Hollywood is full of love stories. Whether they be fictional or real, fans always hope that their favorites celebrities get to have a happily ever after. Sadly, that isn’t always the case as is evidenced by the start and finish of Amy Poehler’s love story with Will Arnett. Dubbed the comedy world’s answer to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, no one saw it coming when Poehler and Arnett called it quits after several years together. Many felt confused at the sudden change in what appeared to be a blissful marriage and it wasn’t until much later that Amy Poehler spoke up about the divorce.
Amy Poehler’s Marriage and Separation From Will Arnett
The first time Amy Poehler and Will Arnett met was in 1996. Arnett saw one of her performances with her improv group Upright Citizens Brigade and she caught his eye instantly. And even though they didn’t hit it off immediately, as Arnett went to see the show with his then-girlfriend, four years later, after meeting through mutual friends, they began dating. Their relationship kept on going strong, and three years later on August 29, 2003, Amy and Will tied the knot.
While they were married, they used their abilities as excellent comics to work on several TV shows and movies together. Among these projects include Arrested Development, Horton Hears a Who!, The Secret World of Arrietty, Parks and Recreation, Spring Breakdown, Blades of Glory, Monsters vs. Aliens and Blades of Glory.
Fans delighted completely in seeing the duo both on and off-screen. Their bond was a beautiful thing to see, so it was no wonder fans became confused when the couple legally separated on September 6, 2012. The belief going around was that Poehler and Arnett were trying to work things out, until Arnett filed for divorce in April 2014. On July 29, 2016, the couple officially divorced.
Amy Poehler stayed silent on the subject until her memoir, Yes Please, was published by HarperCollins imprint Dey Street. Released on October 28, 2014, Poehler touched on the subject of her divorce, though she refused to dive into specifics as it was too sad and too personal. In the memoir, she wrote, ‘When you are a person going through a divorce, you feel incredibly alone, yet you are constantly reminded by society of how frequently divorce happens and how common it has become.’ She also mentioned fellow comic Louis CK as a friend who helped her through the divorce, acting as her relationship sponsor.
Do They Have Any Kids Together?
Before their separation and eventual divorce, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett’s marriage was blessed with two sons; Archibald ‘Archie’ William Emerson, born in October 2008 and Abel James, born in August 2010. Despite their divorce, Amy and Will have raised their two children together, staying on good terms together. In her memoir, she expressed gratitude toward her ex-husband, remarking on how grateful she was that he was their father. Though saddened by the divorce, she also expressed her belief that their ten years together as husband and wife wasn’t a waste.
Amy Poehler lives with her sons in Los Angeles. She praised her children’s nannies for helping take care of her kids, giving her the chance to balance her career and family.
Who is Amy Poehler Currently Dating?
Following the divorce, several rumors began floating as to who Amy Poehler had started dating. The only substantial bit of news in all the rumors was when she began dating fellow comedian Nick Kroll. In her memoir, Poehler expresses gratitude to Kroll for being around to support her during the trying times of going through the divorce. She writes about how he could calm her down whenever she went through a period of high anxiety. The couple began dating in 2013 but would later end their relationship after two years.
After Nick Kroll, Amy Poehler began dating lawyer Benjamin Graf. Based in New York City, Graf is an intellectual property lawyer with Merchant & Gould. Amy and Benjamin were spotted taking a hike together in Los Angeles in May 2016. Even though it’s not quite clear when they began dating, it seems like they were together for a while before they were seen together in 2016.
It was later confirmed in early 2017 that they were a couple. In mid-2018, reports began to circulate that Amy Poehler had split from Graf. It was later confirmed by an insider that after two years together the relationship had officially ended. As of writing, Amy Poehler is currently single.