The “Pregnant Man” is separating from his wife of nine years. “Like all marriages, we have our ups and downs, and we’re going through a rough patch right now,” Thomas Beatie, 38, revealed on a taped CBS program. “At the moment, we’re separated.” Beatie, who was born Tracy Lagondino, has just finished up his final gender-switch surgery from a female to a male. Read more…
Some women shy away from divorced guys, but I’m grateful my new boyfriend is divorced—or at least, on the way there (he is at the end of the process, in the final stages of paperwork). This is not a situation where someone says they’re getting divorced but is really just having an affair. They’ve been living apart for two years, and I would barely know he’s divorced except that it came up on our first date, one that neither of us knew was a date until the end. “Never get married,” he told me half-jokingly as he described the saga of the paperwork, and I smiled, because I have no plans to. When we started dating more seriously, I realized pretty quickly that I had nothing to feel threatened about, and that in fact, I was reaping the benefits of his divorce. Keep reading »
With a divorce rate of roughly 50 percent, almost all of us know someone — a friend, a colleague, a family member, ourselves — whose marriage didn’t work out. We tell ourselves, especially if they had kids, that the family will be better off, that they will all be happier in a split family than they would in a united but fighting one. Writer Penelope Trunk of The Brazen Careerist isn’t so sure.
Trunk has built a career on being shocking and saying everything that is on her mind. With a post she did a few days ago, she has certainly ruffled a few feathers. In it, she calls divorce an “incredibly lame and selfish route to take.” She says: “Divorce is immature and selfish.” Wow. This is especially interesting coming from someone who is herself divorced and who is also trying to work out a relationship with a man she openly admits abuses her on a regular basis.
In other words, her opinion may be slightly colored by her own experience. But is she right? Read more…
Most couples book weekend getaways to get closer to their partner. But for some, a stay at a “Divorce Hotel” will finally tear them apart forever and at a bargain price! In the Netherlands, “divorce hotels” are allowing couples to arrange divorces over the course of a weekend complete with legal documentation! During the stay, couples meet with a mediator and a series of do-it-all lawyers who split assets, agree on alimony payments and arrange visitation rights for a single fixed fee. Keep reading »
“I want to make our wedding just about me and her loving each other. We want to get married in front of our friends and family and keep it normal. It ain’t about selling the pictures, it ain’t about doing no prenup.”
That’s what Russell Brand had to say back in October 2010, just days before he wed Katy Perry in an extravagant ceremony in India. Now, of course, it seems like Brand lucked out, at least financially. Last Friday, the comedian filed for divorce from Katy Perry (who didn’t want to file herself and offend her extremely religious parents) and the couples’ assets are up for grabs. Brand apparently stands to make, gulp, an estimated $20 million from the pop star’s fortune because, under California law, the state’s community property clause splits money and property acquired during the union 50/50 when there isn’t a prenup. Someone should have told Katy that rich “California Girls” cover their assets before walking down the aisle. It remains to be seen, of course, how this will actually play out in court and whether Brand will actually go for “his” half of Katy’s fortune. [Hollywood Life]
After the jump, more celebs who got married sans prenups. Spoiler alert: Most of their stories don’t end so well.
It was good, it was bad — but it certainly wasn’t boring. From sex scandals to oddball marriages, sham weddings to sexting implosions, 2011 had something for everyone. Read on to see our most shocking celebrity breakdowns, political scandals and most surprising moments of the year. And tell us what you think the biggest scandal of the year was.
“I think it’s all about working on the relationship and making it better … when it’s good. Don’t wait for a problem to work on things. The goal is not to get into a relationship; the goal is to be in a relationship.”
– Ashton Kutcher shares the best relationship advice he ever received in the December issue of Women’s Health. Well, that’s awkward now that he and Demi are dunzo. I wonder if that was what he was doing that night with Sara Leal, “working on his relationship.” Okay, that was harsh. Look, I was all for Ashton and Demi having an open marriage, if that was indeed their arrangement, but the fellow is just slippery. I normally don’t care what celebrities do in the bedroom, but the transcript of his alleged night with Leal made me feel like I needed to take a shower. I can only imagine how his wife felt reading it. But I thank him for his relationship advice — it’s just good if you actually follow it. [Huffington Post]
In a last ditch effort to make their marriage seem like it was a real thing, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are seeking counseling. Sources say their union is “up in the air” after Kim flew to Minnesota to meet with Kris’ pastor, Joel Johnson. After a four-hour come-to-Jesus session (literally), they admitted that there is a lot wrong with their relationship. How brave of them, but aren’t these the kind of counseling sessions that usually take place before the wedding? Either way, I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall, if, in fact, this session actually happened. We won’t be holding our breath for a reconciliation. If Kim and Kris are representative of the rest of celebrity couples who’ve sought counseling, this is just the beginning of the end for them. Or the end of the end, considering they’ve already split. Click through to find out the fate of other famous lovers who (supposedly) ended up on the couch. [TMZ]
Hipster men of the world, try not to wet yourselves. Are you sitting down? Zooey Deschanel shall be single again. Life is imitating art for actress and singer who plays a single gal on Fox’s “New Girl.” Us Weekly confirmed that she and hubby Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie are splitting mutually and amicably after two years of marriage. Another indie dream duo is dead. Clap your hands if you still believe in marriage. [Us Weekly]