Busy Phillips and Mark Silverstein split after 14 years

    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17: Screenwriter/director Mark Silverstein (left) and his wife, actress Pussy Phillips at the after party for the STX Films premiere

    Busy Phillips and Mark Silverstein divorced after nearly 15 years of marriage. During the last episode of the podcast, “Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best” on May 27, Phillips revealed that she and Silverstein have been separated since February 2021, over a year. “It’s been a really long time since Mark and I were separated, our kids know, our families know, our friends know,” she says. “It’s a trip.nay. It was a trip. “

    Philip and Silverstein married on June 16, 2007, and they share two children: 13-year-old Birdie Lee and 8-year-old Cricket Pearl. Over the years, Philip has been open about their relationship, frankly discussing how she nearly divorced Silverstein on several occasions due to disagreements. Speaking about their separation, Phillips made it clear that they chose to keep the details of their relationship private over the past year to protect their children during this sensitive time.

    “The surest way that Mark and I were able to ensure the privacy of our children, which we love so much, was by not involving the public,” she said, choking. “There’s a traditional idea of ​​what anyone is supposed to do in the public eye when their relationship ends, and it’s proven pretty well, isn’t it? You make a statement; you’re committed to remaining friends;” Please respect our and our family’s privacy at this time. But the truth is, who made this rule – that’s how you do it? I am serious. “

    “You can only do what’s right for you and your family.”

    She continued, “And if anything, the past several years have shown me that there’s very little, like, you can just do what works for you and your family, whether or not you have a public life or you post on Facebook or whatever. Because we’re all at this point. We have an audience facing life. You don’t have to follow a traditional idea just because it’s been implemented before. I really believe in that.”

    When Phillips host Casey St. Ong noted that they seem friendly from an outsider’s perspective, the “Girls5eva” star made it clear that she and Silverstein were still there for each other. “Well, we love each other—sooooo much! We have these lovely kids together and there are a lot of things that are really working in our relationship… I really wanted to be able to see things clearly before I publicly talk about [the separation]And now I can clearly see how grateful I am to have children with him and to be the person I can raise my children with.”

    Over the years, the couple has experienced many ups and downs, including many arguments about the unequal division of parenting responsibilities. “[Marc] He did not understand how to be a father, and in fact did not try. She told parents in 2018. “I was a single parent.” “When I told him I wanted a second child, he said, ‘Fine, but it’s all on you. “It was so heartbreaking . . . you will go through periods when you are not [parenting]But there must always be one person willing to fight. I went to Mark a few times and said, “I can’t do this anymore. Something has to change, and it’s you.”

    “We’re in progress but we’re doing our best, and that’s the most you can do.”

    In her 2018 memoir, “It Wouldn’t Hurt A Little,” Phillips explained that this lack of emotional support led her to confide in another man. She said, “There was a guy I was friends with, and another dad. We were having lunch and stuff. Texting. We talk on the phone a lot.” “Honestly, I liked him. I liked him. Maybe I liked him? He obviously liked me too.”

    When Phillips told Silverstein she wanted a divorce, he was shocked. After consulting and treating her best friend, Michelle Williams, Phillips and Silverstein began couples therapy. “This time, Mark got his own therapist. And we started working through it,” she said. “But I also kept talking to my boyfriend (for lack of a better term). I know. This part is really hard. I’m sorry. I really am. I really am.”

    She added in an interview with the parents, “We’ve had a lot of serious discussions and counseling, and it’s incredibly participatory now in a way I don’t think he could have imagined before. We’re a work in progress but we’re trying our best, and that’s the most you can do.”

    Phillips and Silverstein have not shared additional comments about their separation at this time.