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Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman have apparently separated

Palmer announced the news on her Patreon.

May 4, 2020, 6:23 pm

Internet Culture

Audra Schroeder 

Audra Schroeder

Musician Amanda Palmer and her husband Neil Gaiman are apparently going through a public uncoupling.

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On Sunday night, Palmer posted a blog on her Patreon, to address a question she’d been receiving: “Where’s Neil?” She included a tweet that stated Gaiman, the prolific sci-fi author, had “moved to the U.K.” and that “my heart has been broken.” But she stressed on the blog that ‪”this did not happen because of COVID or lockdown, though the timing is comically bad; other things came to light after we got here to New Zealand.”

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The coronavirus is certainly putting a strain on relationships across the globe, but fans and observers were a little confused about the timeline of the breakup, or if it was a breakup. Gaiman posted a tweet Monday morning confirming they are “going through rocky times right now,” and asked for privacy.

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Though Twitter speculated, Palmer’s blog likely wasn’t how Gaiman found out. His tweet only stated that he noticed she had “told people.” On April 27, she tweeted out a poll asking for stories of couples going through “breakup/separation/divorce” while in lockdown, but she didn’t get specific. Palmer and Gaiman were married in 2011 and have a son together.

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Palmer’s been a frequent agitator and certainly has her detractors (and, apparently, a whole swath of Twitter users who found out about her today as she trended). Meanwhile, Gaiman spent the weekend clarifying his views on author H.P. Lovecraft, after a conversation with sci-fi writer N.K. Jemisin sparked a backlash. The reaction to the breakup news was both sympathetic and insightful.

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Of course, celebrating a potential divorce, especially when a young child is involved, isn’t great. But announcing a quarantine uncoupling on a paid subscription platform is its own form of lockdown energy.

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*First Published: May 4, 2020, 6:23 pm