When Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy announced their split—by mutual tweet—celeb watchers worldwide gasped. Because Ace Ventura and his Playboy mate always seemed so in synch. As recently as March 16, she tweeted “Proud of my man!! RT @JimCarrey So grateful to win top SXSW award 4 jimcarrey.com website.” And in February, he told People, “Jenny is the first person that I’ve been with where I don’t have a giant question mark over my head.”
So what happened? Until the stars give their own takes on the story, a glance at Carrey’s Twitter stream may offer the most in-depth look at what was going through the mind of the man behind The Mask.
“Love and logic are like the Middle East. We can never have peace while the two try to occupy the same little space. I said that!” Carrey (who insists that he writes all tweets himself) tweeted on April 1. The sentiment looks ominous in retrospect, eh? But nothing compares to the string of tweets he posted three days later, starting in the wee hours of Easter morning. Ostensibly, he was reflecting on the themes of Easter and Passover:
3:01 am: “I know this sounds weird but I lose sleep when I’m in a good mood! Brain likes to play hopscotch!”
He didn’t sound distraught or on the verge of a break-up. Yet something was keeping him up into the night. By morning, he was meditating on relationships, abandonment, and the key to contentment:
9:53 am: “You can never be abandoned by anyone but yourself! Every choice you make is either self love or abandonment.”
10:06 am: “We think no and say yes! We abandon ourselves because we’re afraid to be abandoned! No1 but u can make u happy, accept Dr. Phil McGraw!”
An hour later, he may have been regretting the emotional openness he’d shown to his half-million Twitter followers. As he tweeted at 11:05 am, “Technology can be both useful and dangerous! Frankenstein’s monster said it best. ‘MMMM…FIRE GOOD!’ then he burnt himself!”
Rather than get fried, Carrey opted to step away from the flame. At 7:35 pm that night, he put up this message:
“I’m leavin’ the stream 4 a few days folks! I’ll see ya when I see ya! Spankyou kindly!”
Yet two days later her returned, with the now famous announcement, “Jenny and I have just ended our 5yr relationship. I’m grateful 4 the many blessings we’ve shared and I wish her the very best! S’okay!” We’ll have to take his word for the “S’okay” part of it. In the meantime, we’ll keep an eye on his feed, and Jenny’s as well.
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