Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik Split After 4 Years of Marriage

Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik called it an exit.

The 39-year-old actress and the 47-year-old filmmaker announced that they had separated after four years of marriage in the joint statement on ET on Friday. Together they shared two children, 4-year-old daughter Elise and 2-year-old son Charlie.

The statement said: “After many discussions and long-term thinking, we believe that we are better friends, business partners and common parents than life partners.” “We are always committed to our business, our values, and most importantly Our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy.”

After less than a year of dating, Deschanel and Pechenik married in an intimate ceremony in June 2015. They announced that they expected their first child to be together in January of that year and would be involved shortly thereafter.

In January last year, ET spoke with Deschanel at the 2018 Winter TV Critics Association Press Tour, where she talked about taking care of young sons.

“He’s so cute I can’t handle how cute he is, he’s the sweetest little guy,” she gushed over her baby boy. “He smiles all the time. If he were here, he’d just be smiling at you.”