Meryl Streep SPLITS from longtime husband Don Gummer after 45 years of marriage as couple reveal they’ve been separated ‘for more than SIX YEARS’ but say they’ll ‘always care’ for one another


By Jacqueline Lindenberg For Dailymail.Com

05:17 21 Oct 2023, updated 07:10 21 Oct 2023

  • The pair tied the knot in 1978 and have four children and also five grandchildren 
  • In a statement, the actress and sculptor revealed ‘they have chosen lives apart’ 
  • Despite their shock separation, Meryl and Don ‘will always care for each other’



Meryl Streep and husband of 45 years, Don Gummer, have revealed they’ve been separated ‘for more than six years’ after deciding to have ‘lives apart.’ 

In a statement shared to Page Six, a spokesperson expressed that The Devil Wears Prada actress, 74, and the sculptor, 76, ‘have been separated for more than 6 years, and while they will always care for each other, they have chosen lives apart.’ 

The pair initially tied the knot in 1978 and share four children: Henry, 43, Mamie, 40, Grace, 37, and Louisa Jacobson, 30.

According to the outlet, Streep – who attended the Princesa de Asturias Awards on Friday – was seen last seen together with Gummer while attending the 2018 Oscars ceremony. 

The former couple were first introduced through Meryl’s brother in 1978, and said ‘I do’ later that same year in September during a romantic ceremony in the garden of her parents house. 

Shock split: Meryl Streep, 74, and husband of 45 years, Don Gummer, 76, have revealed they’ve been separated ‘for more than six years’ after deciding to have ‘lives apart’; seen in 2018 in Hollywood
‘Lives apart’: In a statement shared to Page Six , a spokesperson expressed that The Devil Wears Prada actress, 74, and the sculptor, 76, ‘have been separated for more than 6 years, and while they will always care for each other, they have chosen lives apart’; seen in 1980

The nuptials took place six months after her late boyfriend and fellow actor, John Cazale, passed away in March 1978 following a diagnosis of lung cancer.

One year after his death, the Mamma Mia! star reflected on the loss, and told People at the time, ‘The death is still very much with me. It has forced me to confront my own mortality, and once you do that, you look at things differently.’

Following his death, the actress needed to move out of the apartment she had shared with Cazale, and received help from her brother and one of his friends – who happened to be Gummer.

Meryl and Don became close and he let Meryl sublet his apartment in New York City when he was not in the Big Apple. The pair began to exchange letters, and a friendship soon turned into something more serious.  

During the course of their marriage, Meryl and Gummer – who has his MFA from Yale University – welcomed four children, and also have five grandchildren. 

Back in 2002, the star opened up about her relatioship with the artist, and informed Vogue that the secret to their long-lasting marriage was, ‘goodwill and willingness to bend – and to shut up every once in a while.’ 

She further explained, ‘There’s no road map on how to raise a family: It’s always an enormous negotiation.’

‘But I have a holistic need to work and to have huge ties of love in my life. I can’t imagine eschewing one for the other.’ 

Family: The pair initially tied the knot in 1978 and share four children: Henry, 43, Mamie, 40, Grace, 37, and Louisa Jacobson, 30; seen in 2015 in Hollywood
Tying the knot: The former couple were first introduced through Meryl’s brother in 1978, and said ‘I do’ later that same year in September during a romantic ceremony in the garden of her parents house; seen in 1981
Big supporter: The pair have been supportive of each other’s careers, and Don has joined Streep at various award ceremonies throughout the years, including the Academy Awards and the BAFTAs; seen in 2014 in Hollywood

Their children have also followed in their parents’ artistic footsteps, with their son Henry becoming a music artist. Louisa is known for starring in the HBO Max series titled, The Gilded Age. 

Mamie has also taken roles in front of the camera, and starred in projects such as Heartburn and Emily Owens, M.D. Grace has appeared in Dr. Death, Mr. Robot and also American Horror Story: Freak Show. 

In regards to raising their children, Streep expressed during an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in 2019 that both she and Gummer focused on ‘teamwork.’

‘Teamwork is everything. My husband Don was…very involved. He was a little more relaxed when it comes to raising kids. I was more of a tiger mom.’

She gushed that the artist was ‘always happy to look after the children’ and that she felt ‘not as guilty’ about being away for longer periods of time while working on sets.

The pair have been supportive of each other’s careers, and Don has joined Streep at various award ceremonies throughout the years, including the Academy Awards and the BAFTAs. 

She has received various accolades during her career thus far, including eight Golden Globes and also three Oscars. 

‘Teamwork’: In regards to raising their children, Streep expressed during an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in 2019 that both she and Gummer focused on ‘teamwork’; seen in 2004
First meeting: Following his death, the actress needed to move out of the apartment she had shared with Cazale, and received help from her brother and one of his friends – who happened to be Gummer; seen in 2012 in Hollywood
Opening up: Back in 2002, the star opened up about her relatioship with the artist, and informed Vogue that the secret their long-lasting marriage was, ‘goodwill and willingness to bend – and to shut up every once in a while’; seen in 2014 in NYC

In 2012, Meryl mentioned Don at the beginning of her speech after winning Best Actress for Iron Lady. 

‘First, I’m going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music, and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives, you’ve given me,’ she sweetly expressed, per People.   

Aside from the Connecticut home where the former couple lived and raised their family, the two also owned a loft in the Tribeca neighborhood in NYC until it was sold in 2020 for $15.8 million, per Page Six. 

Later that same year, the It’s Complicated actress notably purchased a home in Pasadena for $4 million. 

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