Why Joshua Jackson Is “Heartbroken” Over Divorce From Jodie Turner-Smith

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Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson have decided to end their whirlwind relationship.

The actors first connected through R&B singer Usher, at his star-studded birthday bash in 2018, and from then embarked on a romance that led to a proposal only months later. The pair married soon after and welcomed their first child, a daughter named Juno. This week, after nearly four years of marriage, Turner-Smith filed for divorce from Jackson.

From their first casual date to their life as parents, see all the highlights from Turner-Smith and Jackson’s romance.

October 3, 2023: Joshua is reportedly “heartbroken” over the split.

A source for the Daily Mail claims Jackson is taking the breakup hard.

“Joshua is heartbroken over the impending divorce, he always thought that he would be married and grow old with his family, and everything would be happily ever after,” the source claims. “He had the dream scenario in his mind, and Jodie was his person and the person he thought he would be with forever.”

The insider adds that their daughter plays a role in Jackson’s disappointment over the situation. “He never wanted this for their daughter,” they continue. “They both are great parents and will continue to be, he just hates that they won’t be together as a couple for their daughter anymore. They will always be connected through her.”

Jackson has reportedly not dismissed the idea of reuniting with Turner-Smith. “He would have loved nothing more than to still be with Jodie and in a perfect world would probably even take her back if she were to stop the divorce, but now that they have got to this place, he is going to have to accept it,” the source says.

As for why the split occurred, the insider explains, “Nothing horrible happened between the two like infidelity, the relationship just went its course, and it is just a sad time. Joshua isn’t thrilled about it, but as we all know, life doesn’t always work out the way you’d like it to work out.”

October 2, 2023: Jodie files for divorce.

Turner-Smith files for divorce from Jackson in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to People. In the filing, she requests 50/50 shared custody of their daughter, three-year-old Juno.

TMZ notes that Turner-Smith cited “irreconcilable differences” and that the two formally separated on September 13.

March 12, 2023: Jodie and Joshua attend the Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party together.

The two make a joint appearance at Vanity Fair's after-party following the 95th Academy Awards and bring on the loving PDA on the red carpet.

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September 21, 2022: They open up about what they love most about each other.

The two express the extent of their mutual respect and awe for one another in a joint interview with Forbes.

"The joy it is to watch her be in the process and be becoming a mother and how honored I feel to get to be next to that—to witness it, to watch it grow, to hopefully nurture it in its growth," Jackson tells the outlet. "I love how empowered my wife is inside of that fashion space—how much it is a source of joy and that bleeds into her home life, as well. I love watching my wife be able to be uplifted and celebrated and seeing how fed she is by that makes me a very, very happy man when I get to see that."

Meanwhile, Turner-Smith opens up about why she first fell for Jackson and continues to love him.

"When I met Josh and one of the biggest reasons why I married him, wanted him to be my husband, is because of how loved and supported I felt by him," she says. "I had never been with anyone who I thought was wanting to lift me up the way that I felt that he was lifting me up. That is one of my favorite things about him."

The actress also praises Jackson as a father.

"It has been so magical to just see him be a dad," she says. "I mean, I can't think of a person in the world who doesn't have some form of 'daddy issues,' so when you see someone fathering in this really beautiful way and think to yourself, 'Wow, I'm actually setting my daughter up for such a beautiful life because look at this wonderful relationship that she has with her father and is going to have,' and that really gives me a lot of comfort."

May 2, 2022: They make their Met Gala debut.

The two make their first appearance at the Met Gala, where they both look stunning and so in love.

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During a conversation with People ahead of their joint appearance, Jackson gushes over Turner-Smith's dramatic look for the evening's theme, "In America: An Anthology of Fashion," and jokes that the train on her dress has led him to envy.

"I'm realizing right now what the tails really are for me—I think I had train envy," Jackson tells the outlet before turning to his wife to add, "I've seen you in all these beautiful gowns with these long trains and I was like, 'I gotta get some of that.'"

Turner-Smith also shares the reason she loves attending red-carpet events with her husband.

"I love the way that he holds space for me to enjoy myself—like, let me just spread my wings fully, and loves to see me do it," she says, adding, "It gives us an opportunity as mom and dad to go have a night out, which is also great."

March 21, 2022: Jodie shares a steamy photo with Joshua.

Turner-Smith shares a hot photo with Jackson on Instagram ahead of their appearance at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards. In the photo, she poses nude (barring her tiara) on a balcony beside her husband, who wears a suit.

July 13, 2021: Joshua opens up about family life with Jodie.

Jackson reveals that he is a happy family man in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, saying that becoming a father and husband has changed his life for the better in "every single possible way."

"There is nothing that is not better off than being married to her and having that baby. It's everything," the actor says.

Jackson also gushes over the success of Turner-Smith's recent acting projects, notably with the screening of her film After Yang at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

"I wanted to say congratulations to her. [Jodie] is in Cannes right now for the first time with her movie... I wish I could be with you there, love."

April 16, 2021: Jodie gushes over Joshua in an interview.

Turner-Smith opens up about the ways in which Jackson has been a supportive and loving partner to her throughout their year-and-a-half-long marriage in an exclusive interview with People.

"I think it's really beautiful to be with someone who is so supportive and so loving," she tells the outlet. "We're so similar in so many ways. We're like mirrors for each other. And I just really love that human being."

She adds, "We high-five each other all the time about how great we chose. We're like, 'You did a great job choosing,' and then we're like, 'Yeah, you too.'"

June 24, 2020: Jodie commemorates Joshua on his first Father's Day.

Turner-Smith commemorates Jackson on his first Father's Day with a sweet Instagram post in which she calls the actor her "soulmate" and number one "daddy."

"Big soulmate energy. #1 daddy," she captions a solo shot of her husband sitting on a bed while glowing in natural sunlight. "Just checking in to say that us girls are so lucky to have ya."

May 10, 2020: Joshua commemorates Jodie on her first Mother's Day.

Jackson gushes over Turner-Smith and her new role as a mom on Instagram for Mother's Day.

"Thank you for the depth of grace you have found since our daughter has arrived," he writes in the caption. "The commitment that you make look so effortless but I know is anything but."

March 8, 2020: Jodie confirms they are expecting.

Turner-Smith announces that she and Jackson are expecting their first child together—a baby girl—via her Instagram Story featuring a video of her sonogram, on which she writes, "Can you see her dancing in there? Every time I try to record she stops."

The following month on Instagram, Turner-Smith shares a stunning nude shot from her maternity photo shoot with photographers Frankie Mark and Nancy Gomez—and in the caption, she shares a meaningful definition to her of the word mother.

"Moth·er /ˈməT͟Hər/: a fantastic voyage that begins in wonder and transformation," Turner-Smith writes on the post. "Thank you @fancygomez for capturing a small piece of this portion of the journey. i will never forget how this felt and now won’t soon forget how it looked."

On April 21, a People source confirms that Turner-Smith has given birth to daughter Janie.

"Both mother and baby are happy and healthy," a rep tells the outlet.

February 14, 2020: They celebrate their first Valentine's Day as a married couple.

Turner-Smith shares a heartfelt post on Instagram to commemorate her and Jackson's first Valentine's Day as husband and wife.

On the platform, Turner-Smith posts a photo of her sharing a kiss with Jackson. The two wear white looks—Jackson in a suit and Turner-Smith in a lace dress adorned with red roses.

In the caption, she writes, "Our 2nd valentine's day and it's even more magical than the first! here's to a lifetime of them. happy valentine's day to the man who sees my soul and holds my heart 💞 love you, baby daddy 💋🤗🥰."

The post also sparks pregnancy rumors.

December 20, 2019: A source confirms the pair is married.

Amid ongoing wedding rumors—which spark as early as August 2019 when the two are spotted picking up a marriage license in Beverly Hills—Turner-Smith and Jackson officially tie the knot, a People source confirms.

November 14, 2019: They make their red-carpet debut.

The two make their first appearance on the red carpet as a couple for the premiere of Turner-Smith's film Queen & Slim. Both wear Gucci looks for the occasion—Turner-Smith a silk lilac gown and Jackson a three-piece suit—and they appear to hint at an engagement or marriage with their accessories.

At the event, the two are spotted wearing bands around their ring fingers. Turner-Smith wears a marquise diamond ring, while Jackson wears a three-brush gold band.

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August 2, 2019: They spark marriage rumors.

Turner-Smith and Jackson are spotted picking up a marriage license in Beverly Hills, an outing that sparks initial wedding rumors.

Ten days later, the couple also go Instagram official via a romantic post by Turner-Smith featuring the two of them looking lovingly into one another's eyes during a dinner date at the golden hour.

"Two people who only fancy each other a little bit 🥰," Turner-Smith also writes in the caption.

January 4, 2019: They celebrate New Year's.

Turner-Smith and Jackson ring in 2019 together with an intimate couple's trip to Nicaragua. The two then indirectly confirm their romantic getaway on their respective Instagram pages by sharing similar posts featuring photos of the same skyline.

Jackson later reveals, in July 2021, that it was on this trip that Turner-Smith proposed to him.

"We were in Nicaragua," he tells Jimmy Fallon of the proposal on The Tonight Show. "It was very beautiful, incredibly romantic. We were walking down the beach, and she asked me to marry her."

October 14, 2018: They meet through Usher.

Turner-Smith and Jackson first meet at Usher's star-studded 40th birthday bash at Delilah in Los Angeles. The actress tries to play it cool upon first seeing Jackson, though the act doesn't last for long.

"I saw him before he saw me and when I saw him, I was like, 'I want that,'" Turner-Smith says in a May 2021 appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. "And then when he saw me, I just pretended like I didn't see him."

"We had a one-night stand," she also reveals to host Meyers. "We're in a two-, three-year one-night stand now."

The following month, Turner-Smith and Jackson are photographed walking hand in hand around Los Angeles.

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