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Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend Compares Me To His Dead Ex”

I’m 22 and recently started my first real relationship. We’ve only been dating for about two months and he already talks about, mentions in conversation, and sometimes even compares me to his deceased ex (whom I knew very casually as we were from the same small town and went to the same school). It’s been about four years since she passed away, and they were an “on and off” couple at the time. I was fine and actually thankful for his honesty about the situation in the beginning, but I got a little weirded out when he started comparing me to her — especially when I kissed him. He said it was odd that I sometimes kissed with my eyes open, like she used to do (and he even asked me to stop doing that). I tried to confront him a little about it, basically by saying I am not her at all, and any comparisons should be kept to himself, but I don’t want to hurt him or create more problems than it’s worth with this. I noticed that this also tends to make him seem a little clingy and sometimes emotional, but I have little to compare to. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! — Not a Replacement

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Spencer Pratt Says Marriage To Heidi Montag Was “A Show”

Now that the ink is dry on Heidi Montag‘s divorce filing, Spencer Pratt is spilling the beans. Apparently, the epic Spencer/Heidi love story was as fake as Heidi’s new body. “I love Heidi but our marriage was a show – it was part of ‘The Hills’ world,” Spencer said. “And that world is on a sound stage.” But he also alluded to the fact that the couple just wanted different things from their fame whore lives: “It’s clear that reality TV-fame-loving Spencer Pratt does not fit with my ex-wife Heidi Montag’s ambitions for a motion picture actor/pop star career and being a single sex symbol for the world,” he continued. Doesn’t this add a whole new sad layer to the story of Heidi’s 10 plastic surgeries? One wonders if after spending so much time with her loathsome ex just to be famous, Heidi Montag started to loathe herself, too. [People] Keep reading »

Heidi Montag To Divorce Spencer Pratt

Jen and Brad. Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. Princess Di and Prince Charles. The greatest marriage of our generation is officially split: Heidi Montag has filed for divorce from Spencer Pratt. Like, for serious you guys! Two months ago when Heidi filed for legal separation from her fame-whorish, controlling, and wildly bearded ex, we all thought it was another dumb publicity stunt. But the Human Barbie has actually filed a divorce petition in California, citing irreconcilable differences. The ex-”Hills” stars, who married shortly over a year ago, are seeking an out-of-court settlement—i.e., no court room dramz or tabloid fodder. Heidi’s lawyer told People, “Both parties are amicable with each other and over the possibility of finalizing their divorce.” Hand me a tissue; I’m inconsolable. [People] Keep reading »

Beware: You Can Catch A Divorce From Your Friends

If you are planning on making your marriage last, steer clear of divorced people. Yes—break out your gas mask, because a new study shows that divorce is highly contagious. Researchers found that having a close friend or co-worker who’s divorced increases your chances of getting divorced by 75 percent. Even knowing a friend of friend going through a divorce increases your chances of splitsville by 33 percent. Researchers call this phenomenon “divorce clustering.” So why is divorce so contagious? Watching friends go through a divorce is thought to make one look at their own relationship under a microscope. That and being surrounded by divorced folks lessens the stigma. Screw the swine flu; divorce is the new pandemic. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Mind The “Happiness Gap” If You Want To Keep Your Love Alive

How important is it for both partners in a relationship to be equally happy to make it last? According to a new study done at Deakin University in Australia, it’s very important … especially for the ladies. Researchers studied the effect of the “Happiness Gap,” a theory which states that the bigger the difference in satisfaction levels between spouses, the bigger the chance for splitsville. The study surveyed thousands of married and unmarried couples in Britain, Germany, and Australia and found that a big “Happiness Gap” was only a relationship dealbreaker if the woman was more unhappy than her man. Married women who were miserable were more likely to file for divorce than unhappy hubbies. They also found gaping “Happiness Gaps” in couples that were living together but not married, where the woman did most of the housework, came from a different social background from her man, or made more money than the man. They found much narrower “Happiness Gaps” in couples that came from similar social and religious backgrounds or where the woman was a housewife, student, or retiree. Conclusions? Men, make sure your woman is the happier one in the relationship. Oh, and help with the housework. And women, don’t have a career and a husband if you want to be happy. Womp womp. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Cash & Coupling: How To Cover Your Ass-ets During A Breakup

You’ve discovered your union is more Ben and J. Lo than Ben and J-Gar. Some things just weren’t meant to be. Luckily for you, making a few dumb decisions on love doesn’t mean you — or your finances — are doomed for all eternity. As long as you’re smart enough to avoid a major financial setback during your breakup (and, of course, avoid making “Gigli 2”), you’ll emerge a little heartbroken but with a bank account as strong as ever. Here’s how to cover your “ass-ets” when you’re breaking up. Keep reading »

Therapy For Your Pocketbook Episode 3: “Goodbye Hubby, Hello New Biz”


Diane, a recent divorcee, got the house (thank the Lord!) — and the mortgage payments (damn it!). As she adjusts to her single income and not having to clean up Steve’s toenail clippings anymore, she is encouraged by Finance Expert Manisha Thakor to downgrade from champagne to sparkling wine and to develop a kick ass business plan.

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Better Marriage Blanket Will Save Your Marriage By Repressing Farts

The divorce rate in this country is way too high, period. Many marriages break apart due to financial problems, work-related stresses, the hectic nature of raising children, and a constellation of other reasons. But not many know that a shocking secret has led to the dissolution of many of this country’s great union. And that is farts. Farts, I know, speaking from personal experience, can destroy a bond once thought unbreakable. Horrible late-night emissions, disturbing butt-gas odors, and explosive noises emanating from your significant other’s rear end can send one screaming out the front door and right to the divorce lawyer. Thankfully, for the more gaseous and also married among us, there is the Better Marriage Blanket. The blanket is made with military-grade materials that stop nightmarish farts from killing romance in the conjugal bed. I’m ordering one as soon as I find a husband! [Gizmodo] Keep reading »

A Bad Marriage May Have Serious Effects On Your Health

As a single lady who is fairly skeptical about marriage, I found this NY Times Magazine article very enlightening. The long-standing theory is that there are major health benefits for the marrieds of the world—they tend to live longer, healthier lives. But new research is showing that this “marriage benefit” does not extend to those that are unhappily married, divorced, or widowed. It seems to be more about the quality of the relationship than having the relationship itself. I hate to say it—duh! Who feels good in an unhealthy relationship? No one.

After the jump, what some scientific studies have shown about marriage and health. Keep reading »

Quotable: Ryan Phillippe Still Sad About Getting Divorced

“I still have sadness and complicated feelings about my divorce. But how beneficial is it to keep hanging onto those feelings? … I thought the more experience you had, the more certain you would be about life. But I’m finding the opposite, man. I’m more in wonder and confusion than I was in my 20s.”

—Ryan Phillippe in the new issue of Men’s Health. Oh wait—were you talking, Ryan? I got distracted by the glory that is your abdomen. Though you’re a little veiny, no? [People] Keep reading »

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