Swinger Thomas Middleditch And His Wife Mollie Gates Are Getting Divorced

June 1, 2020 / Posted by:

Last summer Thomas Middleditch of the show Silicon Valley did a very wise thing and publicly declared that swinging saved his marriage to costume designer Mollie Gates. In an interview with Playboy, Thomas spit paragraphs, explaining how after they got married he informed Mollie that they needed to get “non-traditional” because he felt sexually repressed, and “instead of saying “Fuck you, I’m out,” she was like, “Let’s figure this out”. So together, they joined “the lifestyle” (his words).

Well, shocker of all shockers, it looks like Thomas spoke too soon! After just under five years of marriage, Mollie finally said “Fuck you, I’m out”, and filed for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. The difference being Thomas likes to kiss (other ladies) and tell (everybody). She’s asking for spousal support, and a source (sexy Mary Anne from two cul-de-sacs over), told People “they still care deeply for each other and will move forward as friends.” 

Most of what I know about married swinging comes from the movie The Ice Storm. But millennial open relationships seem to be super common. Half the guys I see on Tinder are into “ethical non-monogamy”, and most of them look as nerdy as Thomas. Usually, they add something reassuring like “don’t worry, my girlfriend’s chill.” 

But when I read the interview last summer, my “excuse me?” eyebrow went way, way up. Zero judgment on open relationships, but put yourself in Mollie’s shoes. She marries this guy, then he tells her he wants to bang other women? So to save her marriage, she agrees to try it his way (let’s make it clear, her compromise is what temporarily “saved” the marriage, not swinging), but they’re “constantly arguing” while she tries to rein him in (always fun to be the female nag!). And then, after all that, this guy goes and blabs everything to Playboy (and by proxy the world), so now when Mollie Googles her name, all the results include the word “swinging”.

And it looks like Mollie agrees. Thomas recently admitted (via People):

“To be honest, it’s a thing I wish I could take back. It was poor execution. But I’ve learned to keep things a little more close to the chest,” he told The Daily’s Beasts’ The Last Laugh podcast in April. “ It was a painful [learning experience], to be honest.”

Well, it looks like that “learning experience” was too little too late. Also, has Thomas never seen an episode of The Real Housewives? Any time you publicly announce your marriage has been “saved”,  or renew your vows in a lavish Hawaiian ceremony, that shit’s over within a year! Just call Thomas “Robert Durst”, because that boy pulled a Jinx (I’ll see myself out, thanks).

Pic: Wenn.com

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