Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac: How the Notoriously Private Pairing Erupted Into a Public Divorce Battle

So much for keeping one’s personal life, well, personal.

In the last 24 hours, we’ve seen the nuances surrounding Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac‘s split depart from what many assumed would transpire peacefully and privately to remarkably public and contentious. After the Ghost in the Shell star released a statement responding to reports she had filed for divorce from the father of her 2-year-old daughter, claiming she will “never, ever comment” on their split, Dauriac responded Wednesday with his own take.

The art curator tells E! News in a statement, “It is indeed unfortunate, especially for our daughter, that Scarlett filed in Court and made our personal differences so public. I would implore her to withdraw her action promptly and to go back, as uncomfortable as it might be, to the negotiating table.”

Romain continues, “We are the parents of a lovely daughter whom we will continue to co-parent for many years and share her joys and sorrows as only a parent can.”

The outbreak in back and forth between Scarlett and Romain comes down to a custody agreement for Rose Dorothy Dauraic. Romain’s attorney Hal Mayerson claimed both parties were in the midst of private negotiations when Johansson enlisted the Manhattan Supreme Court to aid in processing an official divorce. In his words, Mayerson argued, “[Scarlett is] allowed to have her career, and there will be a certain degree of flexibility—but not to suit her schedule or Mr. Dauriac’s. It will be one that suits the child.”

After marrying in 2014, the now-exes began splitting their time between New York City and Dauriac’s native Paris—an added layer to the husband and wife’s demanding schedules they seemed, at least outwardly, to have a strong handle on.

In a 2016 interview with Cosmpolitan, Scarlett said “moving to Paris” was the best decision she’s ever made. “We’re both street rats,” she explained of their dynamic. “Being a New Yorker is a part of your personality, and he grew up in the heart of Paris. Just surviving the urban jungle is character building.”

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