After 6 years of marriage and 2 kids, Jack White (front-man musician of the defunct band The White Stripes) and his wife, Karen Elson, are getting a divorce. Know what else they’re doing? They’re throwing a divorce party.
Although I’m a divorce lawyer, I still tear up at weddings. When people ask me for help going through one of the most difficult experiences of their lives – divorce, I help them. But I’m not jaded about marriage and I don’t promote divorce. Having said that: Wow! I love the idea of White/Elson divorce party!
Jack White and Karen Elson aren’t really throwing a divorce party, they’re throwing a friendship party. In a joint statement, the two said:
“We remain dear and trusted friends and co-parents to our wonderful children Scarlett and Henry Lee. We feel so fortunate for the time we have shared and the time we will continue to spend both separately and together watching our children grow… In honor of that time shared, we are throwing a divorce party… An evening together in Nashville to re-affirm our friendship and celebrate the past and future with close friends and family.”
In the face of a difficult reality, Jack White and Karen Elson are at least starting off with acknowledgment, appreciation, and mutual respect for each other. If they can hold on to those feelings, despite their divorce, they will be giving themselves and their kids a great gift. I hope the spirit of their “divorce party” carries them through their lives and sees them dancing with each other at their children’s weddings. I’d raise a glass to that, any day.