It just wasn’t meant to be for ‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham and singer Jack Antonoff.
On Tuesday, Dunham confirmed her split from singer Jack Antonoff after more than five years together on an Instagram Live video she posted. Dunham, an actress and writer best known for creating the Emmy-winning HBO series “Girls,” and Antonoff, a pop music producer and songwriter who is the head of the band Bleachers, met in 2012 on a blind date. Both are Jewish.
After thanking everyone for their supportive messages, Dunham said in the Live video that she continues to wear Antonoff’s ring.
“I’m wearing this ring that Jack gave me and I’ll always wear it because love is a really cool, powerful, eternal thing and it doesn’t have to be defined the way we in Western culture define it as beginnings and ends,” she said.
The breakup was amicable, representatives for the actress and musician told People magazine on Monday.
Over the past year, the couple has post about ways in which they’ve become more open about their Judaism.
In October, Dunham posted on Instagram that she has connected to Judaism through the poetry of modern Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai.
Earlier, Antonoff, 33, who attended Solomon Schechter Day School in northern New Jersey through the 8th grade, wore a Star of David necklace while performing at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.
Dunham said on Twitter that Antonoff began wearing the Star of David as a statement after Nazis became a “mainstream thing again.”
Although they were a longtime couple, in 2015, Dunham poo-pooed the idea of marriage saying, “I love my boyfriend. I’m very lucky to call him my life partner, but you will sooner see me pregnant with twins.”
The couple vowed to not marry until same-sex marriage became legal in all 50-states, according to People.
While the breakup might not have been dramatic, Dunham has had her share of controversy this past year for her efforts as a feminist and all-around champion of the underdog.
Dunham was most recently criticized for defending “Girls” writer Murray Miller after he was accused of sexual harassment. She later apologized for her initial defense.
“Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship with the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case,” she wrote.
Also this year, Dunham received slack after exchanging her rescue dog for two purebred poodles.
This is the same dog that starred in a 2015 satirical piece Dunham wrote for The New Yorker titled, “Dog or Jewish boyfriend? A Quiz,” comparing Antonoff to a dog accustomed to being “waiting on hand and foot.”
The Anti-Defamation League did not laugh, calling the piece “tasteless” and reliant on “offensive” stereotypes about Jews.
Now with only her purebred pups and no Jewish boyfriend, Dunham can focus on the future. She posted a picture to Instagram on Tuesday with the words, “Starting over is the beautiful moment where you choose yourself.”