When it comes to American comedy, there’s no one quite like Jane Lynch. The 61 year-old actress has appeared on numerous TV shows and movies, such as The 40-Year Old-Virgin, Best In Show, Arrested development Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Glee. She’s also been featured in tons of commercials and has hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards, The Weakest Link, Hollywood Game NightThese and other TV specials are very popular.
The multifaceted performer prefers to keep private her love life. We do however know about two of her most significant romantic relationships. Here’s everything you need to know about Jane Lynch’s ex-wife, Dr. Lara Embry, and her current flame, Jennifer Cheyne.
Jane Lynch was previously married To Dr. Lara Embry
Jane Lynch was 49 when she met Dr. Lara Embry, her ex-wife. The fundraiser was in Dr. Embry’s honor and the pair were introduced. According to the couple’s wedding announcement in the New York Times, Dr. Embry approached Lynch to ask if she would like her picture taken. “I thought she was cute,” Dr. Embry said.
The couple got married in a small ceremony that took place on Memorial Day the following year. Haden, Lynch’s eight-year-old stepdaughter, was born to the union. This delighted the actress. “I’m almost 50, and I thought that possibility was behind me, so this is a real delight,” she told People magazine in 2010. “I never even heard it ticking.”
Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last. The couple announced their separation in 2013 and were divorced in 2014. The split was civil. “It’s not dramatic. It’s not a horrible thing. It’s something that we’re dealing with,” Lynch said in an interview with Larry King (as reported by US magazine). “It’s two people who just decided it’s better to go apart than stay together.”
The Glee star added that both she and Dr. Embry made a conscious effort to keep things amicable for the sake of Dr. Embry’s daughter. “We have to remain adults, which we have. We keep everybody’s—especially Haden’s—good in our mind.”
In 2019, she reunited with an old flame
After her divorce from Dr. Embry, Lynch’s love life was pretty low-key, until she ran into an ex she had dated back in the early ’00s, Jennifer Cheyne. Lynch claims they reconnected almost immediately and it was obvious that they had both changed (in positive ways) during their separation.
“[We] just fell back together so easily and lovingly,” Lynch said in a 2019 interview with Parade. “We’re very different people now—we don’t have the same insecurities we used to have. We live in peace. We have our own routines and separate spaces to retreat to within our home, but then we’ll have coffee together in the morning and meet for a meal.”
Lynch also said that she feels blessed to have had another chance at love at an old age. “Finding love in my 50s has been a blessing,” she told Parade. “[Cheyne’s]It’s really intelligent. We work so well and we’re really grateful that we found each other.”
While Cheyne isn’t an actress like her famous partner, she is a screenwriter. According to her Stage 32 profileShe earned a MFA in screenwriting at the University of California, Berkeley and has been writing professionally for many years. She also mentions Lynch in her profile, writing, “I live in Los Angeles with my sweet son Harry and my fabulous partner, Jane Lynch.”
We also know that the couple has a number rescue dogs. These include a pitbull-shepherd hybrid named Millie, and a cocker spaniel called Bernice.
“As long as I am healthy and financially stable enough to take care of them, you bet I’m going to have dogs,” Lynch said in her interview with Parade. “My dogs have it really good. A friend of mine said, ‘I want to come back in my next life as one of your dogs!’ Behind my house is a canyon with a lot of trees and plants and grass. It’s just a wonderful place for a dog to romp. We go out into the protected area, and they run around.”
We’re so glad Lynch and Cheyne found each other again—and are filling their home with lots of puppy love!