Vera Wang and Arthur Becker have announced they are separating after 23 years of marriage.
Wang, 63, and Becker, 61, dated for nine years before marrying in 1989, and have two daughters named Cecilia and Josephine. Wang is (obviously) known for her wedding gowns and Michelle Obama-approved creations, and Becker was previously a stockbroker at Bear Stearns and CEO of NaviSite.
Becker reportedly helped his wife grow her business into a world-renowned label, and after resigning from NaviSite two years ago, he became even more involved in her company. Sources tell Women’s Wear Daily he pushed Wang into doing more masstige lines (she has several with Kohl’s and David’s Bridal), and the company was also purportedly split into two sides — Becker’s and Wang’s. Could Becker’s heavy hand in her company have something to do with the split?
While Wang and Becker haven’t commented on the break-up, president of Wang’s company Mario Grauso released a a statement:
“Vera Wang and Arthur Becker have mutually and amicably agreed to separate. They remain devoted parents to their two daughters.”
An unnamed friend also tells WWD that the separation will not affect the Wang’s business:
“They will not let this impact the running of the company. They have worked too hard to build it up.”