- “Parenthood” stars Lauren Graham and Peter Krause split in 2021 after 11 years together.
- In an interview with People, Graham opened up about the breakup for the first time.
- The “Gilmore Girls” star said they did not ask “the questions people in their 40s should be asking.”
Lauren Graham has opened up about her breakup from partner Peter Krause for the first time and said the former couple did not ask “the questions people in their 40s should be asking.”
The actor, who is best known for portraying the quick-witted Lorelai Gilmore on the much-loved 2000s television drama “Gilmore Girls,” spoke to People ahead of the release of her latest book, “Have I Told You This Already? Stories I Don’t Want to Forget to Remember,” and shared what she believes caused the split.
Graham, 55, said that the couple’s fundamental differences “caught up with” them as they did not interrogate their respective values and visions for the relationship.
“I think part of all the positives of having known each other for a really long time were there,” the actor said. “And one of the negatives of that is we almost came into a relationship as people in their 40s without asking any of the questions people in their 40s should be asking.”
Graham and Krause began dating in 2010, shortly after they began appearing in NBC’s “Parenthood” together.
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She continued: “We had such a good time together that I didn’t maybe ask some fundamental questions about ‘What are your values and what do you envision?’ and those more grownup things. And then they just caught up with us.”
The two actors first met in 1995 when they guest starred on the same episode of the NBC sitcom “Caroline in the City.” However, it wasn’t until 2010 when they were cast as siblings Adam and Sarah Braverman on another NBC show, “Parenthood,” that they began dating.
Graham also said that penning her new collection of essays has been a welcome distraction from dwelling on the breakup, which happened in 2021 but was not made public until June of this year.
Noting that she has always been “resilient,” as she was raised to “take your knocks and don’t complain,” she said: “Somewhere in that is a year like this where I just was not going to let [the breakup] flatten me.”
Krause joined Graham in Netflix’s 2016 revival series “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”
“I was like, ‘Okay, well, look at all the good stuff I have, and look at all the good times,’ and ‘I’m going to write this book.’ Thank goodness I have these outlets and these stories to tell.”
Graham and Krause never married but did live together. According to the publication, Graham also helped raise Krause’s now-20-year-old son Roman from a previous relationship.
When Graham reprised her role on “Gilmore Girls” for the 2016 Netflix revival titled “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” Krause joined her, making a special cameo as a park ranger who butts heads with Lorelai during her attempt to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
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