In recent weeks, he listed their 13,500-square-foot Pacific Palisades family home for $21 million, and was seen without his wedding ring.
Being locked down in our homes hasn't been easy on everyone. It made some people more productive and active, while others struggled, even in their relationships with close family members. It has been a trying time for couples as well. And, celebrities aren't immune to this slump either. One of the most stable relationships in Hollywood is reportedly shaken and in need of repair.
Matt Damon, 50, and his wife of 16 years, Luciana Barroso, 45, are reportedly going through a "shift" in their relationship after more than 15 years of marriage, a source exclusively tells In Touch. It's causing some "tension" between them, they added. "Everyone thinks that Matt and Luciana are the definition of true love, but behind closed doors, their marriage is far from perfect," an insider close to the couple said.
Just like many other couples, Damon and Barroso had to adjust to living indoors 24X7 because of the pandemic. And, just like other couples, they too are likely battling issues that might include mental health. "Since isolating together, she has noticed a change in their marriage," added the source. "Prior to lockdown, Matt was so romantic and hands-on, but not so much anymore. Luciana gets frustrated with him," they added.
Together, the couple has three daughters along with Barroso's first child with her first husband. They met in Miami in 2003 when The Bourne Legacy actor was there for filming a movie. Barroso was a bartender, and by then, the Talented Mr. Ripley actor had sworn off dating celebrities. "These days I definitely only date, as we say, ‘civilians,'" he was quoted as saying by Today.
They tied the knot in 2005 and he's talked about how important his family is to him many times. However, he has been seen without his wedding rings multiple times in the recent past, despite the ring being significant for him in many ways. It has a deep and meaningful connection to Damon's family.
"My grandmother gave my mother her ring in her will. My grandfather didn't have a lot of money; they were kind of children of the Depression, and the ring he gave her had these tiny, tiny little diamonds in them. They weren’t quality diamonds; it was what he could afford. But the marriage lasted," he told Parade in 2017. "They were married for over 60 years. It wasn't about the ring; it was about the marriage," he continued. "So when I told my mother that I was marrying Lucy, she gave me that ring and there were these six little diamonds. We took three of them and we put them on the inside of my band, and then we took three and we put them on the inside of her band. So they're not visible, but we're hopefully carrying the best part of that union with us," he added.
The couple had renewed their vows in 2013, 10 years after they met. They threw a party on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia and invited their close friends back then. It was their first big celebration for their wedding even when they tied the knot many years ago, as per USA Today. The couple is usually so low key they stay out of the scandal sheets.
The trouble in paradise is reportedly stemming from the actor being in a slump and depending on alcohol more than before. "He's not putting himself in dangerous situations. He's just slumped on the couch, watching sports for hours, only getting up to head to the fridge for another cold one," a source told the tabloid Star Magazine. "His wife, Luciana, and his friends can't understand why Matt needs a beer in his hand to unwind," the source continued. "It's a 7-days-a-week situation," they added.
In recent weeks, he listed their 13,500-square-foot Pacific Palisades property for $21 million as well, according to In Touch. “Matt needs his space and to escape the chaos," said an insider. While things have been difficult for both of them, the couple is trying to make it work. "Matt and Luciana do still love each other,” the source tells In Touch. "They have been through rocky patches before and pulled through, so hopefully it’s just a glitch," they added.
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