It’s over. Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff have called it quits after five years of dating.
Lena Dunham has never been one to hold back.
The creator of HBO’s “Girls” was candid earlier this year when revealing she had undergone a hysterectomy, following a protracted, painful endometriosis battle. Now, the 32-year-old is opening up about more details about her personal life, including her breakup with musician Jack Antonoff, 34.
“Our relationship probably lasted longer than it should have,” she told New York magazine in a new profile. “He’s a very loyal person, so he was not going to bail when the going got tough. He literally held my hand while I got an enema on New Year’s Eve while his family celebrated.”
The couple dated for five years and officially broke up a month after her hysterectomy. Dunham calls it a mutual decision, and as she looks back now, the actress has found her illness was camouflaging deeper conflicts.
Lena Dunham with Jack Antonoff in 2017. (Photo: Rich Fury, Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
“But when you’re sick, so much energy goes into making sure the other person is well that you’re not even noticing maybe our schedules aren’t compatible,” she said. “Maybe we want different things out of our lives. Maybe we have different attitudes about what family means. Maybe these essential questions that people have to ask themselves all the time are not being asked, because we just want to make sure that I don’t pass out at the grocery store.”
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Since their breakup, Dunham has been spending more time in Los Angeles, and Antonoff has taken over the Brooklyn Heights apartment they once shared. The one topic that still seems sensitive is whether or not Antonoff rebounded with Lorde, Dunham’s close friend. (Antonoff has called the rumors “dumb heteronormative gossip.”)
“I don’t think anything happened between them,” says Dunham now. “I can never know someone else’s life. I have never spoken to Ella (Lorde) about it. We haven’t talked since Jack and I broke up. It was awful, and I couldn’t do anything about it except trust that what he was saying to me was true.”
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