Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen call it quits after four years: 'It got hard'

Breaking up is hard to do -- but Twitter makes it a little easier to spread the word.

Sarah Silverman told fans this week that she and boyfriend Michael Sheen have called it quits, offering a detailed but concise explanation with one single tweet.

"The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas. I mean, not 'over Christmas' - like that wasn’t the fight that ended it. No fight. We just live in different countries & it got hard," Sarah wrote.

She then added, "Felt we should just tell y’all so u stop askin, 'How’s Michael/How’s Sarah?'"

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Sarah Silverman (L) and actor Michael Sheen attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Comedian/actress Sarah Silverman and actor Michael Sheen attend photo op for Hulu's 'I Love You America' at Cheateau Marmont on October 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, USA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Sarah Silverman (R) and actor Michael Sheen (L) attend the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Passengers' at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California on December 14, 2016. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Presenter Sarah Silverman arrives with partner Michael Sheen at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 16: Actors Michael Sheen (L) and Sarah Silverman attend a screening and panel for Showtime's 'Masters of Sex' at the Landmark Theater on May 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03: Actors Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen arrive at the premiere of Roadside Attractions' 'Love and Friendship' at Directors Guild of America on May 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03: Actors Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale and Sarah Silverman attend the premiere of 'Love & Friendship' at the Directors Guild of America on May 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03: Actors Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale and Sarah Silverman arrive at the premiere of Roadside Attractions' 'Love And Friendship' at Directors Guild Of America on May 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actors Sarah Silverman (L) and Michael Sheen attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actors Michael Sheen (L) and Sarah Silverman attend The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_013 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Actor Michael Sheen and comedian Sarah Silverman attend the 2015 Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony at The Edison Ballroom on February 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 19: Actor Michael Sheen (L) and Comedian Sarah Silverman poses in the press room during the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 15: (L-) Actor Michael Sheen and actress/comic Sarah Silverman arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' on May 15, 2014 at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen are seen on March 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by David Krieger/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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The two began dating in January 2014. Before finding love with each other, they both previously had long-term (and high-profile) relationships; Sarah dated Jimmy Kimmel from 2002 to 2009, and Michael dated Kate Beckinsale from 1995 to 2003.

Sarah is famously quite good at maintaining a positive friendship with exes. She and Jimmy are still great friends, and in 2016, she and Michael were thrilled to share a red carpet moment with Kate. The photos from their sweet meet-up are in the gallery above.

 

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