Girls actress Allison Williams and businessman Ricky Van Veen are going their separate ways. The couple, who were married in September 2015, announced their separation on Thursday, telling Page Six that the decision to separate was made by both parties. Speaking exclusively to Page Six, Williams and Van Veen released a joint statement. “With mutual love and respect, we have made the decision to separate as a couple. We are grateful for the friendship that we have and will continue to have.”
Williams and Van Veen first met in 2011 and were married four years later at a celebrity-packed ceremony at the exclusive Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming. Williams was walked down the aisle by her father, MSNBC host Brian Williams, and the ceremony was officiated by Tom Hanks. Like we said, celebrity-packed. The guest list for the pair’s nuptials included Williams’ Girls’ co-stars Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet, as well as Van Veet’s close friend John Mayer and his then-girlfriend Katy Perry. Celebrity. Packed.
Williams quickly rose to fame first in 2012 for playing Marnie Michaels on the groundbreaking HBO series Girls, while also booking high profile TV parts in A Series of Unfortunate Events and in the title role in the live TV production of Peter Pan. Williams has gone on to find success on the big screen, most notably in Jordan Peele’s social thriller Get Out.
As for Van Veen, he is best known for his role in co-founding the hugely popular site CollegeHumor, as well as the video platform Vimeo. The entrepreneur now works for Facebook as its Head of Global Creative Strategy. And in case you’re trying to do the math, that means he’s worth about $25 million.
Williams and Van Veen’s separation doesn’t come as a huge shock, with Page Six nothing that the couple have not been photographed together publicly since March 2018 when Williams and Van Veen attended the Oscars together in support of Get Out. A source close to the couple told Page Six: “Every time I’ve seen Allison out recently, Ricky’s been nowhere to be seen,” adding that the two are “distinctly different.”
“Allison really is Type A, a real go-getter. while Ricky is far more relaxed and laid-back. Things just haven’t been going well recently,” said the source. We’re not sure creating a massive website, a revolutionary video platform, selling both for millions and then signing up to work for Facebook is laid-back, but we understand that the couple may have drifted apart.
According to Page Six, the couple were sharing a $2 million apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York, but they are now living apart. The pair have always been relatively private about their relationship and we’re sure their separation will continue in the same tone.