According to People, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have secretly ended their four-year relationship, if a relationship can ever be said to truly end. Does a river end? Do memories end? People’s source says the couple broke up months ago but “there was no drama,” adding, “they still have love for each other,” as if we lived in a world where love could be snuffed out like a candle instead of living on forever in text messages and two Amazing Spider-Man films.
As Joanna Newsom sings, “When cruel death debases / We believe it erases all the rest / That precedes / But stand brave, life-liver / Bleeding out your days / In the river of time / Stand brave / Time moves both ways.” Indeed, if there are words that can comfort Andrew Garfield, let them be these: Love is not a symptom of time; time is a symptom of love.