Is Amy Poehler's success the reason for her divorce Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger suggests SNL star's breadwinner status caused split
23:09 GMT, 14 September 2012
Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger has suggested that Amy Poehler's breadwinner status is the primary reason for the breakdown of her nine year marriage to Will Arnett.
The 51-year-old relationship expert offered her theories on their impending divorce in a new column for People magazine.
She states that because Saturday Night Live favourite Poehler, 40, was more successful than her actor husband, the relationship was doomed for failure.
Career success to blame: Amy Poehler has separated from her husband actor Will Arnett after nine years of marriage
'If you're a successful woman,
chances are that you spend a ton of time working. You're probably on
your email a lot, taking phone calls and going on regular business trips
that don't involve your man.
'He can start to feel left out of a very important and very time-consuming part of your life.'
Controversial: Patti Stanger believes that a successful marriage requires the man to be the primary breadwinner
Poehler and Arnett were married in August 2003 and have two boys together, Archie, three, and Abel, two.
They confirmed the news of their 'very amicable' split to Us Weekly last Thursday.
According to Radar Online, the romance fizzled and they naturally drifted apart the way many longtime couples do.
and Amy started to feel more like best friends than a married couple –
and sadly they lost their spark,' said the source. 'There’s no malice in the split, nor was anyone else involved.'
beloved couple often appeared alongside each other in TV shows such as
Arrested Development, and in the films Blades of Glory, Horton Hears a
Who!, On Broadway, Spring Breakdown and Monsters vs. Aliens.
some have criticized Ms Stanger's divorce theory, stating that it is merely based
on sex-based stereotypes that cast men as breadwinners and women as
Tracie Egan Morrissey of Jezebel writes: 'Men need to provide for their families, because that's the way that
'Does that mean that we should just let our
inner-cavepeople determine the way we live
'Even if the caveman argument has some truth to it, men have had
hundreds of thousands of years since then to work out their
hunter/gatherer insecurities. Isn't it time they've adapted'
Stanger, who announced in 2010 that she was splitting from her fiance Andy Friedman after a six year relationship, adds: 'I do know is that traditional gender roles are very real and flipping the norm is difficult for even the strongest, funniest, smartest men.'