Long-standing relationships that do not transition into marriage are fairly common in Hollywood. Some think this is a more conducive way to have a relationship in the limelight because it takes some of the pressure off of the union while allowing it to exist without some of the trappings and expectations within legality.
For actors Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger, who were in a committed relationship for 10 years without ever getting married, this was a much better choice in their eyes. One year after their separation, Kruger is opening up about their relationship and some of the things that lead to their eventual demise.
Kruger is quick to point out that the breakup was “a long time coming” and that they had actually officially broken up months before even releasing a statement saying they had gone their separate ways and had decided to remain friends. She also goes on to explain that sort of break up takes time. You don’t really break up with someone who you’ve been with for 10 years overnight. So it was a process when they decided that ending their relationship was the correct decision for them.
When talking about the grieving process in the immediate aftermath of the breakup, she explained that it wasn’t a very urgent or “can’t sleep at night” type of thing. She actually calls the departure from that relationship as “liberating.” Out of that transition, she was able to really focus on a movie role that required a lot of grit and emotion which she’s been receiving critical acclaim for.
When asked if she missed having that type of support system, she responded that it wasn’t something that she needed because it was too much of a distraction. She enjoyed not feeling tied to anything or having to check in with anyone. It was a freedom that afforded her the creative space and depth which allowed her to give one tremendous performance in the film In The Fade which was widely praised at the Cannes film festival in May.
It seems that Kruger, who is now dating The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus, feels quite alright about her high profile split.