"Jennifer Is More Than Just A Girlfriend": Why 'Mad Men' Jon Hamm Dated His Ex For 18 Years But Never Married Her

November 28, 2019 16:31

Jon Hamm and his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt, broke up back in 2015. The couple issued a joint statement to PEOPLE, confirming their separation "after 18 years of love and shared history."

We will continue to be supportive of each other in every way possible moving forward.

Jon Hamm began dating Jennifer Westfeldt in 1997, and the two even starred together in the 2011 movie, Friends with Kids. Although the couple didn't marry after nearly two decades of romance, they were lucky to be together and continued to be good friends after the split.

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Jon Hamm's partner was more "than just a girlfriend"

The American actor was dating Jennifer Westfeldt for a really long time, but somehow, they never considered to marry. Nonetheless, such a marriage-free romance was not a burden for the couple.

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Jon Hamm and his former girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt, shared homes in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborhood and the Upper West Side when they were a couple.

We may not have a piece of paper that says we're husband and wife, but after 10 years, Jennifer is more than just a girlfriend. What we have is much deeper, and we both know that.

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Hamm reckons people should marry only when they're ready to have children, but their careers came first for 18 years. In a 2010 interview with Parade, the star said he hadn't had "a marriage chip" and in no hurry to settle down.

I don’t have the marriage chip, and neither of us have the greatest examples of marriages in our families. But Jen is the love of my life, and we’ve already been together four times longer than my parents were married.

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Jon Hamm as a single man

Breaking up with a partner of 18 years is tough, and being single afterward is also complicated. Jon Hamm has been single since 2015, but he said back in 2017, that being all alone "sucks."

In an interview with Instyle magazine, the Mad Men star conceded:

It’s hard. It’s hard to be single after being together for a long time. It’s really hard. It sucks.

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Although it is unknown why Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt decided to part their ways after nearly 20 years, they seem to have chosen different paths for their future. Hopefully, they will be able to find love again, which will make them the happiest forever.