After a rocky relationship that began when Julian Schnabel cooled on second wife Olatz López Garmendia, the 80s art star has officially broken up with Italo-Palestinian journalist girlfriend Rula Jebreal, a collaborator on his recent film “Miral.” ARTINFO is not exactly surprised at this development.“The pair parted ways in June after a grueling press tour promoting their movie “Miral,” based on Jebreal’s autobiographical novel and directed by Schnabel,” reports the New York Post’s Page 6.
One source told the Post that Schnabel “ended it before the Venice Biennale in June.” The couple were recently seen fighting on the set of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in a tiff over Jebreal’s styling. Miral, directed by Julian Schnabel, is based on journalist Rula Jebreal’s autobiographical novel about growing up as a Palestinian in Israel.It tells the first-hand tale of three women whose lives unfold during the first intifada, the Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation that began in 1987.Highlighting the remarkable work of a Palestinian woman named Hind Husseini – a woman who sacrifices everything to establish a school for refugee Palestinian girls in East Jerusalem and takes Miral in – the book and film show that hope still exists within a world of conflict.Bringing numerous elements of her own life into the story – Jebreal and her younger sister were taken in by Husseini after their own mother committed suicide.Beyond the realms of the page and movie screen, Jebreal’s own life has its own happy ending: after the Oslo Accords broke down she began her new life and left for Italy, undertaking a scholarship at the University of Bologna.
Later becoming the first foreign-born female journalist to read the evening news on Italian TV, Jebreal has had her own political talk show since 2003 – interviewing the likes of the Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and other high-profile politicians and personalities in Europe and the Middle East.
In 2005, she received Italy’s prestigious Ischia Prize for International Journalism.
The filmmaker started dating the journalist after leaving his second wife Olatz Lopez Garmendia four years ago (07), but their rocky romance hit the headlines several times after they were spotted arguing in public.
Schnabel apologised to staff at NBC studios in New York in March (11), after the pair had a bust-up before a TV show to promote their movie Miral, which Jebreal wrote.
And the relationship reportedly failed to recover - they split in June (11), according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
A source tells the publication, "He ended it before the (art festival) Venice Biennale in June.