Divorce and dating neighbor
EVEN for a celebrity, Denise Richards seemed to have crossed a line. (It didn't help that the two, seen cavorting on the Amalfi coast in Italy after Ms. Sambora on tour with Bon Jovi in Europe, seemed to be flaunting their newfound happiness.) Even a new beer commercial, of all things, flirts briefly with the idea that pursuing a friend's former flame violates an unspoken rule. The answer, delivered by Burt Reynolds, is ''forever,'' until someone asks, ''What if she's drop-dead gorgeous? ''If you feel this could be a soul mate and that's why you're pursuing it, then all is fair in love and war,'' said Nancy Slotnick, a relationship coach in New York.
Parents may still smart from the sting of rejection divorce inevitably is; they may keep rehashing difficult moments and wondering if they could still rewrite the script; their minds may be preoccupied with making ends meet or other concerns.
''I told her: 'What I have with him is something I feel very deeply about.
I have a memory of walking down the street with my mother, around the age of five, thinking about a conversation I’d had with some other children in the schoolyard a few days earlier.
Breaking that bond not only is disloyal, some maintain, but ignores emotional realities like the certain sense of ownership that people feel toward their exes.
''Heather Locklear is going through this terrible divorce, and out of all the men in the world, Denise Richards chooses to date her husband,'' said Hilary Black, editor in chief of Tango, a women's magazine focused on love and relationships. ''Had they still been friends, this likely wouldn't have happened,'' Mr. ''It's not as if she pursued it,'' he said of the relationship.
On that outing with my mother, it finally hit me: it simply was not possible for me to separate these two people well enough in my mind to choose. That was in the ’50s, and I was lucky in that I was able to drop the question and never had to make that choice—or have someone make it for me.