Ali Wong and her husband Justin Hakuta are splitting up after eight years of marriage.
“It’s amicable and they will continue to co-parent lovingly,” a source told People, who confirmed the news with Wong’s rep on Tuesday.
The star comedian was married to Hakuta, son of Japanese American inventor Ken ‘Dr. Fad’ Hakuta, for eight years, and they have two daughters together. The former couple first met in 2010 at a friend’s wedding reception before tying the knot four years later in November of 2014. Eldest daughter Mari, with whom Wong was pregnant with during her breakout comedy special “Baby Cobra,” was born in 2015, followed by Nikki in 2017.
The story of how Wong and Hakuta came together was often written into Wong’s stand-up routines, with her joking that she had “trapped” the Harvard Business School entrepreneur for his earning potential.
“I trapped his ass initially by not kissing him until the fifth date, which is a very unusual move on my part,” she said during her first special. “But I did it on purpose, because I knew that he was a catch.”
Following the immense success of “Baby Cobra,” Wong later joked in her second special “Hard Knock Wife” about how their financial circumstances had changed since Hakuta’s family made her sign a prenuptial agreement.
She confirmed as much in her 2019 memoir dedicated to her children, titled, “Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life.” The prenup was “one of the greatest things that ever happened to me and my career,” she revealed, as it motivated her to earn money on her own.
In her third and most recent comedy special “Don Wong,” Wong’s stand-up routine may have hinted at some problems within their marriage, which she called “monogamy jail.”
“He proposed, we got married, we bought a house, had two kids,” she reflected on her relationship. “Fast-forward to seven years later, present day, I’m, like, I don’t know why I did that.”