Zooey Deschanel’s First Ex-Husband Was Happy to Leave the Limelight


Zooey Deschanel is a quirky actor and singer who has been in the spotlight for more than two decades. Well-known for her long-running comedy series New Girlthe star has also appeared in movies like Elf, Yes Man, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxyand The Happening. Since Deschanel has been in Hollywood for such a long time, fans have developed a strong interest in the actor’s personal life. While she’s currently in a high-profile relationship with a reality TV star, she’s actually got two ex-husbands, one of whom retreated from the spotlight after their marriage ended.

Who was Zooey Deschanel’s first ex-husband?

Actress Zooey Deschanel (L) and musician Benjamin Gibbard arrive at the premiere of Fox Searchlight’s “(500) Days Of Summer” at the Egyptian Theater June 24, 2009 in Hollywood, California. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Deschanel appeared in her first Hollywood film in 1999. By 2000, she landed a featured role in the movie Almost Famous which put her on the map. Over the years that followed, Deschanel became a major star. Her personal life of hers thrived as well, with the star getting engaged to musician Ben Gibbard in late 2008. They were married in 2009. But in November 2011, the couple announced their separation. Us Magazine reported that there seemed to be no animosity between the couple, noting that the split was “mutual and amicable.”


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