Lena Dunham has explained just how amicable her breakup was with musician Jack Antonoff.
The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actress and the Bleachers singer dated from 2012 until late 2017, and they even made their home together. In a new piece for home decor magazine Domino, which centered on finding her home in the world, Dunham wrote about the last time she saw the apartment they shared.
It was “when we agreed, with love, that someone had to go.”
She recalled that Antonoff said, “You can finally eat in the bed without anyone getting mad at you,” and that he said it “through tears.”
Dunham noted that she and Antonoff had chosen the home as a place to “build a future, consider children.” She described decorating it herself because her unnamed significant other was on tour.
“And he hated it,” Dunham wrote. “He didn’t want to hate it. He tried not to hate it.”
While Dunham preferred a more eclectic space, she said Antonoff leaned toward a Restoration Hardware couch.
When the couple finally split, she said she immediately did something that she regretted. She snapped up a big-ticket purchase, a $2.9 million New York City apartment, only to put it on the market for less a few months later.
“I made a massive real-estate mistake, the kind that nightmares are made of,” Dunham wrote. “I bought something in a state of panic, feeling like if I didn’t put down roots soon I’d float away. I never even moved in, and magazines wrote about it when I sold it at a loss. I was real-estate shamed.”
Dunham first addressed her breakup with Antonoff in a May 2018 piece for Vogue.
“We sat in our shared kitchen of nearly four years and quietly faced each other, acknowledging what nobody wanted to say. That obsessive connection had turned to blind devotion, and the blinders were coming off to reveal that we had evolved separately (the least shocking reason of all and perhaps the most common),” Dunham wrote then. “That anger wasn’t sexy or sustainable. That our hearts were still broken from trying so hard to fix it but no longer uncertain about whether or not we could. The finality nearly killed me.”
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