When supermodel Emily Ratajkowski, 32, took to TikTok this month to stake the claim that divorce before 30 is “chic,” the moment went viral. Fresh off the news of Sophie Turner’s not-so-amicable split from Joe Jonas, Ratajkowski’s commentary felt very of-the-moment. But it also felt naughty. “Can she really say that?” we wondered.
And yet, hip divorces aren’t just for celebs. Indeed, divorce registries are trending. So are next-level divorce parties—for example, the recent one at an Adele concert in Las Vegas that landed major headlines when a 33-year-old woman held up a sign reading, “You got me through my divorce.” Adele’s reaction? She cried on-stage. (Reminder that the singer also got a divorce in her early 30s.) And these tears are primarily tears of joy; After all women are initiating a whopping 69 percent of divorces, according to The American Sociological Association.
This brings us back to Ratajkowski: “If being in your 20s is the trenches, there is nothing better than being in your 30s, still being hot, maybe having a little bit of your own money, figuring out what you want to do with your life…and having tried that married fantasy and realizing that it’s maybe not all it’s cracked up to be and then you’ve got your whole life still ahead of you,” she remarked on TikTok.
But is she right? Is divorce—in particular, young divorce—going through a re-brand?