The Steven's Firm January 2018

Celebrity Divorce What We Learn When Stars Fall Out of Love We’re reminded of celebrity breakups every time we stand in line at the checkout counter. Divorce can be an ugly affair, even when it isn’t plastered all over the tabloids. Yet it’s easy to get drawn into the “he said, she said” of our favorite stars. Why are we, as a culture, so transfixed with these high-profile separations? What, if anything, can we learn from them? Divorce can happen to anyone. First and foremost, divorce shows us a side we don’t often get to see from our idols — their vulnerability. Often, celebs seem elevated from everyday life. Breakups reveal them as relatable, sympathetic, fallible, and human. Seeing an actor or a sports star go through a divorce can provide people with much-needed catharsis. Separation can happen to anyone, and the pain, stress, and raw emotion are a normal part of the process of moving forward. There is a wrong way to handle divorce.

Slow Cooker Raspberry White Hot Chocolate


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1 cup white chocolate chips

2 tablespoons powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

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2 cups heavy cream, divided 3 cups milk (any variety will do)

4 tablespoons raspberry liqueur or syrup


1. In a slow cooker, combine white chocolate chips, condensed milk, 1 cup cream, and milk. Cover and heat on low about 2 hours. 2. In a large bowl, mix remaining 1 cup cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. 3. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip until stiff peaks form. 4. Serve mugs of hot chocolate with about 1 tablespoon of raspberry liqueur or syrup to taste and a dollop of whipped cream.

There have been some notoriously messy divorces in the world of show business. There are plenty of examples over the years of former lovers sniping and degrading each other very publicly. In an outburst back in 2002, Alec Baldwin went as far as dragging his own daughter into the feud, accusing her of being manipulated by his wife. Divorce is hard enough on families as it is. Being openly hostile or trying to involve children in

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the feud only makes it worse. Divorce can be civil.

There are high-profile couples out there who have managed to handle their divorces with outward civility and grace. These stories are easy to miss since they don’t generate exciting headlines and gossip beyond the initial announcement. Troy and Rhonda Aikman kept their separation private, at least by all-star standards. They managed to keep their emotions in check, confiding in close friends and family, rather than the tabloids. This level of maturity and self-control should act as a guiding light for divorcees everywhere.

Kim Basinger with her and Alec’s daughter, Ireland.

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