Lena Dunham reveals ex-boyfriend Jack Antonoff's parting words when she moved out
In a wry anecdote she shared for her new Domino magazine cover story, Lena Dunham opened up about moving out of the home that she and her music producer ex-boyfriend Jack Antonoff had shared together.
Dunham and Antonoff split in Jan. 2018 after over five years as a couple.
"The last time I saw that apartment was when we agreed, with love, that someone had to go," she wrote, recalling the words Antonoff said to her as she moved out. "'You can finally eat in the bed without anyone getting mad at you,' he said through tears.'"
The 33-year-old actress/producer described moving into and decorating the apartment while Antonoff was on tour, only to have that decision backfire.
"He hated it. He didn’t want to hate it. He tried not to hate it. But he didn’t like living among the insides of my mind," she wrote. "I thought I was giving him a gift...I wanted to give him the magic that (my mother) always given me by dreaming her maddening dreams. But he wanted a Restoration Hardware couch and a giant watch to hang on the wall. I felt sick every time I made a design concession or covered up pink with dove gray. Love can only survive so much."
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Dunham expanded on their breakup in a New York Magazine interview in Nov. 2018, sharing that the couple broke up one month after she underwent a hysterectomy.
“Our relationship probably lasted longer than it should have," she said. "He’s a very loyal person, so he was not going to bail when the going got tough. He literally held my hand while I got an enema on New Year’s Eve while his family celebrated."
"But when you’re sick, so much energy goes into making sure the other person is well that you’re not even noticing maybe our schedules aren’t compatible," she added. "Maybe we want different things out of our lives. Maybe we have different attitudes about what family means. Maybe these essential questions that people have to ask themselves all the time are not being asked, because we just want to make sure that I don’t pass out at the grocery store.”