Rumors have been swirling for years about whether Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts are married or not. But it seems that any speculation surrounding their relationship could soon be moot, as a source tells RadarOnline.com exclusively that the New York based couple, who have two sons together, are going through a rough patch.
"Liev is kind of arrogant and snobby," a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com. "And it grates on him that Naomi has the higher profile, bigger, better career and higher earnings.
"Despite the rumors that are out there, they are not married, and they haven't talked marriage plans in a good two years.
"They’ve already been through two real relationship crisis's, in January 2008 when Heath Ledger died and then last Spring/Summer time, and they came extremely close to splitting but they decided to go to couples’ counseling and work it out for the sake of the kids. When Heath died it really rocked Naomi’s world and she totally withdrew. Liev just isn’t the kind of guy who will hold Naomi’s hand to get her through a tough period. Instead he acts like he doesn’t need the relationship and can walk out at anytime. But he better be careful because if he keeps it up he could lose Naomi and I do think that would devastate him.
"But, it looks like they're slowly deteriorating, and finding themselves back in a bad place once again.
"Basically, it's a total clash of the egos between the two of them. It's always tough to make a relationship work when it's between an actor and actress. Both tend to be self-obsessed to a degree, and Naomi and Liev fit that description to a T.
"Liev would like Naomi to take more of a back seat when it comes to her career, he wants to be the major star and breadwinner and he would like her to be more of a stay at home mom. But Naomi knows that her movie making days are running out fast and she wants to capitalize on her looks and fame while she still can - while she's still young enough.
"Plus she loves being an actress, and loves the validation she gets from the fans and the critics.
"They're kind of in a no win situation and basically at a stalemate, neither side wants to budge or compromise. I really don't see how they are going to work this one out and reach a resolution that keeps both sides happy.
"I know for a fact that if they didn't have the kids they would of split a long time ago. It seems that now, the only thing holding them together is their two sons, who they both love very dearly. Unfortunately, it seems that they no longer love each other very dearly though."