Celebrities seem to have it all – money, fame, success, and a lifestyle many people envy. However, for all of this, a lot of celebrity marriages end in divorce. But why is this?
Hollywood divorce attorney Laura Wasser revealed the main reason for celebrity divorce, and it is surprisingly regular...
Wasser explained that often, these famous couples have just grown apart:
“They might not always say this, but that’s the underlying reason. When people have extramarital affairs, or money problems, those may lend to a separation. But the underlying problem with divorce is just that they’ve grown apart.”
This is the number one reason behind divorce between ‘regular’ people too.
The attorney added:
“It may just be the natural evolution of the couple. It may also be they’re not communicating well. That’s a huge thing, not only if you’re in a relationship, but it you also want to make it work after you’ve split up. If you still have a connection, like kids or a business partnership, you have to be able to communicate.”
Wasser, who has represented names like Angeline Jolie, Jennifer Garner, and Kim Kardashian, noted:
“Sometimes it’s just easier to talk after you’ve split up. If that’s the case, you’ll be able to co-parent much more effectively.”
So, what advice does she have to help couples stay together?
“Even if you don’t have prenuptial agreement, you should have conversations about things you otherwise wouldn’t talk about. These are not very sexy, romantic conversations, but they are things that set the expectations in the relationship.”
Wasser says these may include subjects like:
“My parents are getting older. Are they going to live with us, or will we put them in assisted living? What religion are we going to raise our children? Are they going to private or public school? What age do you think we’re going to retire? Are you going to want to go back to work after we have children?”
These sort of life-planning conversations seem to make sense, but, what if things really go bad and divorce is inevitable?
Wasser says you should:
“Remember this is a business transaction. So let’s take the emotion out of it and figure out the business of dividing assets and custody.”
If that all sounds a bit cold, she adds:
“The other thing is, remember this is someone you married. Try to tap into those good memories, because there must have been some. This is a person you’re going to have to be dealing with for the rest of your life, so figure out a way to do it before the anger and animosity starts to make your face look bad.”
What do you think?
If Wasser is right, and it is simply that people drift apart or start finding it difficult to get along, Halle Berry must be hard work! 🙂