Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Matt and Amy Roloff Separate

The big news (Roloffs wise) in all the mainstream entertainments sites is that Matt and Amy Roloff have separated.

People Magazine, TMZ, Hollywood Life, New York Daily News etc, all of stories about it today.

It should be noted that this news comes out just before the next set of Little People, Big World episodes begin airing.

Amy Roloff has been hinting on her Facebook page for quite some time that 2014 could be a year of change for her. Although she's also posted the usual stuff about there still being hope for her marriage.

As viewers know, the theme of Matt and Amy divorcing has been discussed and discussed and discussed for several years and several seasons. The LPBW episodes always portray Matt and Amy on the verge of divorce while Matt and Amy on social media portrayed themselves as a happy family. When they were asked about divorce, they would snark about people not understanding that the show is edited and things of that nature.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20796006,00.html

"Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation," they tell PEOPLE exclusively. 

"Matt remains living on the farm in our guest house and we work together everyday on the farm, on our business endeavors and most importantly, raising our amazing children." 


http://www.tmz.com/2014/03/12/little-people-big-world-matt-amy-roloff-separated

""Little People, Big World" couple Matt and Amy Roloff can't stand living together anymore -- they've just announced they're separating after 26 years of marriage.

Sources close to the couple tell TMZ, Matt and Amy have been living separately since the holidays -- Amy currently resides in the family's main house in Oregon ... Matt lives in the guest house.

We're told neither Amy nor Matt is currently pursuing other relationships -- they're just testing the waters living alone ... for now anyway. So far, divorce isn't on the table. 

Matt has had a history of drinking problems -- such as his 2007 DUI -- but we're told alcohol was NOT an issue in the split.

The Roloffs -- who have 4 children -- released a statement, saying, "Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation." 



TLC released the teaser, the preview video for the new episode.







46 comments:

Kathy said...

That is the first thing I thought when I heard this, that is a ploy Matt dreamed up to help sell the new episodes of their show.

I am skeptical because Matt hasnt moved away and is living on the property still. Little People, Big joke on us?

tmlfan said...

Oh look at that, right before the new episodes air. well played roloffs, well played.

Timothy said...

I agree.

It's very transparent. God, the media are either stupid or in on it.

Right before a new episode they get people talking about themselves.

Before the last set of episodes it was the death threat stuff (that sure disappeared quickly) and now it's the "separation".

Anonymous said...

I just smiled when I read it lol in my opinion transparent.

BeckyM said...

JMO but I think it's one of those ploys that has a heart of realness too it. I don't think Matt and Amy get along, and haven't for years. They seem to live separate lives for the last few years (vacations alone, separate goals, hobbies that don't connect, and the constant insults of each others).

While this may be a ploy for immediate ratings, I've thought for some time these two will eventually separate.

Couples who were on reality television actually have a high track record for divorce. IMO Matt and Amy were ruined by fame and have been pretending for the cameras for years. When the cameras finally go away, they will truly divorce.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/curse-reality-tv-gallery-1.73696

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/the-reality-tv-couples-curse-20131010

http://jezebel.com/5796713/22-families-affected-by-the-reality-tv-divorce-curse

http://www.extratv.com/2013/09/11/reality-tv-divorces-marriages-ruined-by-fame/

Set Abominae said...

I swear to god that the Roloff's are the television equivalent of herpes.

You can get rid of them for a while but the never truly go away.

Anonymous said...

As someone who is also married for 26 I think that deciding to separate must have been a very difficult decision and ratings were the last thing on their minds. I hope they find their way back to eachother

Brandon said...

Count me in on the publicity/ratings stunt/plot. Anon, last thing on their minds? Look at all the articles!! It is all tied to being a commercial for the new episode. Complete with the trailer with the staged scenes where they summon Zach to the kitchen for some cheat sheet filming.

Ryan Velasco said...

Next season they will get back together for a trip to Japan, with Tori.

Rap541 said...

I don't think its a stunt in that I think they're finally admitting something I've suspected for years, namely that they are living separate lives.*

What is a stunt is the filming and the announcement conveniently timed with a new episode and Matt and Amy both radio silent on facebook.

I really don't want to hear either of them whine about their precious privacy any more. Matt, Amy, stunt for ratings or not, most people in this world who want privacy don't film a tv special about their trial separation. No one is putting a gun to your head and making you take the checks at this point so you've lost the option of saying people don't know the real story. You're both adults and you're both getting on tv to play out your marital difficulties.

*Brandon, I think its entirely possible that on the show, we'll get some sort of reconciliation because it hasn't escaped me that this "separation" is all loosy goosy, and because Matt and Amy clearly want to be reality whores until they're forced to stop. But I suspect living separate lives on the same property might suit them

Anonymous said...

Jeremy and Zach were being trotted out on talk shows like Maury when they were in elementary school. Mismatched twins, unusual twins, whatever fit the topic. The Roloffs were fairly early on the reality show bandwagon. Whatever trend follows that, I'm sure they'll find a way to get themselves out there with it as well.

Baron Calamity said...

I think the timing is a ploy but i think the split is real. The kids are grown up, they have nothing in common, there has been no sense of any closeness in years, and their goals seem at odd with each other. A lot of late life splits happen just as the kids are ready to leave the nest.

Anonymous said...

I miss the old episodes of this show. I loved watching Amy and the kids at the store, soccer, and the seemingly boring daily activities. I wish they would just film their real lives instead of this fake, scripted trash. I will not be watching this season just as I refused to watch the last. I do however, still watch the first three seasons from time to time. My kids love those seasons of the show! I feel that the entire reason for this show was lost long ago. The show was supposed to help give the world a window into the lives of a family you may have judged unfairly. The message became lost in vacations, fake seperations, very fake and staged episodes, and money.

k Has c said...

I agree with the ratings/stunt plot etc. @ Set Abominae---thats a good one you have me laughing. I seen it on our local fox 12 news today, it was just a scroll that run across the bottom of the screen with all the other news that nobody really gives a hoot about. That news station isnt that far from the roloff compound...im so glad they didnt have a big to do about it and it just scrolled by with no biggy deal. They got nothin' left so its always divorce, hey LPBW people get divorced all the time ...all you all do is talk about it. Thinking on their next episodes ...this will be the same old same old same old that we have been hearing for years...i say pss or get off da pot. Anything for the tlc dollars i guess.

Rap541 said...

As someone who is also married for 26 I think that deciding to separate must have been a very difficult decision and ratings were the last thing on their minds.

Anon, here's the problem. If ratings *weren't* a concern, there's no reason for Matt and Amy to have kept their seperation a secret. Matt moved out of the house in Nov 2013. He's officially telling people about his seperation in March 2014, all of two weeks before a new episode.

As much as I think Matt and Amy have probably been seperate since 2010-2011, there's really no denying that they timed this announcement for the show ratings because there's otherwise no reason for them to have waited. They seperated in November.

ALso this is being talked about at televisionwithoutpity.com.

http://www.tmz.com/2014/03/13/matt-roloff-amy-little-people-big-world-tlc-separated-dating/

I think its unlikely to be true but if true, says a whole lot about Matt's committment to marriage.

Lark said...

Set Abominae! You made me spit Dr. Pepper all over my monitor. Thanks for the laugh, and I definitely agree.

Unless Jesus Jeremy raises Rocky from the dead or they manage to do something (anything) different than we've seen or they've alluded to 100 times, the show is toast.

too many screen names said...

I knew they were done as a couple back when Matt chose to go to Hawaii when Amy and kids went camping for Mother's Day.

I remember he said he needed "me time". Seriously? That couldn't have waited until the week after taking a couple of days to celebrate the woman who brought your kids into the world?!

It's ridiculously obvious that they saved "the announcement" to promote the show but I think it's a real split.

Also, I don't see either of them leaving the farm. That land is Matt's baby and Amy has relied on him to handle the finances from day 1 so if she can stay there with no monetary concerns, why move?

On a side note, anyone have an update on Zach and Tori?

Terri said...

I notice right after the belove late family family friend Mike Ditjean unexpected passing, it seems that the Roloff family lost their minds because from their shortly after that is when their show went from being a raw real show to a fake ass belittling scripted reality show of the week for TLC.

BeckyM said...

Rap541 - that link states Matt Roloff is the George Clooney of the Little People.
BARF@@@@

tipcakes said...

Good luck to them anyway..

tipcakes said...

Luck to them anyhow.

Anonymous said...

Matt will be the bell of the ball at the next Little People of America convention. TLC will be happy they have a new angle for the show. Little Man - Big Stud!
He will be the equivalent of the Jonas brothers!!!!

Rap541 said...

""You can call it a separation, if you want, a trial separation, but it's more of just giving each other some space," Matt said. "Last year it was long. Long and tough."

http://gma.yahoo.com/little-couple-big-world-stars-matt-laura-roloff-160027456--abc-news-celebrities.html

If we want, Matt? We can call it that if we want?

Matt, grow a set of balls and say what you mean. You don't have a problem telling people in confessionals that you don't feel comfortable in your own home but you can't commit to "I left Amy"?

Matt, you moved out of the house. You no longer live with your wife. What do *you* call it? "I'm still happily married"?

This btw is why I often call Matt a passive aggressive bitch. We can call it a separation *if we want*, well Matt baby, you're not a child, what do you call it?

Or are you still a child, at 56, unable to speak your own opinion unless Daddy Ron tells you it? Is that it? No, I think you're a little old for that game, and a little too mouthy as well.

For a man who loves to run his mouth, Matt sure as hell is a coward when it comes to committing to anything. He's moved out of his home and left his wife but its not a separation although we can it that if we like....

Matt, be a man and tell us what you call it.

I have a feeling this upcoming episode just might be entertaining.

Terri said...

I notice ever since The Roloffs late family friend the late Mike D. Unexpected death that their show changed directions the very next season, meaning it was no longer raw and real as it was which was very good and enjoyable show to watch and now it is now all phony, fake, and scripted as if it is a drama tv series which is so god awful horrible and so wrong to do because the acting is a zero in my book.

I wish they the Rollofs would consider going back to the oringinal concept of their once belove tv show about their struggles of living a normal life being little people and their family life living on their nice big, fine, sexy nice house and farm.

Rap541 said...

Btw its duly noted that while the Roloffs apparently believe gay marriage violates the sanctity of marriage.... apparently its Christian coolio for a married couple to get separated on national tv for money.

Funny how whoring out the end of one's marriage is NOT violating the sanctity of Christian marriage. Gay people can't marry but Matt and Amy can get a paycheck for ending theirs.

Christians, help me out - Does Jesus put his stamp of approval on Matt leaving his wife?

Cathie Castellano said...

Living in that pigsty of a house with that troll amy Im so great rollof, would hell!

Sharon said...

I bet Amy will strat hooking up with Chris C now!!!

k Has c said...

Rap..LOL ....your to funny "whoring out ones marriage" ...well put!

Anonymous said...

I think Amy has been a bitch for years and Matt needs to be rid of her. She does not deserve any of their farm.cccccc

Joy said...

Amy is a bitch and Matt has been patient with her for long enough. In my opinion while she deserves a settlement she does not deserve any of the farm.

Rap541 said...

I think they both have been bitches to each other for a very long time.

Marriage is about two people. Matt is not Jesus. He is not perfect. He also isn't hands off. If we're calling Amy a bitch... then I had best not hear any bitching tomorrow when and if I choose to comment something other than "Matt is the second coming, bless him".

As it happens, I do think Amy has some bitch moments. I also think she has culpability in her marriage falling apart. She let things go that angered her, and made passive aggressive moves instead of dealing with it openly, and possibly chose to keep trying rather than leave due to her own insecurities. I also think she's grown up believing a wife who leaves a marriage is a failure. I think she's wrong to pit the kids against Matt and I don't like her sloppy discipline and frankly, her slack jawed unmotivated boys kinda reflect it.

With that said, I would love it if anyone could point me to an episode of this show where Matt didn't complain about Amy to the camera in some form?

Is there an episode where Matt ever complimented Amy on anything where it wasn't a left handed swipe at her? Ie: Complimenting her for not failing at something he thought she'd fail at or praising her for finally agreeing with him or finally getting his idea?

Has Matt ever acknowledged in any dealing with Amy that she was correct and he was wrong?

Have we ever had Amy chime to the camera how absolutely right she was to do something or skip something of Matt's?

As for who deserves the farm.... if it came to divorce, I genuinely see them having to sell... But if I understand the previews correctly, Amy will make the point that Matt's on camera admitting he moved out of the marital home, leaving her and the minor child.

Sue said...

Rap, I agree with your comments. In addition, Matt seems manic depressive. Amy has admitted many times that she never thought she'd get married and have babies merely because she was a little person. She took the first person who came along. They both should have been old enough to get to know each other better before tying the knot (around / over 26). They have both admitted to having a relatively brief, long-distance courtship. And therein lies the rub. They hardly knew each other when they got married. I give Amy credit for trying to make it work for so long, but I'm not surprised to see them "separated."

BeckyM said...

Yet Rap I find it interesting how many think Matt is a poor put upon man who does everything for Amy. It's part of the Christian-shtick (man-folk are the boss; women-folk are weak nags) and also women who daydream about being his woman.

I sure wouldn't want such a selfish pr**k as my husband. NO THANKS.

The more selfish Matt has grown, the more shrewish Amy has become. I would like to see them both separate and become better people. Maybe without the crutch of each other's foibles they could do that. Hmmm.... NAH.

Cathie Castellano said...

totally agree that amy is a bitch a dirty person that not only lives in filth, but doesnt care who see's it. Matt is no saint himself, but he to is responsble for what has happened. They both spoilt and pandered to those for brat children,who would not know how to go without! Jacob the youngest is a trainwreck waiting to happen.Amy and Matt have huge ego's and need to be brought down a peg or two. Its sad to think that this family feel that they are so much better than everyone else. They need to realize importance is only a state of mind! I cannot stand people who preach religion and do the opposite in everyday life.

Jack McGilvery said...

Hoping this gets to the both of them (Amy & Matt Rolloff)....
In the middle of one season my wife and felt a sense for a scream for help!!!!, My wife and I started feeling the communication darts thrown at one another from you too at each other and (sometimes your precious kids).....as we looked at each other, we questioned the length of time this relationship would really hold on when the kids are gone, out of the house...... And feeling a sense of sorrowfulness for your family.
We so wanted to get ahold of you two (anyway we could) after that episode, to express the extreme need to get help ( in all areas of life) for both of you..no such thing as "your too old" either!!..you both need a separate, individual type of help..... But it first needs to be away from each other .. It's to show that you can learn to love yourself by yourself....
We both ( my wife and I ) study and are really truly invested in "ourselves" and our future years that come when we are old and grey together. We made a plan together to be just as happy when we're in our 80' s and 90's as when the first day we met... We know of techniques and practices that will make this long life goal become reality... And it's worked awesome after 13 yrs. so far...
So for a small example:
We've learned that in life, one must ensure that they are at a "truthful" happiness with ones self in order to "truly" make those around them happy (especially with our loved ones)....that's why the issues arise with all your kids ( when especially Matt try's to communicate with them) when you two try and communicate with them. We've seen you teach and love them with a happiness that just isn't there even though you may feel it so...be of cheer though!! because there is help that you both so need desperately need.... especially if you wanna be loving and successfully together ...( if you did want to save your relationship together).... Please know that there is hope and a sense of excitement to better ones self and as a couple and I know you two could do it, because you both do have strong wills..... So if interested of having yourselves back and gaining everlasting tools and recipes for love of yourself, so you may learn to extremely truly love each other please don't hesitate to email my wife and I at....tmcgilvery1@yahoo.com or j.mcgilvery@live.com..... Hope it's not too late, cause we know you all love each other.... you just need the right tools and people to show you how.... Thanks Jack and Tiffany.... Hope to hear from you soon
Live Life to the Fullest!! Don't just exist!!

Anonymous said...

You are unbelievable, I applaud the family for what they have achieved ! Matt has been the problem from the beginning. He acts like a spoiled child. At least they work their rear ends off unlike disgusting shows like BooBoo and Fat rednecks in Hollywood.
I TRULY HOPE THEY DON'T GO AWAY .
I do hope that Amy finally gets what she deserves. Basically, for the most part the kids are good kids, always helping with the exception of Jacob. He needs his but kicked.

Anonymous said...

Rap541, why the heck would you bring "GAY ANYTHING" into this. I am so tired of everything being about "GAY" What ever happened to just people. EVERY show you turn on has to have the politically correct Gay person. People are people, Black, white, Italian, Gay , what ever. It should never be a consideration just if you are genuinely a good person.

jo said...

I am of the opposite opinion of most of you. I think that bridal house is a wonderful place for Matt to crash for a few days while he and Amy fake up their marital strife. I mean really, since the marriage has been "in trouble" since the regular run was cancelled, why haven't they bitten the bullet and called it quits, especially since almost all their kids are out of the house? I mean, come on: there aren't even any dishes in the bridal suite. Even if I never, ever cooked for myself, I would still own some forks! Nice job on that hand of poker Matt, less nicely done showing your hand that you are clearly not living in the prefab...

dmt said...

I feel that they both rushed into a marriage without knowing each other completely and then had kids right away still without knowing each other. Matt was a businessman. Amy started having kids and became a mom. She is so bitter that she never got to have the career she went to college for. He is bitter that she isn't the woman he wanted afterall. They were given this show because of their difference. It has made them a lot of money, but the concept is now old and tired. So they wake up...been married 26 years and now in their 50s...kids are gone...show is fading...all that is left is the bitterness and one last stitch effort to keep the show going. She's a bitch and he's an ass. Pretty sad to me.

Sue said...

It is very clear that while Amy and Matt may still "love" each other based on 26 years of shared history, they don't respect each other (and haven't for many years), and they don't know how to reach and ACCEPT compromise together. Their FB pages both show a dinner "date" together in February, but if they still don't have a plan for marriage counseling, then the marriage won't be fixed by itself merely by the passage of time in separate houses.

And - Yay to Zach for buying a house!

Mike P. said...

DMT wraps it up beautifully.

I've always thought that the Roloff coupling was a chicken-or-egg puzzle.

Was Matt so self-absorbed and insensitive that, ultimately, Amy's only response was to sneer at everything?

Or was Amy such a negative, infantile, sour nag that, ultimately, Matt could only ignore her?

Turns out, the answer is "Yes." Thanks, dmt.

Cathie Castellano said...

Amy is a bitter nasty bully. How dare she bag others when this poor excuse for a mothe could not even care if her kids have sheets on their beds or clean clothes. All she ever seems to do is leave on some trip cause the worl can not surviive without her absolutley not

Rap541 said...

Anonymous said...
Rap541, why the heck would you bring "GAY ANYTHING" into this


I missed this earlier but let me answer you, anonymous.

I'm told Matt and Amy stand with Christ and part of standing with Christ is that they support the sanctity of Christian marriage and therefore they have every right to insist that gay people not be allowed the legal status of married couple. Marriage is so precious, such a holy rite, that they can't agree that everyone should have the same rights they have.

But, while they accept the applause from their fans - Matt can and proudly will snot off to the cameras how he walked out on his wife because she won't clean the house to his standard.

And apparently Jesus is a-ok with this and that's how precious marriage is to the Roloffs.

So they will deny gay people the same privileges they themselves enjoy... and then piss away the very same privilege. Not only piss it away, but accept money for displaying their inability to have a sanctified marriage in the eyes of God.

It's morally wrong for gay people to marry but everyone hush and do nothing but praise Matt and Amy for failing at theirs.

Think about it, how they have treated the privilege that they deny others.

Lark said...

You know what they say, Rap. 9 out of 10 christian divorcees believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.

Tiffany Nagel said...

Please learn to love one another again! The love is there! It has just gotten lost between work, kids , schedules, it happens to the best of us start dating each other again, and scale bake on the work you are going to have a lot coming up soon weddings and grandchildren. Your future is going to be awesome if you stay together and ask God for help have faith , I know in my heart God loves to help marriages like yours, to stay strong and last forever just have to trust that it will all work out and it will. Happy times are on there way!

Anonymous said...

The show in the beginning was very sweet!! I felt like Matt was a very spoiled man and he treated amy terrible. Amy worked extremely hard raising her kids and waiting on matt, that is what i could tell from the show. Matt camec up with ideas and everyone worked really hard while he directed traffic. I wish the family the best.