It feels like it was just yesterday that I still believed in celebrity romance. I still believed that two famous people could fall in love, make beautiful children and stage candid “Oh us? We’re just getting ice cream with the kids” photo shoots. Then, like every other American with a heart, my world came crashing down last month when Heidi Klum and Seal announced that they were separating.
I’ll never forget where I was (bed) or what I was wearing (my retainer) or who I called first (my therapist). For some reason, no other celebrity divorce hurt me this badly. I’m not sure if it was because they had four kids or because they took couple costumes to a whole new level or just because they were such an interestingly matched couple. But for some reason I really had trouble coming to terms with the news.
For the rest of the weekend, I let myself pretend that maybe this was all a misunderstanding. Maybe Heidi meant to go file something else and accidentally filed the wrong paperwork. Maybe it was a practical joke. Maybe it was a dare that she took too far. But maybe, a little voice said in the back of my head, maybe it’s true. And I made myself start to accept the truth.
Then, just when I was beginning to enter the leave the denial stage of grief, Heidi pulls this interview with UK’s InStyle March issue out of nowhere. While she was clearly interviewed before the big break-up, it still burns to see things like this in print: “I don’t know why we work, my husband and I. We just do. We are black and white – yin and yang.”
Really Heidi? You went from “Yin and Yang” to “does anyone know a good divorce attorney?” in a matter of weeks. How is that even possible? Do you have any idea what interviews like this do to me when I’m in such a fragile state?
All of a sudden I’ve gone from almost accepting the truth to still believing that maybe, just maybe, you and Seal could get back together.