The couple, considered A-listers when it came to the invitation lists of the area’s most prestigious non-profit events and private parties, are parting amicably, according to Haney.
“After 19 years of happiness and sadness, funny times and rough times, and literally most of our adult lives together, Paul and I have decided to part ways,” said Haney. ” It has been a very difficult time for both of us as we try to remain best friends. We will always be in each other’s lives and now it’s back to therapy.”
The two, who were not legally married, regularly attended events together, and together donated cocktail parties at their Canton home as a gala auction prize for some of their favorite charities. Marte was occassionally a guest host on Haney’s “Better Connecticut” show , when show co-host Kara Sundlun was out. Their annual Christmas cards were considered collector’s items. Their Halloween parties, a “must go.”
“My mother visited over the weekend and took me to the grocery store to acquaint me with the frozen food aisle because I don’t cook,” Haney said Tuesday half-heartedly joking. “She says I can cook for myself.”
Haney said the two will continue to reside in the Hartford area.”We will be trying to maintain a relationship,” Haney said about Marte who could not be reached for comment. “He is still my best friend.”