Busy Philipps and husband Marc Silverstein have been separated for over a year

Busy Philipps has been estranged from her husband, Marc Silverstein, since February 2021, she revealed on her podcast Friday.

“Marc and I have been apart for a very long time, and our kids know that, our families know that, our friends know that,” the actress told her “Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best” co-hosts.

“And we really discussed, like, how do I handle this in public? Because when we first broke up, it was like February of last year.

Philipps, 42, went on to explain why she and Silverstein, 50, chose not to follow typical Hollywood breakup protocol.

“There’s, like, a conventional idea of ​​what a person in the public eye is supposed to do when their relationship ends, and it’s very well established, isn’t it? Like, you do a statement, you’re “committed to remaining friends”, “please respect our and our family’s privacy at this time”, right? But the truth is, like, who came up with this rule, it’s like that you do it? I’m serious.”

Philipps and Marc Silverstein sit together on a couch.
The estranged couple made the decision to keep their separation private.
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She continued: “And if anything, the last few years have shown me that it’s kind of like, like, you can only do what’s good for you and your family, whether or not you have a public life or whether you just post on Facebook or whatever. Because we all, at this point, have a public-facing life. You don’t have to follow a conventional idea just because it’s been done before. I really believe it.

The “Dawson’s Creek” alum shared that although she and the screenwriter briefly “talked” about releasing a statement when they broke up, they mutually agreed against it.

“It made us both really sick,” she said of the idea.

Philipps busy with the Birdie and Cricket children.
The couple share two children: Birdie, 13, and Cricket, 8.
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The now estranged couple married on June 16, 2007 and share two children: Birdie, 13, and Cricket, 8.

“It’s a trip. Day-ney. It’s been a journey“Added Philipps before tearing up and continuing, “The surest way for Marc and I to ensure the privacy of our children who we love so much is not to implicate the public.

His co-host Caissie St. Onge then chimed in to add, “If you allow me, you guys are the least apart people I’ve probably ever known.”

“Well, we love each other very much,” Philipps replied. “And we have these beautiful children together. And there are a lot of things that really work in our relationship.

Marc Silverstein and Busy Philipps at an event.
The couple married in 2007.
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In 2018, Philips revealed to Parents Magazine that Silverstein didn’t understand “how to be a dad” following the birth of their oldest child, Birdie, who is non-binary.

“He didn’t understand how to be a father and, in fact, didn’t try. I was a single parent,” she said at the time. “When I told him I wanted to have a second child, he said, ‘Okay, but it’s all up to you.’ It was so heartbreaking.

Even after welcoming daughter Cricket, the producer’s disinterest in being an active dad led the ‘I Feel Pretty’ star to give her husband an ultimatum.

Marc Silverstein and Busy Philipps at an event.
Early in their relationship, Silverstein showed a disinterest in being an active father, Philipps said.
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“Marriage is always tough, but especially when you have kids. … You’re going to go through times where you’re not in it, but there always has to be someone out there who’s ready to fight,” she said. “I went to see Marc several times and said, ‘I can’t do this anymore. Something has to change, and that’s you.

While Philipps claimed at the time that Silverstein had finally become “incredibly participatory” in the lives of their children, their marriage was still on shaky ground.

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

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