Celebrity Divorce: ‘Modern Family’ Star Julie Bowen Files for Divorce from Husband Scott Phillips

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Divorce: ‘Modern Family’ Star Julie Bowen Files for Divorce from Husband Scott Phillips

Julie Bowen. Photo: Janice Ogata / PRPhotos.com

By Jessica Gomez

In celebrity news, Julie Bowen filed for divorce from husband Scott Phillips on Tuesday, according to EOnline.com. It was revealed less than a week ago that the former celebrity couple, who was married for 13 years, separated. However, Bowen listed their separation date as December 17. She marked irreconcilable differences as the reason for their parting and is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their three children, according to the documents that E! News obtained.

This celebrity divorce after 13 years of marriage is very unfortunate. What are some ways to know it’s time to move on from a marriage?

Cupid’s Advice:

Some of us may try to fight off a divorce for as long as possible… but honestly, that’s just a waste of time. Cupid has some suggestions on signs that can mean it’s time to move on:

1. You’re worried about what your kids, friends, or family will think: Staying together for your children isn’t a good idea. And staying together for the sake of dodging judgment from family and friends is even less of a good idea. Those you love don’t usually want you to be unhappy, and neither do your children. Kids want parents who are happy and love them. You can go your separate ways, but still be a family. Build a friendship when possible, don’t continue building an unhappy marriage. Your friends and family will just need to accept it. You are the one living with this decision, not them.

Related Link:  How to Navigate a Separation

2. You’ve tried counseling and gave it all you’ve got, but it’s still not working: If you gave it your biggest shot, but you guys are still not coming together the way you should, then it may be a sign that it’s time to go. Staying in an unhappy marriage is unhealthy for you. As long as you can look back and say “I gave it my all,” there’s no shame in knowing it’s time for a divorce. Time to take action. All you can do at the end is try, if that doesn’t work then there’s nothing to do but what’s in your best interest.

Related Link: Why Celebrity Exes Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick Are Happier Than Ever

3. You no longer respect nor trust your spouse: Trust and respect are both key things to have in a marriage. Sometimes we can gain that sense of trust and respect back, but sometimes we can’t. If you don’t see yourself ever trusting or respecting your spouse again, then it’s safe to say that your marriage has hit its end point. Being married to someone that is not the same person you married happens sometimes, and it sucks. It really does, but instead of dwelling on it, start making moves.

Related Link: 5 Communication Keys Every Relationship Needs

And just as a last piece of advice: do not continue in an abusive marriage — whether it’s physically, mentally, or emotionally abusive! An abusive relationship is one of the biggest signs it’s time so leave. Seek help if need be.

What are some ways you knew your marriage or relationship was over? Share below!

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Celebrity Divorce: Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley Talks Snooki & Jionni Divorce Rumors

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Divorce: Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley Talks Snooki & Jionni Divorce Rumors

‘Jersey Shore’ star Jenni Farley. Photo: PRN / PR Photos

By Karley Kemble

Though rumors have been flying that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and her husband Jionni LaValle are facing relationship problems, it looks like there is nothing to worry about. LaValle addressed the rumors head-on last week on his Instagram, denying all allegations of a celebrity divorce, and also shared he will not be part of the “Jersey Shore” reboot. Now, it looks like Polizzi’s bestie is speaking out! According to UsMagazine.com, Jenni “JWoww” Farley said that it was “really heartbreaking” that LaValle had to combat the nasty rumors, but she supports the celebrity couple and loves “everything about them and what they have going on.” What a great friend!

These celebrity divorce rumors are very unfortunate. What are some ways to keep rumors from affecting your relationship?

Cupid’s Advice:

Uh oh, is your relationship the current talk of the rumor mill? Don’t worry, love. This too shall pass. If rumors are bringing you down, Cupid has how to fight through these challenging times:

1. Stay busy: This is an important factor because it tests and shows your true inner strength. When you are actively excelling at work, at school, or at home, it shows you cannot be kicked down by petty rumors. In time, the rumors should pass because people will realize you’re way too strong to be affected by their nonsense.

Related Link: ‘Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’ Producer SallyAnn Salsano Talks About Her Hit Reality TV Shows & Possible ‘Jersey Shore’ Revival

2. Give the benefit of the doubt: When you hear something unnerving or seemingly unlikely about your partner, it’s important to take a step back and not jump to conclusions. Your emotions will be running high, and you’re definitely entitled to your feelings. Just think: are you going to jeopardize an entire relationship over the possibility of a rumor being true? Before you do something you might regret, consider waiting and acting when you have the facts.

Related Link: Snooki Stands Up for Celebrity Love Jionni LaValle Amid Ashley Madison Reports

3. Talk to your partner: At the end of the day, what’s most important is you and your partner’s take on things. If the rumors are affecting your relationship, you two must talk about it. If you don’t, then your relationship will have a very challenging chance at survival. Communicating will help fill in the blanks and clear the doubts you could be having.

How have you stopped rumors from affecting your relationship? Let’s talk about it!

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Celebrity News: Brad Pitt is Casually Dating as He Adjusts to Single Life as a Dad

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity News: Brad Pitt is Casually Dating as He Adjusts to Single Life as a Dad

Brad Pitt. Photo: Twitter/@wmag

By Rachel Sparks

According to E!Online.comthe celebrity news is that Brad Pitt is slowly dipping his toes into the celebrity dating pool. The 46-year old actor is adapting to being single and seeing his family. Pitt stays busy by meeting with his large group of guy friends, none of them in the business, riding his motorcycle, and having regular dinner and lunch meetings. Though Pitt doesn’t see his six kids as much as he wants, he has been filling his time with family, including going back to his Missouri and Oklahoma roots. As far as dating? This recently divorced celebrity says it’s complicated and not a priority.

This celebrity news shows us celebs aren’t immune to having to adjust. What are some ways to know you’re ready to get back into the dating scene when you have kids?

Cupid’s Advice:

Balance is key when you’re a single parent. You have to make sure you balance the demands of your career with the demands of your family. Maintaining a house, both the operations and finances, alone can be a challenge. Somewhere in there, of course, you need to be able to take care of yourself. Here’s Cupid’s dating advice to help you get ready for dating again:

1. Balance career: If you were the main bread-winner, maintaining the house and investing in your family was on the back burner because you had someone else helping you. When suddenly your support is gone, having the mental and physical energy to still invest in your career in addition to your new responsibilities can be daunting. Make sure your career is in a place where you can take some focus away and instead invest in yourself and a relationship.

Related Link: Former Celebrity Couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Agree to Seal Divorce Documents

2. Are your kids ready: With a large brood of kids like Brad Pitt, getting back into dating can be a lot harder. Each age range of childhood processes divorce differently, so each child will vary on their resistance to a parent returning to dating. As a parent, be ready for that resistance, but make sure you’re caring for your children, too.

Related Link: Celebrity News: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Are Talking Again

3. Length of relationship: Depending on the length of your marriage, you may need more time to cope post-divorce. Shared affairs, such a mortgages and finances, can be hard to unravel and separate. Aside from that, the emotional aspect of becoming suddenly single can be a shock. As fun as dating can be again, if you’re looking for something more serious, consider giving yourself the adequate amount of time to heal and the appropriate length of courting before claiming a relationship is serious.

As a single parent, how have you decided when it was the right time to start dating again? Share your dating advice below!

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Relationship Advice: Keys to Growing a Business When the Marriage is Over

Cupid's Pulse Article: Relationship Advice: Keys to Growing a Business When the Marriage is Over

Christina El Moussa and Tarek El Moussa at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards. Photo: christinaelmoussa/Instagram

By Amy Osmond Cook, Ph.D

Hollywood certainly has its share of dramatic endings — relationship endings, that is. Stars like Laurence Fishburne, Fergie, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Hudson, and Danica Patrick, to name a few, were invested in a long-term celebrity relationship and either personally or professionally called it quits. But what happens when a couple’s livelihood relies on maintaining a relationship after the marriage is over?

Christina and Tarek El Moussa can relate. After becoming household names as co-hosts of HGTV’s hit reality TV show Flip or Flop, they publicly announced their celebrity divorce just over a year ago. Despite moving on in their personal lives, both are committed to working together to make their successful business grow.

Related Link: Celebrity Divorce: Christina & Tarek El Moussa Announce Break-Up 

It’s not uncommon for former partners to maintain a business relationship. There are an estimated 3.3 million businesses in the U.S. that are jointly owned by spouses. In some cases, a partner buys out the remaining portion of the business. But in a growing number of cases, the former married couple opt to remain invested in the business long after the divorce is final.

“I worked with one business where, actually, [the ex-spouses] were better business partners and got along better after the divorce and stayed together within the business for a while,” says Dann Van Der Vliet, executive director of the Smith Family Business Initiative at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Van Der Vliet believes that, when the divorce relieves the anxiety in a relationship, the partners can focus on the strengths they contribute to the business.

Reality TV Stars Open Up About Celebrity Divorce & Share Relationship Advice

I talked with Christina and Tarek about their transition from a blended life to one that is now exclusively professional. They shared five rules they follow to maintain a positive and supportive professional relationship, even though they now lead separate personal lives:

1. Be professional: Part of their success derives from their ability to separate professional obligations from personal responsibilities. “We believe in this company, and that means keeping our personal lives separate,” Tarek explains. “When we’re on set, it’s like a different life than what we live outside of the set. When we’re doing our job, we’re doing our job.”

Related Link: Relationship Advice: Is Your Job Killing Your Relationship?

2. Focus on the ultimate goal: Whether it’s personal or business, staying focused on your goals can help minimize distractions. “Every day that we film, I remember why I’m there,” says Tarek. He says his priority is to support his kids and family. “Second, I remember how I worked my entire life to build this thing. I don’t want to throw it away because of a divorce. We are good at what we do,” he adds. “We love flipping houses, and we enjoy delivering a great TV show that helps change people’s lives.”

3. Put kids first: Tarek and Christina understand that it is in everyone’s best interest to get along. “Children come first, and that means doing things that are best for them,” says Christina. “In our children’s case, it was in their best interest to do things together.” Often that decision requires some sacrifice and adjustments on the parent’s part.

4. Don’t sweat the small stuff: When tensions are high, it seems everything is a big deal. Immediately after a divorce, no matter how amicable, there is going to be a transition period. “Take time apart in all areas to better understand what you want,” says Kate Taylor. “As you redefine your relationship, you should draw clear lines around your roles and responsibilities at work.”

Christina quickly discovered that not everything is worth fighting about. “When you’re not with that person, you’re not entitled to have those disagreements anymore,” she shares. “When Tarek and I first separated, if there was a disagreement, it was important that we walk away from it.” When disagreements happen, her rule is: Don’t react, because that is the moment when you need to think more clearly.

Related Link: Relationship Advice: Six Ways to Keep Work and Life Demands in Balance

5. Keep it fun: Tarek and Christina make sure to contribute to a positive work environment. Their professionalism means everyone feels happy and comfortable when they are at work. “We have a great crew,” says Christina. “We’ve been friends with all of them for a long time. Because of that, it makes everything much easier because it’s such a great workplace.”

There are those who are skeptical that this type of relationship can work, but Christina is unfazed by the criticism. “Business is what we’ve always done best together. Tarek and I both agree that we work great together regardless of whether or not we are married,” she explains. “We make a great co-parenting team as well. There is nothing I would have done differently.”

For more information about and articles by our relationship expert Dr. Amy Osmond Cook, click here.

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Celebrity Divorce: ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Lala Kent’s Married Boyfriend Is Officially Divorced

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Divorce: ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Lala Kent’s Married Boyfriend Is Officially Divorced

Lala Kent. Photo: lalakent/Instagram

By Jessica Gomez

In celebrity news, LaLa Kent’s boyfriend Randall Emmett is no longer married to Ambyr Childers, his wife of eight years. The divorce was finalized on December 22. EOnline.com confirmed the news. The former celebrity couple tied the knot in 2009, then separated a couple of years ago, finally filing for divorce earlier this year. The former couple has two daughters together. As for Kent and Emmett, it looks like they intended on keeping their relationship on the down-low until the divorce was final — but sometimes in life, we don’t always get what we intend.

This celebrity divorce is probably coming at a good time, given that Lala would more than likely want an unmarried boyfriend. What are some ways to recover after a bitter divorce?

Cupid’s Advice:

Most divorces aren’t pretty. Although our emotions can be running wild at a time of bitterness, we must try not to become bitter ourselves. Cupid has some tips:

1. Learn from the experience: Learn the lesson. Many times, it’s hard to stay rational during a very emotional time, but we must try our very best. There is no point in dwelling on the past because we cannot change it. However, looking back in order to learn and move on is a different story — that you should do! It’s easier said than done, but time does heal and you need to give it a little push as well.

Related Link: Taylor Swift’s Ex Turned Her Into ‘Quasimodo,’ According to BFF Todrick Hall

2. Invest in yourself: It’s time to be selfish. It’s time to be about you. Do what you have to, and do what you want to. Learn something, pamper yourself, do the things you enjoy! It’s all about what’s best for you. Enrich yourself, grow into an even better person. Strive toward becoming the best version of yourself.

Related Link: Source Says Beyonce Struggled to Trust Jay-Z After Cheating Scandal

3. Look forward to a bright future: Be positive and know that there will be better days. Positive thinking really does go a long way. Think about what you have accomplished so far and be proud. Then think about what you want to accomplish — the thought of your dreams should get you excited and going!

What are some ways you moved on from a hard divorce? Share with us, comment below!

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Latest Celebrity News: Jennifer Garner Says She Is ‘Not Interested in Dating’ After Split From Ben Affleck

Cupid's Pulse Article: Latest Celebrity News: Jennifer Garner Says She Is ‘Not Interested in Dating’ After Split From Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner. Photo: Twitter/@stevenbenke

By Rachel Sparks

Former celebrity couple Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have been apart for nearly two years, but these celebrity exes are setting a new standard for co-parenting and remaining amicable exes. Garner told UsMagazine.com that she and Affleck do have plans for a family Thanksgiving together. An insider told the magazine that Garner even helped Affleck get into a rehab center as his alcoholism took a spiral downward. The latest celebrity news is that despite, or maybe because of, the sincerity of their friendship, Garner has been on one date in the past two years since her celebrity divorce, but she’s still not ready to start dating again.

In this celebrity news, it looks like Jennifer Garner’s break-up from Ben Affleck is affecting her long-term. What are some ways to cope with a break-up so you can move on?


Cupid’s Advice:

Accepting the loss of someone meaningful in your life is painful at best and near-impossible at worse. When you’ve been with someone for as long as Garner and Affleck were together, what does life look like without that person? Moving on is hard, but at some point you want to accept the change so that your life can move forward. Here’s Cupid’s relationship advice to get you through a break-up:

1. Burn, bury, block: Sounds harsh? Unless you and your ex have kids together, moving on means letting go. Do whatever it takes for you to cut those ties with your ex. Burn the love letters, bury the stuffed zebra your ex won at the carnival, and block any way that they can get in contact with you. Doing so doesn’t mean you never loved them, it just means you love yourself enough to know you deserve happiness. Being stuck with the pain of a relationship at its end is not happiness.

Related Link: Dating Advice for Dealing with the break-Up Blues

2. Give happiness, get happiness: Have you ever been in a Starbucks line and been at the receiving end of pay it forward? Yeah, it’s pretty great. It also feels good to know you’ve made someone’s day better. We know it’s hard when you’re feeling down to even consider bringing joy to other people, but the proof in the facts is this: helping others creates fulfillment and happiness. If you don’t feel like dealing with people, find a way to volunteer behind the scenes; you’ll still reap the emotional rewards.

Related Link: Expert Dating Advice: Moving On After a Divorce

3. Focus on you: In a relationship, we often think about what the other person wants. Ever been asked where you wanted to eat and said, “What do you feel like?” Couples form a group identity, so being on your own is terrifying, but it can be exciting. Try something new, start a diet, exercise, start a new hobby, go to a concert of a band your ex hated…the list of things you can do alone is literally endless. Rock out the single status. Learning to enjoy time alone is attractive, but it also makes any future relationships that much more meaningful.

How have you gotten past a break-up? Share your relationship advice below!

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Celebrity Divorce: Mel B & Stephen Belafonte Reach Partial Divorce Settlement

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Divorce: Mel B & Stephen Belafonte Reach Partial Divorce Settlement

Mel B and her celebrity ex, Stephen Belafonte. Photo: Landmark / PR Photos

By Karley Kemble

Celebrity exes Mel B and Stephen Belafonte have reached a partial divorce settlement. While the exact terms have not been disclosed, UsMagazine.com has confirmed that they have also agreed to a partial custody settlement of their six-year-old daughter Madison. Mel B announced her celebrity divorce in March, with allegations that Belafonte had an affair with their nanny. In a heartbreaking statement, Mel B stated, “I am in fear of my safety, and I am in fear of being irreparably harmed.” She was allowed a temporary restraining in May, and still awaits a domestic violence restraining order to be finalized.

This celebrity divorce is partially settled, but not all the way. What are some ways to make your divorce proceedings more efficient and civil?

Cupid’s Advice:

Sometimes when it comes down to it, divorce is the right decision for you and your partner. There certainly is potential for drama to fester within divorce proceedings, but if you want to avoid the added stress of a long and messy battle, check out these tips from Cupid:

1.Don’t be defensive: When you’re going through a rough divorce, a defensive guard might be your first instinct. Emotions are high, and maybe things aren’t going your way. You are entitled to your feelings, though it is important to refrain from a “you started it” mentality. Be as mature as you can – it will make your divorce run a lot smoother.

Related Link: Celebrity Divorce: Mel B Makes Fashion Statement About Her Ex At The VMA’s

2. Nix the disses: While it’s okay to vent to a close friend or your immediate family, you shouldn’t let the hostility saturate. Don’t trash talk your ex to everyone you meet. When you do that, you’re making your private business a public ordeal. If you only have negative thoughts about your ex, consider keeping them out of the conversation. As hard as that may be, you’ll find a positive mindset is beneficial to your mental well-being.

Related Link: Celebrity Divorce: Mel B’s Sister Slams Her Ex Stephen Belafonte After Abuse Claims

3. Stay out of court: If you two can manage, try and come to an agreement without the help of lawyers. Not only is it easier on your bank accounts, it’ll save you both a lot of time. It also will prevent a load of drama – we’ve all seen how messy divorce proceedings can get on T.V.!

Have you or has somebody you know gone through a rough divorce? How did you cope? Let us know below.

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