'Survivor' Star Lisa Whelchel's Divorce Makes Us Wonder if Any Marriage Is Forever

Lisa WhelchelSometimes when celebrities get divorced, it's like, Duh, why'd those two get married anyway? (Hello Katy Perry and Russell Brand.) Other times, it's quite a shock and makes you question the whole institution. (Goodbye, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett.) Still other times, it makes your jaw drop open and your head begin shaking slowly side to side like someone in catatonic shock. I'm talking about former Facts of Life star and Survivor: Philippines cast member Lisa Whelchel, who divorced her husband of 24 years. Oh lawdies, people, not Blair!!!


Lisa, who played the spoiled preppy girl Blair for nine years, and her husband, Steve Caubel, got divorced on March 1. A week later, Lisa flew to the Philippines to film Survivor. She feels like the show was a good way to start healing from her personal devastation. She told People:

Going out to Survivor was helpful for me, to divert my attention and not just dwell on the loss.

Jeez, if only we could all go to a jungle after a divorce, eh? Lisa's three kids are all growed up, so she didn't really need to stick around to console them, though I'm sure they were upset about it. But they're adults, so ... onward!

Seriously, though, how sad is this? Lisa is a hardcore Christian. After FOL ended, she became a full-time SAHM and even homeschooled her three kids. I wonder who Patti Stanger would blame for this one? Lisa says:

I just never thought it would happen to me. It was painful to realize that it wasn't going to work out.

Painful, no doubt, but Lisa says she and her ex are still good friends, and they'll always be family. They even all got together to watch the premiere of Survivor. On a side note, how buff does Lisa look on Survivor? She looks in better shape now than when she was Blair!

I don't think this should make us wonder if any marriage can go the distance. Instead we should perhaps rethink our definition of a marriage that goes the distance. For centuries people didn't live as long as they do now. That whole "'til death do us part" thing was a bit easier when you only lived until 20! I don't necessarily think that a 24-year marriage that produces three kids and ends amicably should be considered a "failure." And, hopefully, neither does Lisa. She's a "survivor," after all!

Were you surprised to hear about Lisa? Do you think a 24-year marriage that ends is a "failure"?

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