Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has been a friend to both series star Jon Hamm and his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt, and the Hollywood couple’s split earlier this month has been hard for both, to say the least.
“It’s a tough time for [both of them],” Weiner told Us Weekly exclusively at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 12. “I know both of them very well. They are both really gifted artists and it’s rough. But it’s also — it was a very long relationship.”
Hamm, 44, and Westfeldt, 45, announced their decision to split after 18 years together on Sept. 7, telling Us in a statement that though they were separating, they would “continue to be supportive of each other in every way possible moving forward.”
The pair first began dating in 1997 after meeting at the party of a mutual friend. They lived together for many years but never married.
An insider told Us that the Hollywood couple “definitely tried” to work out their differences over the years, but a large part of why they ultimately called it quits on their relationship was differing view on family.
“There’s always been a rift,” another source close to the actress told Us. “Because he wanted kids and she didn’t.”
Back in 2011, Hamm opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about his views on raising kids in the spotlight.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for my friends who do balance this particular career with raising a kid, ‘cause it’s a tricky environment to bring them into… So not for us just yet,” he said at the time.
Even so, there always seemed to be plenty of love between the couple. Westfeldt stood by her man this past spring when he went to rehab for alcohol abuse, which makes Hamm feel worse about the split now.
“He felt guilty because Jennifer stood by him for so long when he dealt with his alcoholism,” a source told Us. “It’s sad.”
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