Final proceedings begin

Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard have filed for divorce following the breakdown of their marriage.

A true star couple, Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard's marriage brought together two very unique talents. Sadly, though, the pair couldn't make it work and announced their separation last year.

Now reports from the United States indicate that the two have begun divorce proceedings. People Magazine reports that Zooey Deschanel filed for divorce on December 27 2011 with the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

According to the magazine, the papers list the date of separation as October 31st and cite only "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their break up.

Since news of the separation broke, Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard have done their best to keep busy. Deschanel released a festive album with M Ward, using their acclaimed She & Him guise to focus on the Christmas period.

Ben Gibbard, meanwhile, led Death Cab For Cutie on a short British tour. However Stereogum have discovered another way in which the frontman may be keeping his mind off the impending divorce: running.

Pointing fans to an interview on Runner's World, Ben Gibbard is quoted on his love of running. Comparing running to taking drugs, the songwriter said: "It was that euphoric point everyone talks about. And like so many drugs, your next high is never as high as your first time, so you’re left chasing that initial high."

Watch the full interview below...


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