Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon split; Robbins makes Shawshank Redemption-style escape

Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are going their separate ways.

Actor/political activists Tim Robbins and Sarandon have split up after being an unwedded couple for 23 years.

The two actually split this past summer, but news of the couple’s no longer being happily unmarried finally leaked as a result of Robbins’ escape from the home the two shared in New York.

When the couple decided to part ways this past summer, Robbins chose to leave the relationship by spending several months using a tiny rock hammer to tunnel through the foundation of the couple’s home.

He finally made it through earlier this week and saw that the hole he’d tunneled, a la his character’s escape in The Shawshank Redemption, led directly into a sewage pipe that drained from the home.

We’re guessing Robbins is pretty excited about his new-found freedom.

That pipe, as luck would have it, led 500 yards (or “just shy of half a mile”, as Morgan Freeman’s character erroneously estimated in the 1994 film). (Five hundreds is actually 1,500 feet, or about 28% of a mile).

Spending several hours vomiting and crawling his way through the pipe, just a few days ago Robbins made his way to freedom.

However, instead of cleaning up and closing accounts in several banks, Robbins plans to settle in one of the other homes the couple had together as he and Sarandon sort out their possessions and resolve an amicable split.

The two first began their relationship after meeting while filming Bull Durham.

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