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Today, we learn that a “bad start is half of the failure” from Usher’s divorce case.

“In my mind, Usher and I are still married.”

photo courtesy of egyptsaidso.com

photo courtesy of egyptsaidso.com

Although Tameka Foster, Usher’s estranged wife, talked about her marriage with hope to the media, it seemed the marriage between the stylist and the R&B singer is getting closer and closer to an end.

The couple’s marriage was a mess from the very beginning. In 2007, they cancelled the more luxurious wedding ceremony at first, and got married secretly and quietly. At that time, rumors spread, including the most important one – Usher’s mother disagreed with the marriage.

The bad start was definitely a bad sign. Now, Usher has filed for divorce, and the news report showed the couple has been separated for a year. And don’t forget, they’ve only been married about two years. What made Usher give up in this marriage so quickly? He hasn’t spoken. But to his friends and fans, it seems they don’t feel surprised at all.

In the news report, a friend of theirs said, “No one I’ve spoken to is surprised.” Another friend said the couple had “a troubled marriage that started unraveling even before their wedding.” She said Usher wasn’t ready to settle down, at least not with Foster.

Foster’s newly hired attorney Randy Kessler said Foster has been a loyal wife, but apparently loyalty isn’t enough for a successful marriage. Now, the war is just in the beginning. Let it burn…let it burn…

-Amy Su

Today’s divorce trend:

Japanese men really need to rethink their attitude…

Traditionally, Japanese wives treat their husbands too well that they act as servants in the house. Usually most of them will live better lives after their husbands retire because they finally can stop treating their husbands like emperors. But by then they are old and have done so much for most of their lives.

Now, it seems the perfect wives get tired quicker. The news reported Japanese women are more optimistic than men about the life after divorce. The survey showed that Japanese women of all ages think no matter when they get divorced, they can start a beautiful new life. They also said one of the advantages of divorce is the increase of time for themselves.

The survey also showed that most of Japanese men can’t think of anything good about divorce. We don’t doubt why they feel like this. After all, if you can have a free servant to serve you for dozens of years, who will give up this “welfare?”

So be careful, guys! Don’t take anything for granted if you don’t want to lose your marriage.

–Amy Su

Today, we learn a social networking principle:

image source: time.com

image source: time.com

Never add your ex as a Facebook friend!

Time magazine reported an angry woman’s revenge story. Her husband wanted a divorce, so she wrote on his Facebook wall, embarrassing him by making the divorce public to her husband’s Facebook friends. Even after he asked her to stop, she continued. After he blocked her, she started to use their mutual friends’ account to enter in his page.

In this case, it might be just emotional annoyance but it seems the divorce lawyers start to pay attention to the rival’s Facebook page. When you feel safe to express your true feelings on your Facebook wall, you might get into big trouble! Your every little action on it might become huge evidence in court, especially when you’re fighting for money or custody.

So, Time magazine posted a reminder to make divorced couples know what to avoid doing on Facebook. This includes no venting, no getting tagged, no showing off, etc, simply do what we do every day on it.

My suggestion: Just close your Facebook account directly! I mean it!

–Amy Su

Yesterday, San Francisco Chronicle reported that another celebrity marriage sank like the Titanic. In this case, Barry Bonds is the ship.

 

image source: nydailynews.com

image source: nydailynews.com

This year has definitely not been Bonds’ year. No MLB contract signed for him to play in the field again and nobody has forgetten the rumors about him taking banned drugs. And now his wife, Liz Watson, has filed for official separation, meaning their 10-year marriage is nearing its end.

This is Bonds’ second marriage. The couple got together after his first divorce in 1994 (coincidence?), and got married in 1998. According to a People magazine interview in 2007, the former Giants slugger touted the strength of his marriage after the indictment that he lied to a federal grand jury investigating steroid use.

“She has to know your entire resume,” said Bonds. “We both know each other’s flaws and are committed.”

Apparently, she still knows too much.

It took six years for the court to rule in Bonds’ favor over a prenuptial agreement that denied his first wife Susann (Sun) Branco to share his fortune.

How long would it take this time? We don’t know yet. But what we can be sure of is Bonds isn’t like Mel Gibson, who said “who would do it twice?”

–Amy Su

Today, we learn a new trend about money and divorce from the news:

Be prepared to welcome your ex-husband (wife) as your new roommate!

We all know the current recession makes life difficult, but now divorcing couples might be forced to live under the same roof because of economic hardship.

Horrible, isn’t it?

It’s not only torture for themselves, but it’s a tough situation for their children and family.

Furthermore, when the battle starts in court, huge bills come. The news story shows a couple who divorced two years ago after 27 years of marriage. So far, the legal bills cost the man $400,000, and the process can go on for 10 more years.

Apparently, celebrities are never bothered by the money issue. Mel Gibson is a good example. His ex-wife Robyn might be getting about $900 million, half of Gibson’s fortune. News reports also claim she would obtain a huge portion of cash tied up in real estate.

photo credit: google images

photo credit: google images

I don’t see Gibson feeling anything about paying. What he probably cares more about is his freedom and his new girlfriend (plus a baby). It’s a completely different world to ordinary people.

So, never think of divorce or be rich! And if you are getting divorced, be ready for your new “roommate.”

–Amy Su

Today, let us explore our potential to be an expert of celebrity divorce gossip. Thousands of websites create different quizzes in celebrity trivia. Many of them are fun, and some of them are absolutely not easy. Do the following three quizzes, and see if you’re the genuine celebrity divorce gossip professional!

1. Hollywood Divorce Quiz

This is definitely the threshold to test your level of gossiping celebrity’s divorce. 15 questions, from easy to difficult, made by About.com and full of latest news you already know. But be careful of the key figures like: how long had the marriage lasted, how much had she got from divorce, and how many times they divorced.

2. Celebrity Breakup Quiz

Compared to Hollywood Divorce quiz, this one is really difficult. Made by iVillage, it has more questions covering couples from so long ago, like Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley. Also, it’s more than just a quiz. After each question, the website would show you the right answer and the description of that trivia. No matter what, to prove you know more than others, try to do some research before you do this one!

3. Celebrity Couples Quiz

Remember, to become an expert of celebrity divorce trivia, you also need to get familiar with their former marriage and lives. Let’s why you should also master in this celebrity couples quiz. Made by Parade magazine, this one is the hardest of my three recommended quizzes. It’s not all about celebrity’s divorce, but also including their marriage trivia, although most of them finally divorced.

After finishing these quizzes and getting high scores, you can say you’re an expert in this field. What we finally learn: in this era, it’s not weird to be any kind of professional! So be proud to be a master in celebrity divorce gossip.

–Amy Su

Today, we learn two ways to make money by divorce. Let’s take look at these interesting deals.

1. Be a detective yourself and find the proof

A woman in Taiwan earned a luxurious house by wiretapping her husband’s calls with his girlfriend.

After her husband told her to shut up about his affairs because she didn’t have proof, she decided to buy some listening devices to save her dignity. Three days later, she found got her evidence. Finally, she made the unfaithful man her ex-husband and got one of his houses as compensation.

The wife feels great about her “investment” in listening devices. When your marriage is full of desperation, why not doing something to make your pocket full of dollars? Seemed like a good idea to this lady.

2. Be a better actor, please

What should you do when getting a divorce can make your spouse a large amount of money? Nine pilots working for Continental Airlines chose to “just do it!”

Continental Airlines is suing nine pilots and their spouses who got fake divorces to collect the pilots’ pension benefits. It alleged they only got paper-only divorces but still live together. They even didn’t tell their children and friends about the change in their marital status.

According to BusinessWeek, once a state court approved the divorces, the pilots signed court-issued documents giving their new ex-spouses all rights to a pilots-only pension plan, worth up to $900,000 per individual participant.

Now, we’re sure some people love money and are willing to do things to get a legal divorce to earn some fortune. But technically, I bet you guys to be a better actor or actress, especially if you still live together? It’s ridiculous not to play a better show for your money! Or face the truth: you’re just a normal person. Don’t try to rip off the company you work for if you still want to be married!

What’s the next step when a couple is having a baby? Here’s the latest FYI.

Kelis, 7 months pregnant withthe rapper Nas’ baby, filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. These singers, who met in 2002 at P.Diddy’s  MTV Video Music Awards after-party. We don’t know the truth yet, but TMZ.com has already said the couple drifted apart by a sextape of Kelis with another man.

At the same time, Mel Gibson confirmed on a “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” that his girlfriend is three months pregnant. His ex-wife just filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences this April. Gibson already has seven children with his ex-wife.

Although he’s looking forward to this coming baby, he’s absolutely not looking forward to marry the baby’s mom. “Who would do it twice?” Gibson says, when Leno asked him about it.

Apparently, unmarried pregnancies are no longer scandal and marriage is definitely not the only option for pregnancy anymore!

–Amy Su