Comedian Ali Wong and her husband Justin Hakuta have decided to end their marriage after eight years. The former couple share two children and this will certainly add fodder for Wong’s comedy for a long time to come.
After spending eight years together Ali Wong and entrepreneur Justin Hakuta are divorcing. “It’s amicable and they will continue to co-parent lovingly,” Wong’s rep confirmed to E! News on Tuesday.
Wong, who is 39, first met 39-year-old Hakuta at her friend’s wedding reception in 2010 and the story started from there. Back then Hakuta was a Fullbright scholar and student at Havard Business School. They tied the knot in 2014.
In Wong’s book Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life, she wrote, “I was very motivated to make my own money because I signed a document specifically outlining how much I couldn’t depend on my husband, My father always praised ‘the gift of fear’ and that prenup scared the sh*t out of me. In the end, being forced to sign that prenup was one of the greatest things that ever happened to me and my career.”
The comedian and entrepreneur welcomed two children, Mari and Nikki. Wong often mentions Hakuta in her standup shows. Recently in her comedy special, Ali Wong: Don Wong she jokingly recalled how she, “pressured the sh*t out of my then-boyfriend to propose to me,” only to end up in, as she put it, “monogamy jail.”
Wong added, “It was crazy. My wish came true, He proposed, we got married, we bought a house, had two kids. Fast-forward to seven years later, present day, I’m, like, I don’t know why I did that. I think that what happened was, at the time, my future in comedy was looking very uncertain. I was really struggling….And I panicked. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can make it in this world on my own. So I better trap this dude who graduated from Harvard Business School so that I don’t end up homeless.’ But now, I know that I can make it on my own. So I kind of wanna just be on my own. Only other married people with kids can empathize with the deep envy I feel towards you single people. OK, you don’t know how free you are.”
Splitting up is never easy, but it sounds like they have things together. Hopefully, they can continue civilly and things don’t take a turn for the worse.
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