gave a rare glimpse into her relationship with Gomer, stressing that the secret to their long relationship was “good faith and a mutual willingness to bow down and be silent from time to time.”
She also added, “There is no road map on how to start and raise a family. There are always difficult negotiations,” adding, “But I have an all-encompassing need to work and to establish great love connections in my life. I cannot imagine avoiding one for the sake of the other.”
Streep and Gomer have 4 children: Henry, Mamie, Grace, and Louisa. In 1998, Streep told The Washington Post that motherhood was “the most challenging for her.”
Although Streep’s private life rarely appears in front of the cameras, Gummer was the first person she thanked when she received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 2012 film “The Iron Lady.”
She said at the time: “First, I will thank Don because I want him to know that everything valuable in our lives was the one he gave to me.”