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"Divorce is never easy, I don’t care who you are or what the circumstances are. It’s a very, very heavy feeling — and at the same time it feels like a weight has been lifted," Sadler, who filed for divorce from ex-husband Kyle Thomas in 2017, told PEOPLE.
"When you want the best for somebody and the best out of your marriage but you’ve exhausted every possibility, it gets to the point where you have to let one another be free,” she said. “So it was very mutual in that sense."
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Four months after tying the knot with boyfriend-of-a-few-weeks Andrew "Fergie" Ferguson, King and her newly-minted husband called it quits. The singer announced the breakup in an emotional Instagram post in May 2017. Six months later, King is in a better place, as she revealed to PEOPLE in October. "I pulled myself out of a really, really, really tough place,” said of her shocking split. “I’m really proud of myself.”
“I don’t want to say it’s the best place I’ve ever been because there’s always room to go higher — or get higher,” she quipped. “I am having a lot of fun. I do this thing, I call it protecting my joy, and there’s like a 10-foot radius around me that’s like a bum-out-free zone. I took a lot of things out of my life that were dead weight, and I just have a different outlook; I just surround myself with better people and just make music all the time. It’s just so great; it’s awesome.”
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The Oscar winner spoke candidly about her high-profile split from Brad Pitt in Vanity Fair's 2017 cover story. "It's just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air," the actress told the magazine. "We're all trying to do our best to heal our family."
And while the split came as a shock to many, the actress admitted that their marriage began to crumble while filming her latest directorial effort First They Killed My Father in Cambodia last summer. "Things got bad," said Jolie. "I didn't want to use that word ... Things became 'difficult.' "
She added: "We're all just healing from the events that led to the filing ... They're not healing from divorce," Jolie said of the pair's kids. "They're healing from some ... from life, from things in life."
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After announcing her separation from husband Liev Schreiber in 2016 — following their 11-year union — Watts continues to come to terms with their split. "There are good days and bad days," the Gypsy actress told Vogue Australia. "Liev and I are on great terms and we're trying to do our absolute best for the sake of the children, and we hope to keep moving forward in that way. He's fantastic dad, a wonderful, wonderful man, and we still want the absolute best for each other," she revealed. "So, that's pretty much all I'll say."
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Pitt and Angelina Jolie's high-profile divorce proved to be "jarring" for the famous family, which includes the former couple's six kids — Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8. But the actor, who revealed to GQ Style that he stopped drinking and is in therapy, is making an effort to connect with his children on a deeper level — something he, himself, lacked growing up.
"I grew up with a Father-knows-best/war mentality — the father is all-powerful, super strong — instead of really knowing the man and his own self-doubt and struggles," Pitt told the magazine. "And it’s hit me smack in the face with our divorce: I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven’t been great at it."
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“The main thing is these kids — and we’re completely in line with what we hope for them," Garner told Vanity Fair, opening up about her split from Ben Affleck. "Sure, I lost the dream of dancing with my husband at my daughter’s wedding. But you should see [our kids'] faces when he walks through the door. And if you see your kids love someone so purely and wholly, then you’re going to be friends with that person."
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"I got divorced and I attribute that to acting. And just asking myself, 'Is this really me?'" the Girls actress told ES Magazine of her split from husband Michael Mosberg. "In acting you are always asking yourself why you do things, why you make the choices you make. Everything means something. And so then you start looking at your own life in that way."
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"I don't think any parent goes into a relationship and a marriage and having a child thinking of a divorce one day," the singer told PEOPLE of her split from ex Ty Murray, with whom she shares a child — Kase Townes, 5½ — with. Despite admitting that co-parenting "can be challenging," Jewel has no regrets. "One of the reasons I got divorced, though, is when I looked at my child, I realized I wasn't the woman I wanted him to know," she added. "I had to change some things about myself."
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After keeping a low profile since announcing his split from Anne-Marie Duff in May, James McAvoy is finally talking about his life post-divorce. "My life has changed massively,” the X-Men star revealed in an interview with Mr Porter. “At the same time, so much has stayed the same,” he added. As for details surrounding the split, the actor said he will continue to keep his personal life private. “One of the things that’s stayed the same is that I still don’t talk about my personal life, really,” he said.
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MARY J. BLIGE
"The breaking point was when I kept asking over and over and over again for respect and to be respected," the singer shared amid her emotional divorce from estranged husband, Kendu Isaacs, during an interview on Good Morning America. "And it just seemed like I was beating a dead horse ... I just wasn't getting it back so if I can't get respect in the relationship, then I have to move on and save myself."
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"I think we handled it very consciously and with a lot of love, but marriage is sacred and marriage is not for everyone," the Younger actress revealed, opening up about her split from ex-husband Mike Comrie, whom she shares a son — 4-year-old Luca — with. "Marriage is work, marriage is really hard and everyone's like, 'Well are you going to get married again?' I'm like, 'I don't know.' "
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Although the 33-year-old supermodel describes herself as a "naturally positive person," she told Elle Canada she had "never understood the depth of [depression] or the reality of that" before her split from ex-husband Orlando Bloom. "My mom used to call me a 'giggling Gert' because I was always laughing, even in my sleep," she recounted. "When Orlando and I separated, I actually fell into a really bad depression." Kerr would go on to conquer those feelings, which led to a lesson learned: "What I have found is that everything you need, all of the answers are deep inside of you," she said. "Sit with yourself, take a few breaths and get close to your spirit."
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"All I wanted my whole life was to have babies, be married, like what my parents have," the No Doubt frontwoman spilled to Harper's Bazaar of her split from ex-husband Gavin Rossdale. "Of course you go through the 'Why me?' and feel sorry for yourself," she said. "But then I was like, 'No, this happened to me already and I made something good out of it,' and that was Tragic Kingdom."
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Calling her divorce from Marc Anthony "the biggest disappointment of my life so far," the Shades of Blue actress told PEOPLE the breakup was "devastating and awful," but still served as a lesson of introspection. "I felt like at that time I had lost my way a little bit, of who I was in trying to make the marriage [work]," she said. "I had been married twice before and I didn't want this to be a failure ... I just put all my heart and soul into that and forgot who I was as an individual a little bit."
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While the Oscar winner spent time grieving following her 2006 split from Ryan Phillippe, Witherspoon – who is now married to talent agent Jim Toth – doled out helpful advice for those going through a divorce, in a 2009 interview with ELLE. "[You have to] look at yourself and go, 'What part of this do I need to own? Which part of this is my responsibility?' " she said. "And that's the painful work that you have to go through to hopefully get some real life knowledge out of it."
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"If I ever were to get married again – which is completely not on my radar at all right now – I feel like it's not about it being a step in life," Lambert, who split from fellow country star Blake Shelton after four years of marriage, told Cosmopolitan. "It's not about a piece of paper or a diamond. It's the way you feel about somebody and the commitment in your heart."
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"There has been this really nice feeling of something very fluid and positive and the opposite of how I felt inside," Barrymore told Chelsea Handler on her talk show of receiving support from friends and fans following her recent split from Will Kopelman. "Everyone has just been so cool and chill and nice about everything that it quelled my own fears and demons about how we sort of have to go through things in life."
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KIM KARDASHIAN WEST
The reality star decided to take time out from her hectic work schedule to regroup after filing for divorce from Kris Humphries in 2011. "I cancelled everything," she said in an interview for The Drum. "I had a book tour, I had a fragrance launch, I had everything that you could possibly imagine and I just cancelled it all and I took time for me."
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"I did a lot of reading and a lot of talking, I managed through about five or six years and then I stumbled into Keith [Urban]," Kidman said during the 2015 Women In the World Summit, opening up about her post-divorce life following her breakup from Tom Cruise.
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"I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive," Paltrow told The EDIT about "consciously uncoupling" from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. "What if I didn't blame the other person for anything, and held myself 100 percent accountable? What if I checked my own s— at the door and put my children first? And reminded myself about the things about my ex-husband that I love, and fostered the friendship?"
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"I miss what we had – things we got to do together are just memories. I like looking back and holding on to that stuff," she told Complex of her 2013 split from Lamar Odom, whom she wed in 2009. "I definitely miss it, and there's times I'll get so sentimental and so sad, but this had to happen for some reason. I'll figure it out over time, someone will give me that answer eventually."