Sunday night's Tony Awards may have tried to lift Broadway fans' spirits with all that happy, upbeat optimism, but for many musical theater lovers, no amount of Hugh Jackman bouncing can take our minds off the fact that the King and Queen of Broadway are no longer a couple. Back in December, theater stars and long-time couple Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs split up, and ever since, it's felt like love is dead and no joy is left in the universe. Yet right as our broken hearts have started to heal, they're getting ripped apart once more, as Diggs has finally begun to open up about the split heard 'round the world (well, at least New York City).
In an interview with Redbook, the actor discussed the intensity of fans' reactions the break-up, saying that he wasn't exactly surprised.
"I'd be lying if I said there weren't times when I thought, Oh, man, people are going to trip out [if we split]," Diggs said.
Which, of course, is exactly what happened. As for why, Diggs has a few answers: "maybe they thought it was cute that we met in Rent. There weren't a lot of couples like us in the theater community – and I know there aren't a lot of performers as talented as she is … and then you have the whole mixed [race] thing."
All true, but mostly, fans' heartbreak was due to how adorable the couple was when they were together. Remember that video they made last year where they serenaded a fan and looked like the happiest husband and wife on the planet? It hurts just thinking about it, and poor Diggs and Menzel apparently know just how deeply their personal issue affected their fans.
Said Diggs, "it was easy for people to root for us."
We couldn't agree more. However, we, like the couple, have to start getting on with our lives, even if it's hard.
"Right now, we're still trying to figure out a lot of stuff because we're on different coasts and our son is getting older," Diggs said.
If Diggs and Menzel can move on, so can we. Fans of the former couple, we have to get our acts together; how awful would we feel knowing that not only did we make things harder for them when they were trying to break up, but that we also didn't let them deal with their split in a normal, non-fan-obsessed way? As difficult as it may be to do, let's try not to make things harder for the exes than they already are — or, at the very least, muffle your grief in repeat viewings of "As Long as You're Mine." That's healthy, right?