As sad as it is to say, Hollywood couples come and go almost as quickly as you can say “prenup.” It can be hard for fans to say goodbye to these iconic celebrity duos, and this was certainly the case for Anna Faris and Chris Pratt. This power couple was married for eight years and seemed like the perfect pair of goofballs – but even America’s sweethearts couldn’t survive the whirlwind that is Tinseltown.
When Anna Faris and Chris Pratt’s marriage crumbled in front of our eyes, we knew we’d get over it eventually – but what we never expected was for Chris’ popularity to take a massive U-turn. Yes, in recent years Chris Pratt has gone from being one of Hollywood’s most-loved actors to the most-hated, and it’s clear to see that Anna is still being affected by her ex-husband’s actions. Thankfully, fans are on her side, as they believe that what Chris posted online was unforgivable…
Once Upon a Time, They Fell in Love on a Movie Set…
While Anna Faris and Chris Pratt are now strangers with a complicated history, there was once a time when they were two strangers, both cast in the same movie. They met in 2007 on the set of Take Me Home Tonight and quickly bonded over their shared experiences. After all, they both grew up around 20 minutes away from each other in Washington state before moving to LA to pursue a career in Hollywood.
At the time of filming, Anna Faris was actually married to fellow actor Ben Indra – and she maintains that she stayed faithful to her husband during this time. But by the time the movie was eventually released after multiple delays in 2011, Anna and Ben had divorced, and Anna and Chris were married. At the movie premiere, Pratt confessed that “This is a pretty spectacular moment for us, to be able to come to this movie that we met on and fell in love making.”
The Couple Married in 2009 as Chris Knew Anna Was ”The One”
According to Chris, he fell in love with Anna the first time he met her – and he instantly knew that she was “The One.” Of course, he kept his distance from his married co-star until he realized that she was once again single. And when the opportunity arose, he decided to shoot his shot… and it worked! The couple started dating shortly after Faris and Indra filed for divorce in 2007.
Eager to start their lives together, Chris didn’t wait too long to put a ring on it. After asking Anna to marry him in 2008, they planned a small wedding ceremony on the beach in Bali to make their love official. Fans of the self-proclaimed goofballs were over the moon to see them so happy. But as we all know, nothing good lasts forever.
In 2012, Their Son Was Born Nine Weeks Premature With Serious Health Problems
After embracing their newlywed bliss, both Anna and Chris were able to maintain their happy marriage while also pushing forward with their respective careers. They were dubbed a Hollywood “power couple” and fans couldn’t wait to see them become parents. Sadly, when the couple discovered that they were pregnant in 2012, there were complications.
Faris and Pratt welcomed their son Jack in August 2012, but this was much earlier than they had expected him. He was born nine weeks premature with a cerebral hemorrhage, and he weighed just 3 pounds and 12 ounces. He had to spend a whole month in the NICU, and the couple were told that it was likely that Jack would have severe learning difficulties. Naturally, this took a toll on the couple, but they were determined to push through and give Jack the best life they could.
The Struggles They Faced With Jack Seemed to Bring the Couple Closer Together
Anna and Chris spent the first month of Jack’s life traveling to and from the NICU to check up on him, but when he was finally allowed home they were given hopeful news. While Jack had a few problems with his eyes, would need corrective surgery, and would need to wear glasses for the rest of his life, he had no other developmental problems. Therefore, they could move on and enjoy their new lives as a new family.
If anything, the struggles they faced with Jack seemed to bring Anna and Chris together even more. In 2015, Chris gushed about his wife in a Reddit AMA, writing that “Anna and I are meant to be together. Our relationship has made me believe in divine intervention and destiny… Anna is a great wife. Very patient and understanding. Very supportive. So kind and genuine always. And she gave me a wonderful son and family of in-laws that I truly love.”
They Had Big Dreams for the Future, but Navigating Life in Hollywood Wasn’t Easy
As they balanced parenthood with their careers on the big screen, Anna and Chris knew that they had to keep going. In fact, they knew that to achieve what they wanted in life they needed to work extra hard, and that the key to their relationship was to keep their “eyes on the prize.” After all, they had the same dream of leaving Hollywood behind in search of a quieter life.
Chris and Anna told Entertainment Tonight that “These are the work years. The gravy years are to come… The way we work it out is we just take at least one moment every day to be present with one another…We’re so lucky that we have the same sense of humor. We dream about having a little bit of a farm one day.” Unfortunately, it seemed as though there was too much going on behind-the-scenes for this dream to come true.
Their Marriage Was Plagued With Cheating Rumors, Which Anna Tried to Ignore
Like all Hollywood relationships, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt struggled with being two popular figures in the public eye. Everyone wanted to have their say on their relationship and their family, and the tabloids came up with stories that suited their narrative and tried to tear them down. Anna spoke about this pressure shortly after Chris was accused on cheating on her with his Passengers co-star, Jennifer Lawrence.
Anna told People that “I just remember feeling so hurt in a way that bothered me, because I didn’t want to think of myself as somebody who could be bothered by tabloid s—. I take pride in how great my relationship is with Chris, but having said that, of course, in this crazy world where he’s off doing movies and I’m in LA raising our child, of course I’m going to feel vulnerable, like any normal human would.” In the end, this pressure proved to be all too much.
In 2017, the Couple Formally Announced Their Split on Social Media
On August 6, 2017, the world was rocked by a shock announcement on both Chris and Anna’s social media pages. In matching social media posts, they confirmed to the world that they were breaking up and legally separating. They noted that they were “disappointed” by the direction their marriage had taken, but that they were committed to co-parenting amicably.
Their official announcement stated that, “Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.” But some people wondered whether this really was a joint decision…
They Received Joint Custody of Jack, but Fans Noticed a Distinct Change in Chris
It wasn’t long before Chris and Anna’s separation turned to divorce, and during their divorce proceedings, they both petitioned for joint custody of their son Jack. Their request was granted and fans were interested to see how the two ex-spouses would continue to live their lives and parent their son without being married. But then things began to change…
In the few months following his divorce, Chris Pratt seemed to become a completely different person. He was focusing more on working out and posting photos of his muscles on social media, his captions were becoming more and more cryptic, and he seemed to have lost some of his goofball ways. As the months went on, things became even more intense.
At the 2017 Teen Choice Awards, Chris Acknowledged His Newfound Faith
By the time 2017 came around, Chris was going through a very transitional stage in his life. While he had almost always been known as a secondary goofball character in whatever show or movie he starred in, his roles were changing. Sure enough, he had become a leading man and was winning awards left, right, and center. And at the Teen Choice Awards that year he won Choice Sci-Fi Actor and wrote a very strange speech for the event.
As he accepted his surfboard award he noted that “I would not be here with the ease and grace I have in my heart without my lord and savior, Jesus Christ.” Fans were instantly taken aback. While they knew that Chris was a religious man, it seemed as though he had taken his faith up a notch since his divorce. And this became more and more clear as time went on.
Chris Was Criticized for His Involvement With a Controversial Church
Chris became more and more vocal about his newfound faith and even went as far as to erect a giant cross in his backyard on Easter Sunday. He confessed that, “Despite what the Bible says about divorce my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk.”
And while many fans loved to see the actor embracing this humble side of his life, there were others who weren’t as convinced. Especially as Chris was associated with a church that had come under fire over the years. The Zoe Church in L.A was branded “famously anti-LGBTQ” by actor Elliot Page in 2019, and the church’s practices – including a strict 21-day diet – have been questioned over the years.
Chris Has Always Stood by the Church, Despite the Haters
Chris has been the subject of major backlash due to his allegiance to the church, and despite the fact that this has lost him fans and affected his standing in Hollywood, he has loyally stood by the church ever since. He even went as far as to write about Zoe Church on Instagram, in an attempt to squash the rumors about it.
In one post he wrote that, “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ. Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.” However, this did nothing to win over the fans he had lost – especially as he has continued his religious journey with a new woman by his side.
Chris Quickly Fell in Love and Married Fellow Churchgoer Katherine Schwarzenegger
While it’s not known if Anna Faris is as religious as her ex-husband, it’s been suggested that Chris’ deepening and intensifying faith pushed them further apart. In fact, many fans believe that his current wife is proof that religion played a part in his divorce. He’s now married to the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and avid churchgoer, Katherine Schwarzenegger.
The couple even met at church, with Chris stating that they fell in love while attending regular church service. And after dating for a short while, their relationship progressed quickly when, in January 2019, he announced that they were engaged. They tied the knot in June that year, with many wondering how his son Jack would fit into this new life.
Chris and Katherine Had Their First Child, but All Eyes Were on Anna
A year into their marriage, Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger went from being husband and wife to being parents. Of course, this was Chris’ second child, but the first for Katherine – and she was over the moon to be a mom to a daughter. And while some fans were excited to see Chris become a dad for the second time, they couldn’t help but focus on Anna Faris and Jack.
A source told E! News that Anna and Chris were “on good terms and have a nice relationship” and that Anna was “happy for Jack to be a big brother.” However, some fans were skeptical. It had been months since Chris had been spotted with his son Jack, and many wondered whether he had simply moved on from his old life. This notion only got worse when Chris posted something very controversial on social media…
Chris Found Himself in Hot Water When He Spoke About His ”Healthy Daughter”
Chris made no secret of the fact that his marriage and his new daughter were bound and molded by their shared faith, as Chris regularly spoke about this on Instagram. However, a certain post in November 2021 didn’t sit well with those at home – and it immediately sparked a debate. In his eyes, he was just writing a gushing post about his wife. But fans saw it as something else.
Below a picture of him and his wife, Chris wrote “Guys. For real. Look how she’s looking at me! I mean. Find you somebody that looks at you like that!! You know!? We met in church. She’s given me an amazing life, a gorgeous healthy daughter, she chews so loudly that sometimes I put in my ear buds to drown it out, but that’s love! She helps me with everything. In return, periodically, I open a jar of pickles. That’s the trade.”
The Internet Quickly Rallied Around Anna Faris When They Saw This Post
Although some could see that Chris was celebrating his wife and his life with Katherine, there were others who didn’t understand the words “healthy daughter” – and they even saw this as a dig towards his ex-wife, Anna Faris, and their son, Jack. His seemingly sweet words turned sour extremely quickly, and the internet quickly rallied around Anna Faris when they realized that his words were not ok.
Fans took to Twitter to write about the social media post, with people writing things like “The real political divide in America can be summed up b[y] whether u think this post from Chris Pratt comes off as a) sweet [a]nd normal or b) Cringe and insane” and “This is literally so gross. It reads like ‘my new wife gave me a *healthy* child unlike you, Anna Faris.’ Anna and Jack deserve so much better.”
Chris Responded, but His Religious Message Didn’t Include an Apology
Chris Pratt’s Instagram post to his wife was all everyone could talk about during this time, and it was clear that countless fans across the world were upset with his choice of words. They hoped that the actor would come forward and apologize for his message, but instead he took to Instagram to talk about how his faith perked him up when he was feeling down – and that everyone “should listen to some good worship music” to cheer themselves up.
In this video message, he said, “Good morning everybody. I went to bed last night really upset and depressed and I woke up feeling crappy and I didn’t want to work out. I knew though if I put on my Christian music playlist and I got out in the woods and ran I’d feel better but I just didn’t want to and I did it anyways and gosh was I right. It felt amazing. I got out in the woods and got my blood pumping and God is sat there right next to me.”
His Lack of Acknowledgement Made Fans Rally Around Anna Even More
Chris was already on thin ice with his fans after the “healthy daughter” comment, but his lack of apology or acknowledgment was the final straw for some. They couldn’t believe that he had written such a thing and then responded with a video about how he was upset, and this just gave more people the chance to pledge their allegiance from Chris to Anna.
The internet was once again awash with comments from Anna’s followers, who wrote things like “Let’s focus on praising HER than paying him any attention. She is a comedic GODDESS,” and “May we all be like Anna Faris: so beloved that the entirety of the internet drags our ex for us.” Around this time, Anna also opened up a little more about the intricacies of her old marriage, proving that it wasn’t as loved-up as we thought it had been.
During a Podcast Episode, Anna Claimed That She Ignored Warning Signs With Chris
Since moving on from Chris Pratt, Anna Faris has also moved on with her career – and she’s now the host of her very own podcast called Anna Faris Is Unqualified. On this podcast, she speaks to celebrity guests about a whole range of topics, and in 2021 she told actress Rachel Wilson that she felt as though her “hand was forced” in her divorce from Chris.
She opened up about her marriage and the situation that she found herself in, and she confessed that “For me, I think after every breakup, at some point I realize that there were a lot of things I ignored that I really shouldn’t have. In hindsight, it felt like my hand was forced. I don’t think it was ever an independent decision.” But that isn’t all she had to say about her ex-husband and their relationship.
Anna Also Suggested That She Kept the Truth About Her Marriage a Secret
During this podcast episode, Anna Faris also spoke to Rachel Bilson about the fact that she didn’t really open up to her husband about the doubts, struggles, or difficulties that she was facing in their marriage. She also maintains that she didn’t have a tight-knit group of girlfriends at the time, so she felt as though she couldn’t talk to anyone about how she was feeling.
She stated that “I think it stunted me in a lot of ways. One of them being that I never talked about any issues, so to the people, even who I was closest to, I’m sure things were more transparent with my relationship with Ben, but with Chris, I think that we both protected that imagery even within our close circles.” Since the podcast episode with Rachel, Anna has also opened up to Gwyneth Paltrow about her struggles.
She Also Claimed That There Was a Sense of Competition Between Her and Chris
During an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow in 2021, Anna opened up about her past experiences with her actor husbands – and her current relationship with a man outside of the public eye. She confessed that dating another man in the same profession as her only caused problems, and that this was certainly a negative factor in her marriage to Chris Pratt.
She told Gwyneth that, “My two other marriages were with actors and I don’t think we did a great job of eliminating competitiveness. Or at least I didn’t, being a proud person, and not wanting to reveal vulnerability. Any hint of competitiveness and comparison, I didn’t handle that very well, I don’t think. And I hope I’ve grown from that.” But despite Anna’s revelations, fans were still worried about her when Chris announced a development in his life in 2022.
Now a Father of Three, Fans Are Worried That Chris Has Left Behind His Only Son
In May 2022, Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger announced the arrival of their second daughter – and they seemed to be over the moon with the new addition to their family. The couple has kept their kids relatively guarded from paparazzi and the public eye ever since, but they still often go on walks with their strollers covered. However, fans have noticed that someone is noticeably missing.
Although Chris is now a father of three, he is rarely seen with his first child and only son Jack. Instead, he normally spends all of his time with his mom, leaving many fans to question whether Chris has simply left his old family behind in favor of his new one. This has negatively impacted the public perception of him, especially as Anna’s new partner seems to be embracing this step-dad role with Jack.
Today, Anna Has a New Husband Who Is Also a Great Step-Father
Around the same time that Chris started dating Katherine, Anna herself found a new partner. She reportedly started dating cinematographer Michael Barrett in September 2017, and while he’s still in the entertainment world, Michael tends to stay behind the scenes. The couple decided to keep their relationship under wraps for a few years, but then they had some big news to share in 2020.
Although rumors started floating around in 2020 that the couple was engaged, it wasn’t until Anna appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden that she confirmed the news. In 2021, she then confirmed that they had gotten married in a courthouse wedding a few weeks earlier and that her new family unit worked perfectly. She had a loving husband and a man who doted on her son Jack.
Fans Will Always Remember Chris and Anna, but With a Sour Taste in Their Mouths
While both Anna and Chris have moved on with their lives and their relationships, they will still always be bonded by the memories they shared, the marriage they had, and the son that they brought into the world together. And while we don’t exactly know what goes on behind closed doors with this co-parenting pair, it’s fair to say that public opinion of these two is no longer equal.
As Chris leans more into his faith and his new family, fans can’t help but think that his priorities have changed – and not in a good way. While there’s no doubt that he’s a doting husband and father to his two daughters, what is the dynamic between him, Anna, and Jack? Some fans can’t help but feel sorry for Anna, who seems to have been dealt the short end of the stick.