The news of a Hollywood divorce is hardly shocking these days, with the exception of those rare celebrity couples who really seemed like they were in for the long haul. Like for instance Mayim Bialik, the Emmy-nominated star of Big Bang Theory (although if you're real old like me, you'll always think of her as Blossom). There's just something surprising and sad to hear that this level-headed actress, who also holds a doctoral degree in neuroscience, is divorcing her husband of nine years.
You may remember Mayim Bialik's public stance on extended breastfeeding -- she's such a proponent of attachment parenting, she even wrote a book called Beyond the Sling. Interestingly, she addressed this philosophy in her statement about her divorce from husband Michael Stone, perhaps heading off those who might guess that the divorce was related to her choice to breastfeed their nearly 4-year-old son, and share a family bed on the floor with both of their boys.
From the statement published on Mayim Bialike's website:
After much consideration and soul-searching, Michael and I have arrived at the decision to divorce due to “Irreconcilable Differences.” Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children. It is not something we have decided lightly.
The hands-on style of parenting we practice played no role in the changes that led to this decision; relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose.
The main priority for us now is to make the transition to two loving homes as smooth and painless as possible. Our sons deserve parents committed to their growth and health and that’s what we are focusing on. Our privacy has always been important and is even more so now, and we thank you in advance for respecting it as we negotiate this new terrain.
We will be ok.
What a heartbreaking and searingly honest public statement to make. I'm sure it was incredibly difficult to come up with the words that they were willing to share with the world, but I think it was a smart move to address the attachment parenting topic. Although the reasons for their split are obviously their business and no one else's, touching briefly on the fact that relationship challenges aren't always tied to parenting styles was a good way to deflect the inevitable gossip.
Not that there won't be gossip anyway, that's the nature of being a public figure. But in glancing at the comments she's received, it looks like the majority of fans are saddened but completely support this family.
Such a bummer for this couple and their two young sons. I hope for all of their sake that they can get through the divorce process as quickly and painlessly as possible, with zero custody battles or tabloid drama.
Are you surprised to hear about Mayim Bialik's divorce?
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