Well, 2018 is just getting underway, and we have gotten news of the first major celebrity split of the year. Girls star Lena Dunham and musician Jack Antonoff have confirmed through reps that they’ve split after five years together. The news comes as a bit of a surprise. Dunham and Antonoff have maintained a relatively low profile in recent months, but nothing that would have raised suspicion. Then again, the dearth of posts together on social media is a strong indicator in this day and age that a split has happened. Either way, this news is unexpected because, well, Dunham and Antonoff seemed to be a totally solid couple right up until their split.
Entertainment Tonight was able to get a statement from Dunham’s rep, Cindi Berger, about the split. “The breakup is amicable,” Berger told the outlet, but she didn’t go into further detail about when exactly the split happened or what the inciting incident was.
However, E! News was able to get some more info from an insider, but take this with a grain of salt. “[The split] was mutual. Jack and Lena were growing apart and it just made sense for them to end their relationship where it was.”
The source added, “They want the best for each other no matter what. They are both moving on.”
Admittedly, if one were to look through Dunham’s social media accounts, there’s evidence things seemed a little touch-and-go in the last couple of months. While she and Antonoff have always been very honest about their relationship and open to sharing on social media, Dunham’s final shot of the two of them together on Instagram in October 2017 was a bit… odd.
“Since I dyed my hair blue he sings a song about how I am a troll looking for some trolls snacks and troll friends and he’s not wrong,” she captioned a photo of her, nuzzled into Antonoff with her short blue hair slight visible.
Then, things got a bit more unusual in November 2017 when Dunham posted this mini-thread to her Twitter. “I thought Jack was furtively planning a proposal to me with his sister and he just admitted I actually caught him ‘talking shit’ about me!” she wrote.
Now I literally can't sleep cuz I'm laughing too hard and I am also keeping him awake. 5.5 years, no rock and you know what? It's real nice.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 2, 2017
Dunham continued, “Now I literally can’t sleep cuz I’m laughing too hard and I am also keeping him awake. 5.5 years, no rock and you know what? It’s real nice.” It’s obviously hard to know whether this was a serious matter or if this is just evidence of the nature of Dunham and Antonoff’s relationship during the good times, but considering this Tweet was posted just two months before they confirmed their split, it’s hard to not imagine this tweet could have been an early sign of the impending split.
Dunham and Antonoff haven’t publicly posted anything on their own social media accounts to confirm the split or indicate their newly single status, but either way, we should probably send them well wishes as they venture back into the single life.