While it’s not out of the ordinary for Marc Maron to bare his soul during his wildly popular podcast WTF, a new episode released today finds the comedian in a haltingly raw place. At the top of the show, before tossing to his interview with actress Natasha Lyonne of Orange is the New Black, he reveals to his audience that he has broken up with his fiancé Jess. Like all of the major parts of Maron’s life, Jess had become a familiar figure to Maron’s fans– not to mention the subject of a few episodes of IFC’s semi-autobiographical Maron. The comedian today said, in part:
I’m in a relationship that was difficult. And it was difficult for a long time for a lot of reasons. And it became, for me, too much. And I ended my relationship with Jess. And it’s horrible. It’s just a horrible feeling, because—well, let’s see if I could parse this out. It’s hard to break up with someone who you love and care about, but you know you have to do it. I don’t think I’ve ever done something this difficult in a relationship before. I care about her immensely and I love her, but we could not go on the way were going on— at least from where I was sitting, at least from my side of it.
Maron had announced the engagement in June, prompting mainstream celebrity outlets like Us Weekly to report the news. The difference, however, between Maron and the A-listers who populate the pages of weekly celeb magazines, as I see it, is that the folks who listen to Maron every week sincerely feel an emotional bond with him– and for good reason. “I’m sad and heartbroken,” Maron said toward the end of today’s intro. Go here to listen to the entire episode.