Julie Bowen and the rest of the Modern Family cast may nail the image of a happy family on the sitcom. But in real life, Bowen and her husband of 13 years, Scott Phillips, have just announced that they’re separating. They married in 2004 and have three sons together: 10-year-old Oliver and 8-year-old twins John and Gustav.
Neither Bowen nor Phillips has spoken publicly about the split yet, but Us Weekly points out that just over a year ago, Bowen joked in an interview about how they stayed together because they were “too tired” to get a divorce.
“We watch all these people get married and split up and go, ‘Wait, did they get married after us or before us?'” she told Us Weekly at the time. “We outlast all these people. The answer: We’re too tired to do anything else!”
And just a few months ago, Bowen admitted that she and Phillips were getting help for some marital problems.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in excellent therapy,” she said in November. “Being perfect is not a good model for your children. They need to see that there’s tension or arguments, they need to see those get resolved, they need to see real life — not too much of real life. I’m pretty shy about the news with them, but I think real life has lots of… we’re not perfect people, but we can all love each other.”
Amid their problems, Bowen, Phillips and their kids haven’t been seen out together since February 2017, when they attended a Harlem Globetrotters game as a family. In hindsight, the writing may have been on the wall. Still, we’re heartbroken at the breakup of one of our favorite celeb couples.