How Hollywood Deals with DivorceChristina Couch
How Hollywood Deals with Divorce 1 of 13First there was Elin and Tiger, then Sandra and Jesse, and now Jennifer and Marc. With the joint announcement that Lopez and Anthony's seven-year marriage is caput, both singers will begin the long and arduous divorce process. But they won't be alone amongst celeb pals. Here are 12 tips from celeb moms who’ve dealt with divorce disasters.
Christina Aguilera’s Advice: Enlist help 2 of 13A small circle of friends and family (including her son, Max) is what's helping Aguilera get through her still-fresh divorce with ex-husband, Jordan Bratman. "It's impossible to redefine yourself and your life overnight," Aguilera told Redbook. "Thankfully, I have my mom and a small group of close friends who are there for me 24/7 and whom I can trust and depend on. On days when it feels impossible to even get out of bed, much less function as a mother, their support and encouragement have kept me moving forward."
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Nicole Kidman’s Advice: Ditch the remnants 3 of 13Before there was Katie, there was Nicole and Tom in what was one of the most highly publicized celebrity marriages of the day. When it fell apart in 2001, Kidman was mum about the split until six years later. In a 2007 interview with Marie Claire, Kidman told reporters: "I practically shed everything when I got divorced. I have an art collection that I put in storage, and that's where it stays."
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Uma Thurman’s Advice: Take responsibility 4 of 13The Ceremony star and mother of two admitted to Redbook Magazine that it took her four years to fully get past her divorce with actor Ethan Hawke. Her advice for women going through the same thing? Take control. "With divorce, you are one person before, and you have to figure out how to be another person after," she said. "And women often blame themselves...You know why? Because at least that you have control over. People who blame everybody else, they don't realize doing that is like writing a blank check for all the control in their lives. But if you take responsibility, you can effect change. If you don't, you're a helpless victim."
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Elin Nordegren’s Advice: Show your kids your best self 5 of 13After going through the divorce heard round the world, the former model and ex-wife of golfer Tiger Woods told ABC News reporters that she was focusing on her two children to get through this tough time. "I am now going to do my very best to show [my kids] that alone and happy is better than being in a relationship where there is no trust," she said.
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Shania Twain’s Advice: Move on 6 of 13When this country star’s husband had an affair with her close friend and personal assistant, Marie-Anne Thiebaud, back in 2008, Twain turned around and married Thiebaud's ex-husband just one year after Twain's divorce was finalized. Twain told People, "Fred [Thiebaud] has given me a second lease on love." And some sweet justice as well.
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Karen Elson’s Advice: Celebrate the good times, forget the bad 7 of 13After six years of marriage and two kids, singer/songwriter Karen Elson and her now ex-hubby, Jack White, called it quits in style. According to Spinner.com, the couple gave their marriage a final send-off by throwing a party described by the couple as "a positive swing bang hum dinger." In a joint statement, the couple said, "We feel so fortunate for the time we have shared and the time we will continue to spend both separately and together watching our children grow.” If only all parents could be so amicable.
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Denise Richards’s Advice: Wish the new girl (or guy) well 8 of 13When Oprah asked Denise Richards — mother of two and Charlie Sheen's ex-wife — about Sheen's new wife, Brooke Mueller, Richards was impressively cool. “[Brooke] was going to be, and is, my daughter’s stepmom," Richards said, “so I want that to be a healthy marriage. That helps everyone.”
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Jenna Fischer’s Advice: Move on with the right person 9 of 13After ending a marriage of seven years, The Office star knew that she didn't want to waste time. On the subject of post-divorce dating, Fischer told Redbook: "I remember going out with one cute and funny guy. I thought, we could have a really fun eight months, but that's eight months I'm taking away from finding Mr. Right. I can't afford that. So I ended it." The tactic paid off for Fischer, who's currently married to screenwriter Lee Kirk. The couple is expecting their first child later this year.
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Kelis’s Advice: Learn from it 10 of 13The pop star, ex-wife of rapper Nas and mother of son, Knight, tells women going through the divorce process that even the worst things we experience in life have a lesson attached. "I'm not a big regret person," Kelis stated in an interview with Allure. "I've been divorced, and I can still say I don't regret it. I'm a big believer that if a bad situation happens, it is a lesson that needs to be learned, just once."
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Jaime Pressly’s Advice: Shelter the kids 11 of 13The former model and star of My Name is Earl says even if you might be warring with your ex-spouse, the kids don't need to witness it. Splitting with her former spouse after 7 years of marriage, Pressly says that she stayed sane by focusing on their child, Dezi James. “We make sure that no matter what happens, Dezi is okay and protected and knows that Mom and Daddy love him. We've never argued in front of him. We don't raise our voices around him," she told reporters.
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Eva La Rue’s Advice: Keep it clean 12 of 13When the CSI: Miami star and mother to daughter, Kaya, split from her former fiancee, Kaya's feelings were left in the wake. To keep the situation as amiable as possible, La Rue set some ground rules. "I made it a point to never say anything bad about [my ex] or Kaya's dad," she told Babble. "When people do that, they're not hurting the ex, they're just hurting the child. I want her to always think well of the people that are in her life and the people that she's chosen to love."
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Nora Ephron’s Advice: Focus on yourself 13 of 13When the author of When Harry Met Sally got divorced, she turned her attention to herself and her two children. "My religion is Get Over It," Ephron wrote on The Huffington Post. "I turned [my divorce] into a rollicking story. I wrote a novel. I bought a house with the money from the novel... For a long time, the fact that I was divorced was the most important thing about me. And now it's not. Now the most important thing about me is that I'm old."
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