I Want What They Have, Divorce Edition: Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa

Love is a thing of many splendors, especially when viewed from the outside. In this column, we’ll take a look at the celebrity couples who give us hope for our own romantic future, and try to learn what we can from their well-documented connections.

Most of the things we’ve been taught to admire in romantic relationships associate love with social success, from the purple wedding announcements in the New York Times to greeting cards featuring snapshots of beaming couples on vacation. It’s all well and good, but I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit over the top. These days, I find myself admiring aspects of a somewhat less perfectly wrapped up relationship, which leads me – naturally – to the recent divorce announcement from actors Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa.

Bonet and Momoa, who have been together for 16 years and married for four years (after Momoa allegedly saw Bonet on The Cosby Show child and sworn to make it his own), posted a joint statement on Instagram on Wednesday, writing in part: “The love between us continues, evolving in ways it wishes to be known and experienced. We free each other ~ to be what we learn to become… ”

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Okay, why is this separate ad literally more romantic than any love letter I’ve ever written or received? I mean, that makes sense – there’s no one apparently more ready for yoga classes than this couple, so I can’t be this surprised that they release a statement about their divorce that positively reeks of good vibes and balanced chakras. Still, I can’t help but find him extremely cool.

Now if anyone is tempted to accuse me of lightly divorcing, A) who are you, the Church of England? and B) as a child of the divorce, I feel uniquely qualified to speak on this issue. I know that separation, especially when you have children, is something people rightly agonize over, but I am of the opinion that if you are not happy in your marriage you are doing to yourself and to yourself. your family kindly admit it. (It’s not for nothing that I now have a great relationship with both of my parents, who have gotten along very well since they properly separated almost 20 years ago.)

I obviously don’t know the details of Bonet and Momoa’s split, or how difficult that decision was for them, but on an unusually serious note, I think demonstrating that you and a partner can go their separate ways without sacrificing the love or respect for one another can only be a good thing. What if, instead of hampering their respective PR teams and “dating” other hot people, more celebrities were encouraged to be so open and cold about their breakups? Of course, the airport tabloid industry would cease to exist altogether, but maybe we all Be happier.

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