Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman’s marriage is indisputably one of Hollywood’s most unique and beloved relationships. Though their on-again, off-again romance looks to be permanently settled, their refusal to get divorced has sparked more than a few tabloid rumors. Thankfully, there’s nothing but love behind the scenes for Perlman and DeVito.
DeVito And Perlman’s History Goes Back Decades
Perlman saw DeVito first in a 1971 off-Broadway play, and it didn’t take much longer for the two to move in together. By ’82, they had moved to Los Angeles together, got to play an on-screen couple on Taxi, and married one another. They had three kids—Lucy, Grace, and Jacob—before first breaking up in 2012. They reunited the following year but seem to have split for good since their 2017 breakup. It’s pretty easy to see that Perlman and DeVito have a lot of history together and clearly understand one another.
However, that doesn’t stop the whispers about what made them split or whether or not they’ll get back together once more. Two people mutually deciding that they’re better off as non-romantic partners just isn’t exciting enough for celebrity gossip. Rather than actually listen to DeVito or Pearlman’s viewpoint, tabloids and gossip blogs still argue that things are bad between the two or that one is desperately trying to reconcile with the other.
Danny DeVito Gets A Raw Deal, Too
To add insult to injury, we’ve seen far too many outright false rumors that imply that Danny DeVito had a drinking problem that affected the relationship. While DeVito has had a career resurgence playing the debaucherous and drunken Frank Reynolds in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he’s no more like Frank in real life than he’s like the Penguin in Batman Returns. Rhea Perlman has never said anything about alcohol playing any role in their relationship, and there’s no other evidence whatsoever.
As she explained on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, she and her husband have been on fantastic terms for years now. “It’s much better because all the tense stuff is gone. It’s not in your face. I’m not in his face. He’s not in mine,” she said. “There was a hard transition through the kids and everything, but everybody’s got a good relationship with Danny and with me and with each other, and that’s all we care about.”
“But I’m not getting divorced. That’s not in the picture … What for? We do live separately. We see each other a lot, too,” she added. Perlman and DeVito still talk constantly, and they continue to sing one another’s praises when they have the chance. Their lives are already permanently entwined through their family, and a divorce would add a stack of paperwork and complications big enough to give anyone a headache. It’s the simplest explanation, which unfortunately makes it the least thrilling one. Regardless, it’s clear that though the romance is no longer a part of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman’s relationship, the love is and always will be there.