Looks like Debra Messing‘s marriage really is Smashed – and so, perhaps, is her promise to put her child first.
Just 8 days – count ’em, 8! – after announcing that she and husband Daniel Zelman were separating “amicably,” sources say she’s dating Will Chase, her costar in her new TV show Smash.
“Debra and Will have been together for about six weeks,” a source tells Us Weekly. “She is completely smitten with him.”
A rebound relationship is sticky enough, especially when you’re not officially divorced. But here’s where it really gets messy: Debra’s husband is still living with her!
For the sake of their 7-year-old son!
Can you say “AWK-ward”?
Another source confirms to People, “It all happened very fast, and it’s a difficult situation.” Can you say Understatement of the Year?
An amicable breakup is one of the greatest gifts an estranged couple can give their children, but how amicable are things going to stay when Mom’s new relationship is hitting the tabs before Dad even has a chance to pack his bags and clear out of the spare bedroom?
How much does Roman know about all this? At 7, it’s hard enough for him to come to grips with the reality that his parents aren’t in love anymore. Have they explained that Dad’s going to be moving out someday? The Us source says that Daniel still plans to make his exit “gradually,” but how long is he going to stay now that his third-wheel status is headline news?
How and when is Debra going to tell her young son that there’s a new man in her life – before or after her husband is out of the house? Is she going to introduce them right away to get Roman used to the idea, or will it be a slow transition so that Roman can process his feelings about the breakup?
And oh, yes – did we mention that Will just left his wife, too? And that he has two daughters from a previous marriage?
Yes, we know that the heart wants what it wants, but still…hoo-boy.
Does “putting your child first” during a divorce or separation mean putting your personal life second? Or is it possible to bring a new relationship into the mix and still keep the child’s feelings and needs high on the priority list?
One thing’s for sure: “keeping things uncomplicated” is no longer an option.
[Photo: Pacific Coast News]