The news of yet another Hollywood marriage ending is hardly surprising but an amicable separation is not all that common in an industry where bloated egos are all too common.
What was the reason for the demise of the Bloom-Kerr marriage? According to Bloom, “You know, life sometimes doesn’t work out exactly as we plan or hope for.” However vague his answer is, it demonstrates how much he wants to keep his marital issues as private as he can. After all, he isn’t married to his fans or the public.
After last week’s announcement that Bloom had separated from Kerr after being together six years (married for three), there were snapshots showing the pair’s closeness, with their two-year-old son Flynn, which goes to show maybe some people in Hollywood are mature enough to know the world doesn’t revolve around them, and if there is any acrimony between Bloom and Kerr, they are working hard to make sure it doesn’t affect their son.
In his Nov. 1 interview with Katie Couric, 36-year-old Bloom said, “There’s no question that, you know, for the sake of our son and everything else, we’re going to support one another and love each other as parents to Flynn.” It is apparent that he wants to make the separation as seamless as possible for his son. This is encouraging although this doesn’t necessarily mean their child will come away unscathed.
The effects of divorce on children are widely documented. W. Bradford Wilcox’s 2009 article, The Evolution of Divorce, states: “Since 1974, about 1 million children per year have seen their parents divorce — and children who are exposed to divorce are two to three times more likely than their peers in intact marriages to suffer from serious social or psychological pathologies.”
It’s interesting to note that children are more likely affected by events prior to the divorce rather than the act of the divorce itself: “In cases where children are exposed to high levels of conflict — like domestic violence or screaming matches between parents — they do seem to do better if their parents part.”
Nevertheless, for young children, their schoolwork may suffer and they may experience anxiety due to changes in routines and residences.
In the case of celebrity divorce, however, the effects on young children are magnified, considering the intense, intrusive glare of the public and the incessant droning of public opinion on their celebrity parents’ lives. The hard work of raising Flynn post separation will be even more difficult for Bloom and Kerr, but they will have plenty of company.
By Juana Poareo