Lena Dunham and her longtime boyfriend, musician Jack Antonoff, have broken up after over five years together.
On Jan. 9, Dunham’s representative confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the couple had officially split, adding that the breakup “was amicable.”
Lunham rose to national prominence by creating and starring in the HBO series “Girls.” Antonoff is best known for fronting the band Bleachers and playing lead guitar for the Grammy-nominated band fun. The celebrity couple met on a blind date arranged by Dunham’s sister and comedian Mike Birbiglia in 2012. Antonoff later recalled that he instantly connected with Dunham.
“I told Lena everything about my whole life, because when you really like someone, you want them to know everything about you,” Antonoff told Vulture in June 2014.
The musician also expressed interest in having children with Dunham, stating: “I’ve never met people who have kids who haven’t looked me in the eye and been like: ‘It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened.'”
Engagement rumors swirled around the couple for years. They asserted that they would not wed until same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was the law of the land in June 2015, Dunham said that she and Antonoff were still not ready for matrimony.
“We were like, those were our beliefs, but then we were like we’re not going to suddenly just get engaged because it became legal,” Dunham said during an interview on “The Ellen Show” in October 2015. “We better wait for a moment when we feel excited about this. I’m excited to marry him at some point but it felt like a lot of pressure to just go for it that day.”
In April 2016, Dunham took to social media to flaunt a ring that Antonoff had gifted her for their anniversary. According to Dunham’s post, the moonstone and peridot band was not an engagement ring but a “friendship ring.”
In October 2016, Dunham and Antonoff celebrated five years and six months together as a couple.
“Our 5.5 year anniversary was yesterday,” Dunham wrote on Instagram, sharing a photograph of her and Antonoff posing together in comfort wear. “Still working hard to impress him in surprising ways.”
Earlier that month, the actress penned an ode to her boyfriend.
“It’s safe to say that before Jack my life was full of far fewer sights,” Dunham wrote in Variety. “He showed me the importance of making political statements using your public platform. He showed me the joy of collaboration.”
On Jan. 8, Dunham held a social media livestream to address her fans after her split with Antonoff. The actress was still wearing the friendship ring he had given her, according to People.
“I’m wearing this ring that Jack gave me, and I’ll always wear it because love is a really cool, powerful, eternal thing,” Dunham said.
The actress added: “Things can be, ‘You know what, you’re a drop of water, and then you reenter the ocean.’ … I’m really thankful for the love.”