Mad Men star Hamm splits with partner of 18 years
Mad Men star Jon Hamm and his girlfriend of nearly two decades, actress and filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt, have ended their relationship, according to reports.
Hamm (44) and Westfeldt (45) first met in 1997 and became known as one of Hollywood's most stalwart couples.
Westfeldt wrote and produced the independent film Kissing Jessica Stein, and wrote, produced and directed Friends with Kids, in which Hamm also starred.
A jobbing actor before being cast as the talented but troubled advertising executive Don Draper on Matthew Weiner's period drama Mad Men, Hamm went on to win eight Emmy nominations and worldwide recognition for his dark portrayal.
Hamm and Westfeldt established a production company, Points West Pictures, in 2009 and stayed together as Hamm's fame skyrocketed during his eight years on Mad Men, despite recent rumours about a split.
In March 2015, just before Mad Men's eighth season finale, it emerged that Hamm had completed a course of rehab for alcoholism with the full support of Westfeldt.
The couple were last seen together publicly in July in New York City, People magazine reported.
"With great sadness, we have decided to separate, after 18 years of love and shared history," the couple said in a joint statement.
"We will continue to be supportive of each other in every way possible moving forward," the statement added.