ED’S LET­TER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - Sar­rah

Marriage. Have eight sim­ple let­ters ever in­vited such scru­tiny? Even before the seem­ingly vex­ing is­sue of same-sex marriage was em­ployed as a po­lit­i­cal football by fed­eral par­lia­ment, 2016 was shap­ing up as a fraught year for wed­ded bliss. From the well­doc­u­mented crum­bling of mar­i­tal re­la­tions be­tween Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie to Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, the ill-fated na­ture of var­i­ous celebrity cou­plings has been a som­bre re­flec­tion of the fact that in Aus­tralia an es­ti­mated one in three mar­riages end in di­vorce. Break­ing up is never easy, but even harder when it hap­pens under the spot­light. As Lindy Klim tells writer Vic­to­ria Han­naford, “the hu­mil­i­a­tion of find­ing out about things in a magazine” only com­pounded her pain over her split from Olympic cham­pion Michael Klim. But it’s not all doom and gloom in the world of high-pro­file wed­lock, with St­ing telling James Wigney his am­bi­tion is “to die with the woman I am mar­ried to still lov­ing me”. Maybe there’s hope for holy mat­ri­mony yet.

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