The recent rash of celebrity engagements sadly makes many think about celebrity divorces. Those of us raised on fairy tales (why did our moms let us watch those and develop unrealistic expectations?) want to see “for better or worse” played out before us. But statistics are hard to ignore. So, heaven forbid, the worst happens, here is an example of how to divorce gracefully in the spotlight…
Courteney Cox and David Arquette: Rumors are swirling that divorce papers were filed by this couple on the same day because they signed them together, and without lawyers. Arquette told Howard Stern in an interview that Courteney told him she didn’t want to be this mother anymore, which he respected and appreciated. All Courteney wants from the divorce settlement is shared custody of their daughter and her last name back. This divorce has a real Friends vibe to it, wouldn’t you say?
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis: These two almost made divorce look cool. All the photos of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher surrounded by Bruce and Bruce and Demi’s brood inspired amicable divorces the world over. We’ll have to stay tuned to see if Demi can pull this off again with Kutcher. (Those family pictures are going to get pretty crowded if she keeps this up.)
Russell Brand and Katy Perry: This divorce kicked off charitably, with Brand refusing to take his share of Katy’s $44 million earnings while they were married. That’s a pretty stand-up thing to do, but what else would you expect from a comedian? The split was uncontested and stayed out of the courtrooms. Brand told the UK Lorraine Show, “You just have to have an acceptance of things. She is a person that I love, but now this is a new time.” That Brand is a bit of all right.
Debra Messing and Daniel Zelman: True to her character’s namesake, Messing handled the demise of her 20-year marriage with grace. Debra told Ladies’ Home Journal, “I feel like the 20 years we had together has been a huge success. And despite the fact that everything is changing, I think everyone is thriving.” Mud-slinging and trash talking might be more fun to read, but you have to respect high-profile celebrities who handle a major life change in such a seemingly healthy way.
So there it is. Hug it out. Don’t take money that doesn’t belong to you. Look at the positive instead of the negative. Are you listening Steven Tyler and Erin Brady? We’re just kidding of course. Deep down, we’d love to see more celebrity marriages succeed. Somebody has to prove those fairy tales true!