Michael Polish and Kate Bosworth met a decade ago and they formed an instant connection. As Polish once told Vulture, “First scene, first day, I turned to my AD, I said, ‘I’m gonna marry that girl,” and he did. The pair tied the knot in Montana in August 2013, and Bosworth officially became a stepmom to Polish’s daughter Jasper.
And now after nearly 8 years of togetherness, Bosworth announced that she and the 50-year-old filmmaker are separating. In a post shared to Instagram, the actress took a trip down memory lane back at how their love story started and shared a picture of the pair kissing as she reminisces, “Do you want to split a burger?” Yes.
“How ‘bout a shot of whiskey?” Hell yes.
– Big Sur, 2011”
The actress then describes how the beginning of every love story is, “Fireworks, magnets, rebellion — the attraction. The onset signals a wide open expanse of possibility.” She continues, “Split a burger with someone when you are falling in love, and you can die happily knowing this is your last meal. Buy a bottle of whiskey and share shots, pour me a waterfall. Play that perfect song on the jukebox and dance with someone you have known your whole life, though you met minutes ago.”
Bosworth then announces their separating writing, “inherently we fear an ending. To lose what you have because you got what you wanted. To be attached to the expectation of the outcome. The great Unknown.
“What if we chose not to fear but instead, to love. If that most delicate and vulnerable last flicker to the flame became another type of furnace entirely.”
“Perhaps this will sound strange to some, romantic to others. To us: this is truth.”
“Our hearts are full, as we have never been so enamoured and deeply grateful for one another as we do in this decision to separate,” the Superman Returns star explained. “Together, over the last ten years, Michael and I have chosen love, every time. We hold hands as tightly today as we entangled fingers on our wedding day. Our eyes look more deeply into one another, with more courage now. In the process of letting go, we have come to acknowledge that our love will never end. The connection does not simply disappear. The love deepens, the heart expands.”
And with that, comes continuing to be a part of each other’s lives. “We know the 4 a.m. calls are coming,” she wrote. “Songs will be exchanged to communicate only what songs can do. We laugh as we plan for our next movie together and are excited to share our latest collaboration.”
And as the actress said all greatest love stories come to an end eventually and, as the pair separates, they’ll navigate their next chapter. As Bosworth put in her post, they “believe the most epic love stories are those which transcend expectation.”
“Our greatest honour has been to experience love like this, and to continue to marvel at the beauty of love’s evolution,” she concluded. “What happens when we reach the end of something and realize … we are just at the beginning. This is love. And we will drink that down. Kate + Michael.”