It’s been a year filled with celebrity breakups—from Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey to Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend. My theory is that once Courteney Cox and David Arquette called it quits, soon followed by Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman, the floodgate opened and now everyone is taking the opportunity to break up, from Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter to Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron. And then yesterday came the ultimate: Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds. This breakup hit me especially hard. After the jump, 10 reasons why. Keep reading »
Wow. Let it be said that breakups were really going around in 2010. Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds are getting divorced, which is about as unexpected as when they got married. “After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we’ve decided to end our marriage,” a statement from the two reads. “We entered our relationship with love and it’s with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.” Alas, now I guess we won’t get to see the world’s most genetically superior children. I thought I was bummed yesterday when Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron called it quits, but now I’m downright sad. [TMZ] Keep reading »
“It definitely sometimes feels like a suit that I wish I could zip off. But I don’t feel bad about any of the things I’ve gone through, whether it’s divorce or breakups or anything like that, because that’s all part of the life journey, and I have those experiences just like anyone else. And I think it deepens what you tap into creatively.”
—Reese Witherspoon talks about her divorce from Ryan Phillippe in 2007. Man, she has good perspective. [EW via Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Like a lot of people, seeing the month of December flip over on the calendar every year brings on both excitement and dread for the remaining days of the year. Presents, parties, merry-making, decorating trees: pros. Spending hundreds of dollars I don’t have, the inevitable cookie- and cheese platter-induced weight gain, and a to-do list that doesn’t end until January: cons. But the biggest challenge of the holidays for me, as a person with divorced parents, always has been choosing where to spend them. And now that I’m married to a guy with divorced parents, too, it’s getting even trickier. We have four sets of parents, but, of course, there’s only one Christmas Day. Keep reading »
In fun holiday news, a new type of investment company is popping up around the country. If you’re intimidated by the stock market, maybe you’ll want to invest in divorce proceedings? Or not. Two companies—Balance Point Divorce Funding in Beverly Hills and Churchill Divorce Finance in New York—let you contribute to a woman (or man) going through a divorce proceeding and cover, say, a part of their lawyer’s fee or the cost of an investigator to seek out hidden assets. In exchange, you get a percentage of the settlement that’s reached in the end.
Before you get all up in arms about the state of our society, this actually isn’t the worst idea ever.
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“Things were so unhealthy and unhappy for both Jordan and me. I knew I had to end it. I really didn’t want to hurt Jordan, and I felt torn about splitting our family up. … When you’re unhappy in your marriage, your children are the ones who suffer. That’s the last thing I wanted for my son.”
—Christina Aguilera talks about why she and husband Jordan Bratman opted for divorce. Notice that there’s no mention of Matthew Rutler here. [People] Keep reading »