Is it just me or are the top entertainment stories right now particularly gloomy for this time of year?Â The latest kick in the holiday pants comes from the Susan Sarandon/Tim Robbins camp, as her rep announces that they split over the summer.Â Hey buddy, thanks for waiting until Christmas to spring this news on us.Â What's that?Â There's no Santa Claus?Â Well, now you're just being mean.
PEOPLE.com has the depressing story of the once-admired unconventional couple:
"Actress Susan Sarandon and her partner of 23 years, actor Tim Robbins have announced that they separated over the summer," her rep Teal Cannaday tells PEOPLE in a statement. "No further comments will be made."
The couple met on the set of Bull Durham, and they have two sons together, Jack, 20, and Miles, 17.
Sarandon and Robbins, 51, were admired for their long relationship in the face of the pressures of show business, their much-discussed age difference â€“ he's 12 years younger â€“ and that they never married.
"I wonâ€™t marry because I am too afraid of taking him for granted or him taking me for granted â€“ maybe it will be a good excuse for a party when I am 80," Sarandon has said in the past.
The two are known for their political activism, and they have been relatively vocal about their liberal views in the past.Â Â
Look on the bright side - at least they won't add to the divorce statistics.Â Yeah, that's real merry and bright.Â Pass meÂ a tissue and a bottle of whiskey, will you?Â