Marketa Irglova Marries Someone Who Isn’t Glen Hansard

Photo credit: T. Loper

Well, that’s that. The once-storybook romance between Swell Season musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova received the final nail in its coffin today, as Irglova announced her recent marriage to “the most beautiful man [she] ever met.” It wasn’t Hansard.

The adorable couple rose to stardom in 2007 thanks to the movie Once and its Oscar-winning hit “Falling Slowly.” The touching romance of the film spilled over into real life as Hansard and Marketa become an item and began touring together as The Swell Season.

The couple didn’t live happily ever after though. In recent years the band has struggled to find its footing in the wake of a fan’s mid-concert suicide, a documentary called The Swell Season that captured tensions between Hansard and Irglova, and the couple’s eventual breakup.

The two are currently touring separately, and whether Irgolova’s marriage will finally spell the end for The Swell Season is anyone’s guess. For his part, Hansard responded to news of Irglova’s nuptials with characteristic grace, enthusiastically wishing the newlyweds a happy marriage.

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