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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:

  1. Places don’t appreciate being walked all over.
  2. Talking about a faux celeb couple with eight children getting divorced is not as much fun as a one half of a faux celeb couple being baptized in a river in Costa Rica and the other half being hospitalized for a gastric ulcer, but since this is a divorce blog, we’ll talk about the former.

 

Towns have feelings too. When you snub them, they divorce you.

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The town of Wallingford, England has decided to divorce its twin Luxeuil-les-Bains, France. (And you thought human beings had sole claim over that realm.) For the sake of simplicity, we’ll call them Wally and Lux. So Wally and Lux met one day many years after the Second World War, and decided it would be better to buddy up and encourage a mixing of culture – you know, you bring the hot burlesque dancers, we’ll bring the Scotch. Together, they managed to share and share alike for 30 years, until recently, when Lux started to ignore Wally, and his feelings were hurt. Wally wanted to play soccer with Lux, send exchange students, and even a Christmas card, but Lux snubbed Wally claiming that she had better things to do. Broken-hearted, Wally decided to divorce Lux. Today is therefore a sad day for twin towns all over the world. (Coming Soon to Untied – Marital counseling sessions for twin towns all over the world. Are you a citizen of a twin town? Do you have grievances, and feel like no one is willing to listen to you? Call us! For a paltry $78/ minute, we’ll help you through these difficult times. Untied Magazine Twin Town Counseling Sessions – you can rely on us.)

 

Jon and Kate plus the dreaded ‘D’-word.

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What’s that we hear? Choke! Gag! Gasp! Jon and Kate are approaching… no, no, don’t say it… divorce lawyers? You mean their marriage is falling apart? You could’ve fooled me. I mean, I know that Jon went to that nightclub with that nice girl, but I’m sure they were just friends. And Kate’s bodyguard was just that… a bodyguard. She needs a bodyguard, you know, going to the beach in these economic times is such a dangerous thing. I hear that the sand there, it’s uh, really itchy these days.

-anuya j

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

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

Fellow Untieders,

I don’t know about you, but I feel that it is often therapeutic to find people in the world who may be suffering through the same quirks of fate as you are. Take for example the fact that my Blackberry was once stolen in the NYC subway. Okay, so I can’t afford a Blackberry, and I’ve been to New York City a sum total of 0.5 times, but in an alternate, more optimistic universe, it is possible, okay? So when I read that the exact thing happened to Kevin Bacon, I took heart – celebrities can be complete idiots too.

In keeping with the same spirit of shared misfortune, this blog will aim at bringing you up-to-speed with all the divorce-related news in the world. Text-message divorces? Celebrity couple screaming matches? Read about them here first! Be warned though, this blog is not for the weak-bellied – there will be blood, tears and mud-wrestling lesbians. There will be shameless promotion of reality television. There will be Peter Andre.

So steel yourself.

In the meantime, I’ll go trawl the web.

Love and kisses.

–Anuya