Though fans may have loved the pairing of Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers—previously thought to be on the fast-track to marriage—it seems that behind the scenes, the couple wasn’t as well-suited for one another. In the aftermath of their breakup, sources told E! News that Olivia is staunch in her desire for space from her ex. She reportedly “is not communicating with Aaron as much as he would like” and “feels like distance is best at this time.”
As much as we don't like the uncoupling, Olivia may be onto something here. According to Sasha Carr, Ph.D (aka "The Breakup Coach), this tactic may be the best for both parties. Carr emphatically recommends a 60-day no-contact cleanse after any breakup, regardless of the circumstances (and whether or not you hope to rekindle things). As Carr sees it, “Time with no contact whatsoever provides the clarity you need in order to remember exactly who you are and find your emotional center. It will help you make choices that will actually support you and make you happy.”
Especially after a longer relationship (Munn and Rodgers were together for three years), it can be difficult to assert one’s independence after a breakup. A friend of Munn's commented that "Olivia knew that the relationship was on the rocks the past few months...It didn't feel good anymore, and they should have split up a few months ago. [But] They were holding onto this idea of their relationship, even though they knew a breakup was bound to happen."
This is actually very common. According to journalist Wendy Paris, whose book Splitopia: Dispatches From Today’s Good Divorce and How to Part Well deals with this subject closely, “Even when the breakup is mutual it can be hard to move past the idea of the relationship, as well as the individuals’ roles within it." “You have been invested in this partnership, in this storyline and vision of your life,” she explains, so the breakup also involves a taxing process of redefining yourself separate from the other person.
Still, it sounds like Munn has a clear vision for herself and her future, which is essential. "Olivia is not going to settle till she feels like this is the man she will end up with," the source told E! News. This confident, self-possessed attitude will serve Munn well as she recovers from the breakup. Psychologists seem to agree that “a major reason why breakups are so hard is because they cause a crisis of identity”, a malady which Munn seems to be relatively unaffected by.
While we’re sad to see this couple dissolve, we wish both Munn and Rodgers the best of luck with their love lives and their busy schedules ahead.
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