Celebrities and Others Embracing the Benefits of Quiet Divorces


When Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher recently went public with the fact that they had filed for divorce in 2023, it marked the latest instance of a celebrity couple that only announced their breakup long after it occurred. Other examples of this trend include Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied, Meryl Streep and Don Gummer, and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Moreover, many non-famous couples seem to be following suit. 

One of the primary reasons cited for choosing a quiet divorce is the desire for privacy. Celebrities, whose personal lives are frequently scrutinized by the media and the public, often find themselves navigating a delicate balance between maintaining a public image and safeguarding personal matters. By keeping their divorces under wraps until well after the fact, they can exert greater control over the narrative and protect themselves and their families from excessive public attention and speculation. Though noncelebrities are not subject to the same scrutiny, many people are worried about becoming a spectacle for their friends and family.

Quiet divorces also afford the parties involved more time and space to process the emotional and logistical aspects of ending a marriage without worrying about what to tell people. Having the freedom to deal with these issues privately can be invaluable. Moreover, delaying the public announcement until legal proceedings are concluded may allow for smoother negotiations and settlements by minimizing the influence of outsiders who might urge the parties to fight for more favorable terms.

Like so many other facets of modern life, social media could be partly responsible for the quiet divorce phenomenon. Though ending a marriage does not carry the stigma that it did in earlier generations, most individuals do not want to be defined simply by the fact that they are divorced. Announcing a breakup on Instagram or Facebook often attracts a lot of unwanted traffic, even if much of the feedback is well-intentioned.   

Ultimately, whether a divorce is quiet or public, retaining an experienced family lawyer is a critical part of achieving your objectives. At Bryan L. Salamone & Associates, P.C., we offer a simple divorce solution to remove much of the time, expense and stress usually associated with the New York marriage dissolution process. It is a great way to keep your divorce quiet and private until you’re ready to share the news with people around you. Our firm is the Long Island divorce leader because we are committed to helping clients move forward in the manner that best suits their needs. For a consultation, please call 1.631.479.3839 or contact us online

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