When famous people get divorced, a lot of people pay attention. It shows that even famous couples can have problems like anyone else. One recent example is actress Busy Philipps. Her divorce has become a big topic for fans and the media.
Busy Philipps is well-known for her acting in TV shows and movies, so her personal life gets a lot of attention. Even though Hollywood seems all glamorous, her divorce shows that real life can be tough, even for celebrities. Let’s take a closer look at Busy Philipps’ divorce, why it happened and how it’s affected her.
When Did Busy Philipps & Her Husband Split Up?
Busy Philipps and her husband Marc Silverstein have been separated after nearly 15 years of marriage. The news of their separation was confirmed by Philipps in 2022 in an episode of her podcast, Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best. She told her co-hosts:
“It’s been a really long time that Marc and I have been separated, and our kids know, our families know, our friends know and we really discussed, like, how do I handle it sort of publicly. Because when we first separated, it was, like, February of last year.”
“But the truth is, we, you know, there’s, like, a conventional idea of what a person in the public eye is supposed to do when their relationship ends, and it’s been very well established, right? Like, you make a statement, you’re committed to remaining friends, ‘please respect our privacy and our family’s privacy in this time,’ right? But the truth is, like, who made that rule up, that that’s how you do it? I’m serious.”
She went on:
“And if anything, the last several years has shown me it’s a little bit that, like, you can only do what’s right for you and your family, whether or not you have a public-facing life or you just post on Facebook or whatever. Because we all at this point have a public-facing life. You don’t have to follow a conventional idea just because it’s been done before. I really do believe that.”
“Marc and I talked about it, and when we first separated, we couldn’t even think about putting one of those statements out — it made us sick, both of us, truly ill.”
“The surest way that Marc and I have been able to ensure the privacy of our kids that we love so f—ing much was by not involving the public.”
Her co-host Caissie St. Onge interjected, “If I may, you are the least separate separated people I’ve probably ever known.” She said:
“Well we love each other — very much! And we have these beautiful kids together. And there are a lot of things that really work about our relationship.”
Even though they had been married for over 15 years, the couple’s marriage wasn’t always easy. Philipps has said many times that she was on the verge of divorcing Silverstein because of problems or arguments in their marriage.
The Dawson’s Creek star said in her 2018 book,”This Will Only Hurt a Little” that she had gone through a difficult period in her marriage to the producer, which drove her to go for emotional support in a different partner. Philipps wrote:
“There was a man I was friends with, another dad. We’d been having lunch and stuff. Texting. Talking on the phone a lot. Honestly, I had a crush on him. I like him. Maybe I even loved him? He clearly liked me too.”
Philipps said that when she informed Silverstein that she wanted a divorce, he was taken aback and requested another opportunity. She confided in her therapist and her friend Michelle Williams, who counseled her to “keep your family intact.”
Subsequently, she and Silverstein resumed their therapy sessions. Philipps wrote in her memoir:
“This time, Marc got his own therapist. And we started to work through it. But I also kept talking to my emotional boyfriend (for lack of a better term). I know. That part is so s—. I’m sorry. I really am. I really truly am.”
Recently Busy Philipps shared a post on Instagram related to her personal life in which she said:
“Thank you @voguemagazine and @hannahjacksuhn for the the lovely write-up about Marc and my giant garage sale this weekend with the @curethrift link in stories if you want to read all about it! (and shoutout to @gwynethpaltrow for paving the way by talking about a different way to separate.”
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How Many Kids Does Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein Have?
Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein are the parents of two kids together: Birdie Leigh and Cricket Pearl. Philipps revealed that Silverstein wasn’t initially the most supportive parent after they welcomed Birdie. The former Freaks and Geeks star recalled:
“He was not understanding how to be a dad and, in fact, didn’t try. I was parenting by myself, When I told him I wanted to have a second child, he said, ‘Fine, but it’s all on you.’ That was so heartbreaking.”
“Marriage is always hard, but especially when you have kids … You’re going to go through periods when you’re not into it, but there always has to be one person willing to fight. I went to Marc several times and said, ‘I cannot do this anymore. Something has to change, and it’s you.’ “
“We’ve had a lot of serious discussions and counseling, and he’s incredibly participatory now in a way I don’t think he could’ve imagined before. We’re a work in progress but trying our best and that’s the most you can do.”