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Celebrities and Divorce

By: Hannah E. Smith, JD

Divorce is no stranger among the stars and starlets in Hollywood. Lately, it appears that celebrity couples are finding difficulty navigating the unknowns brought about by COVID-19. Divorce rates in the U.S. have spiked during the coronavirus pandemic as couples find themselves together at home around the clock with nowhere to go. The added stress of unemployment, illness, and homeschooling of children has created a significant strain on relationships—especially those that are frequently under the microscope of public scrutiny.

Kelly Clarkson recently announced her split from husband and manager, Brandon Blackstock. In June, Clarkson filed for divorce after seven years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences between her and Blackstock. Clarkson addressed the split during the season two premiere of her talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” Clarkson is keeping her split and eventual divorce from Blackstock very guarded because there are four children involved. Clarkson and Blackstock share daughter River, 6, and son Remington, 4. Clarkson is a stepmother to Blackstock’s two children from a previous marriage. On the bright side, the singer has always used music as her emotional outlet during difficult times. Her upcoming album will be filled with emotional ballads that are sure to rise to the top of the charts.

Last week, Cardi B filed for divorce from her husband of three years, Offset. Cardi B filed her divorce paperwork at a courthouse in Atlanta and stated that her marriage was “irretrievably broken.” Cardi B and Offset have one child together, Kulture Kiari. According to one source, Cardi B finally called it quits after being continuously cheated on by Offset throughout the marriage. She often looked the other way at Offset’s infidelity because of their daughter, but she has finally had enough. Cardi B is seeking legal and primary physical custody of her daughter.

On September 18, 2020, Christina Anstead announced on her Instagram that she and her husband, Ant Anstead, had decided to separate. The HGTV star made headlines a few years ago when she divorced her then-husband, Tarek El Moussa. The HGTV “Flip or Flop” stars had become household favorites as they bickered their way through renovating diamonds in the rough throughout California. After divorcing El Moussa, Christina married Anstead in December of 2018. While both have children from their previous marriages, they have one son together, Hudson London Anstead. Sources say the split will be difficult for all children involved, but the couple plans to co-parent peacefully as best they can.

Facing a divorce is never easy, especially when your entire relationship is in the public eye. There are many components to a divorce that couples should consider when calling it quits. How the process will affect children of the marriage is a top priority for many couples, including the celebrities above. Minimizing the impact a divorce has on children can help the children’s overall emotional health and well-being. Divorce is tough to navigate, but with the help and guidance of a family law attorney, one can successfully traverse the course of a divorce and prepare for a new life ahead.