The former couple, who met in 1996, share two children – Archie and Abel – and were married in 2003.
“Just brutal, brutal, brutal,” he said. “I was driving to the set one day and I pulled over to the side of the road and cried for an hour.”
“People talk about you like they know you and they talk about your relationship as if they know what’s going on,” he explained.
“So imagine how weird that is. It’s brutal with any relationship, and we have kids, and without getting into specifics, you then see stuff online, like, this one journalist wrote: ‘I’m Team Amy.’ I’m like: ‘You’re a grown person. What are you talking about? This is a breakup. This is a family. This isn’t some game.’”
Despite the heartache he experienced, Arnett says he is “lucky” to have Poehler as the mother of his children.
“It’s been almost 10 years and my kids are so lucky that Amy is their mother,” he said. And I’m so lucky that we’re such a huge part of each other’s lives, even more so than we were five years ago.”
His words echoed those of Poehler, who wrote in her 2014 memoir, Yes Please, that she was “grateful” Arnett was the father of her children.
“I am proud of how my ex-husband, Will, and I have been taking care of our children,” she wrote. “I am beyond grateful he is their father; and I don’t think a [nearly] ten-year marriage constitutes failure. That being said, getting a divorce really sucks.”