Local indie rock musician Ben Gibbard has returned to Seattle after divorcing his wife of two years, actress Zooey Deschanel. Not only is he moving back to the area that he calls home, he is also performing two sold-out rock concerts in Seattle in November.
Frontman of the band Death Cab For Cutie, 35-year-old Gibbard was born in Bremerton, Washington, and attended Olympic High School. His band was formed in Bellingham at Western Washington University in 1997, where it quickly gained popularity across the country. The band has produced eight full-length albums.
Gibbard and Deschanel married in 2009 outside of Seattle and then moved to Los Angeles. Throughout their two-year marriage, Gibbard said he became homesick for his hometown and moved back to the Northwest after his separation last year. While he always kept a home in the Seattle area, the musician now lives there when not touring with his band.
In 2012, Gibbard release his second solo album, Former Lives, which the singer says contains songs from as far back as 2004. Still, he said some of the songs were loosely inspired by his divorce and relationship, though he tries to write about love and loss in broader, more general terms.
The divorce of Gibbard and Deschanel was described by a source close to the couple as amiable and mutual. Deschanel officially filed for divorce in Los Angeles in January 2012, citing irreconcilable differences. The star of television sitcom “The New Girl” and singer for the indie rock band She and Him has begun dating again.