It’s easy to name stars who won the Oscar for Best Actress and went on to see their relationships go belly up—Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Winslet, and of course last year’s winner, Sandra Bullock. There sure seems to be some sort of Oscar Curse going on. But scientists from the University of Toronto wanted to see if was scientifically legit or just paranoia. After crunching the numbers, they found that of the 265 married women who have been nominated for Best Actress from the beginning of the modern Oscars in 1936 to the present, 159 of them got divorced. That’s a whopping 60 percent. Keep reading »
Yesterday, I told you about Carol Anne Riddell and John Patilla, the couple spotlighted in The New York Times’ “Vows” column on Sunday, who fell in love when they were both married to other people, and subsequently broke up their families to be together. My qualm wasn’t so much with the messy way in which they fell in love — which, at best, could be described as an emotional affair and, well, s**t happens — but that they chose to share all the details of their perspective on their love story in such a public forum. I mean, get married, but don’t invite the entire world to the reception, you know? It just seemed unnecessarily insensitive to the spouses they left, not to mention the children they had with their exes. Well, it seems that the happily married couple now regrets the decision to appear in the paper. Sort of. Keep reading »
Well, Sunday’s New York Times’ wedding announcements sure were interesting. There was the couple that got engaged just 51 days after meeting on JDate. The bride who brought her two cats along as “chaperones” on an early date with her now-husband. And then there was the highlight of the section, the couple that fell in love when they were both married to other people. Scandalous! Keep reading »
Retrospect is certainly 20/20. Now that Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson have announced that they’re divorcing, their marriage no longer looks like the shiny, happy ball of gorgeousness that we’d assumed it was while it was intact. Naturally, rumors have started circulating about what happened to the World’s Sexiest Couple. Some are now saying that Ryan cheated—giving the friendship he struck up with his “Green Lantern” co-star Blake Lively a second glance. And looking back at quotes from Scarlett, it was pretty obvious that something was up. “We have no time for dates,” she said in an interview with Liev Schreiber in Time Out New York in 2009.
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Can I start dating while still sleeping with my ex-husband?
We can’t stand each other but we love sleeping together. Of course now that the divorce is final, I really want to get back out on the dating scene and start meeting new men. Do I need to permanently boot my booty call before meeting new guys or can I keep my little sugar on the side?
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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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