This year has seen an unprecedented number of shock celebrity separations from Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux and Jenny Slate and Chris Evans to Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, who announced their separation just this week.
While it’s easy to think that celebrities are immune from the feelings of failure and loneliness that accompany separation, they are quick to point out that no amount of fame or success can spare you post-divorce pain.
"That process of discovering with somebody that you love that you don’t work is so painful", explained Kate Hudson of her divorce, while Jennifer Aniston explained, "There are many stages of grief. It’s sad, something coming to an end. It cracks you open. When you try to avoid the pain, it creates greater pain."
Drew Barrymore is the latest A-lister to speak candidly about the pains of divorce, separating from her ex-husband Will Kopelman, and the father of her two children, back in 2016.
In fact according to the 43-year-old actress, it was the offer of her role in the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet that got her out of her dark place, even though at the time she wasn’t looking for a job.
"I had actually stopped acting for several years because I wanted to raise my kids," Drew explained to NBC. "But then a shift happened in my life and I was separating from their father and it was just a very difficult time. I definitely personally was in a very dark and fearful place and then this script came along and I was like, 'Yeah I don’t think this is a good time' and ironically, I think it taught me a valuable life lesson."
She continued: "Sometimes when you think something is the worst timing and the worst idea, it can actually become the thing that saves you and pulls you out and gives you a new focus, and empowerment, and switches your constant stuck way of thinking and feeling and puts it into something else that might actually get you to a healthier place faster."
Well that’s our daily dose of inspiration.
This article originally appeared on Marie Claire UK