Don’t Cry, But Breakups Are Having a Major Moment
SJP does it on TV, Brangelina does it IRL and you can even crowdfund it online
Brangelina, a new museum of failed relationships, divorce registries and even cakes to signal “the talk.” Add it all up and we’re kinda in a relationship with breakups—especially if they involve a new Sarah Jessica Parker show. Here, six things showing us that breaking up is not so hard to do.
“Divorce” comes to HBO
This Sunday, Sarah Jessica Parker returns to the network that made her (more) famous as swinging single Carrie Bradshaw. Now she’s starring as Frances, an unhappily married New York woman who’s trying to detach from her husband, Robert (Thomas Haden Church). It’s a darker comedy than SATC, but we’re expecting big laughs from the writer of our other fave show about being weirdly married, Catastrophe.
October 9, 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST; hbo.com
You Can Help Yourself to Some Breakup Cake
Brooklyn-based designer Isabella Giancarlo started baking after a breakup, and decided to emblazon cakes, cookies and pies with quotes she’d heard from various ex-couples as a way of reclaiming some of the nasty things that may have been said. Her @eatyrheartsout Instagram is full of lovely deliciousness, but we think even a store-bought cake with a zinger message is great.
First Brangelina. Then 11-year-couple (and co-parents) Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber call it quits. Because this sort of thing comes in threes, we’re holding our breath for the last breakup of the set (please do not be Will and Kate).
Funny Writing Offers Sad Breakup Relief
Have a pal who’s having a tough time, relationship-wise? Gift them the wryly funny It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright. It contains bad stories (Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for his affair, then dumped by the chap) and even worse stories (the Norman Mailer one will give you goosebumps). After these train wrecks, a mere ghosting doesn’t seem so terrible.
Crowdfunding Your Divorce is a Thing
Divorces: They’re expensive. Then once they are over, you’re left with no toaster, no matching towels but maybe some hard-won peace of mind. Internet to the rescue, because with Plumfund you can create a gift registry or divorce fund, then let your friends know about it.
As Is Donating Your Mementos to Art
The Museum of Broken Relationships recently opened in Hollywood, and it’s a fascinating slice of the human experience (i.e., you’ll laugh, you’ll cry). Peruse the donated mementos (love letters, a vase, breast implants, the usual) on display; the accompanying stories of lovers, family members, classmates make compelling reading.
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