In June, Miss Piggy received the Sackler Center First Award for being a trailblazer for women, and her date that evening was none other than Kermit the Frog. Prior to Piggy’s appearance, Kermit exchanged some witty repartee with host and presenter Gloria Steinem in the front row of the audience, dishing on his storied, oft-fraught relationship with the legendary pig. His playful barbs about Piggy’s well-known attitude and flair for the dramatic were what we’ve come to expect from Kermit, and ultimately, he told Steinem that he was “very proud” of her. Everything seemed totally normal, just one half of a legendary romance supporting the other half’s success—like, say, watching Jay Z cheer on Beyoncé as she received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at last year’s VMAs.
Except it appears that all may not have been fine that evening, for Kermit and Piggy have officially called it quits:
Kermit himself has confirmed this as well.
The two are currently promoting their return to primetime TV, and Vulture editor Joe Adalian seems to have the inside scoop on what—or rather who—caused the breakup: Another pig, who works in marketing at ABC. This isn’t too surprising considering that the first trailer for The Muppets that went around earlier this year, in which Piggy appeared to find Kermit’s affections tied up by someone else. But still—love is dead, dreams are dashed, rainbows disconnected, childhoods shattered.
When I interviewed Piggy in anticipation of the awards ceremony, I asked the newly self-declared feminist what advice she might have given her younger self, considering her rocky relationship with Kermit.
I would say: “Moi, there will be good times and bad times with this frog, so try to always enjoy the good times. And write down the bad times, cause that’ll come in handy later when you’re writing a tell-all memoir.”
Whether we find out all about it in her memoir or in the upcoming show, the details are sure to be juicy, and undoubtedly heartbreaking.