In celebrity romance terms Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts are pretty boring (boring meaning stable in this context). They aren’t individually out dancing on banquettes, getting into fights, or getting in highly public cheating scandals involving multiple partners. Snoozey in a good way.
But what’s this? The couple, who are not married but have two children together, are reportedly on the rocks. Oh no!
Things have become so bad that Liev has pulled out of all promotional duties for his upcoming film, Salt with Angelina Jolie, to go off to Tahiti to get away from his family obligations and think.
The reason, or rumored reason, is that they’re having ego issues over their respective careers. “Liev is kind of arrogant and snobby,” a source said back in April when trouble first began arising. “And it grates on him that Naomi has the higher profile, bigger, better career and higher earnings.”
“Basically, it’s a total clash of the egos between the two of them. It’s always tough to make a relationship work when it’s between an actor and actress. Both tend to be self-obsessed to a degree, and Naomi and Liev fit that description to a T.”
While Liev would like her to play more of a stay at home mom role, Naomi is content and happy pushing forward with her career. She enjoys acting and would like to continue doing it while she is still young enough to get the plum roles.
“They’re kind of in a no win situation and basically at a stalemate, neither side wants to budge or compromise. I really don’t see how they are going to work this one out and reach a resolution that keeps both sides happy,” a source tells the New York Daily News. “I know for a fact that if they didn’t have the kids they would of split a long time ago. It seems that now, the only thing holding them together is their two sons, who they both love very dearly. Unfortunately, it seems that they no longer love each other very dearly though.”
The couple were having trouble even before the more recent crisis. Back in January 2008 when Naomi’s ex Heath Ledger passed away, she was having trouble dealing and the couple went to counseling to work through their issues.
Liev’s rep is denying the new report completely, saying Liev went to Tahiti to have a fun diving trip with the boys. Being a private couple, they would no doubt deny all reports, true or false.