It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Life Part Deux” the 54-year-old divorced woman whose new boyfriend traveled so much for work, she only saw him once a month for a few days at a time. “I got divorced because I believed I deserved more in a relationship.” She wrote. “Now, I’m thinking that I still deserve more in a relationship … but I’m dreading going through with breaking up and looking for someone else again.” After the jump, find out if she broke up with him. Keep reading »
I’d always been told my engagement ring was special.
“Very high quality,” said my mother-in-law, who bought only high-quality pieces for her collection. “You’re very lucky.”
“You don’t want to know how much I paid for the resetting,” said Joe, my fiance-then-husband.
I didn’t care how much the ring cost, whether it was a hundred bucks or 18 G’s like at Tiffany’s. All I cared was that Joe was finally taking that final step, that after years of disapproval, his family had accepted me. I was finally good enough in his mother’s eyes, and had one of her prized baubles to prove it.
Or so I thought. Keep reading »
For years, stepmothers have complained that “Snow White” cast them in an unflattering light. Pop culture has tried to rehabilitate their reputation, presenting us with such paragons of step-parental virtue as Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music,” Florence Henderson on “The Brady Bunch,” and Allison Janney in “Juno.”
But in real life, many women find coping with another woman’s child harder than they had hoped. Some balk. Many moan. They form support groups, write articles about their hardships, and even publish books based on their challenging new situation.
While I’m sure parenting your partner’s kids can’t be a cakewalk, I think these women should shut up and wise up. Because no matter how hard it might be to become a step-parent, it’s twice as challenging to gain one. Keep reading »
“In an era when sensationalism is more prevalent than anything, yeah, [the divorce upped my popularity]. People love a train wreck. Lindsay Lohan—everybody is eager to see how that comes out. This is somewhat the same thing … Seeing how marriage didn’t work out for me the first time, I’m in no rush to do it again. Maybe I can find a couple of women who are open-minded. Look at how Hugh Hefner does it, with a harem of women.”
—Usher talks about his divorce last year from Tameka Foster in the new issue of Playboy. Any volunteers for his harem? Anyone? [People] Keep reading »