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Debra Messing Opens Up About Divorce

Debra Messing Opens Up About Divorce

Debra Messing attends the 2012 Kentucky Derby held at Churchill Downs on Saturday (May 5) in Louisville, Ky.

The 43-year-old actress wore the annual Grey Goose hat!

Debra recently opened up to Ladies’ Home Journal about her divorce to Daniel Zelman.

“I think the institution of marriage is a noble thing. I think the idea of a partner for life is incredibly romantic. But now we’re living to 100. A hundred years ago, people were dying at age 37. Til death do us part was a much different deal,” Debra said.

“It’s a very long time,” she added. “And I am at peace with the journey we’ve had. I feel like the 20 years we had together has been a huge success. And despite the fact that everything is changing, I think everyone is thriving.”

Also pictured inside: Debra‘s Smash co-star Megan Hilty at the re-opening of Sephora’s Soho store on Friday (May 4) in New York City.

10+ pictures inside of Debra Messing and Megan Hilty hitting the scene…

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Credit: Astrid Stawiarz; Theo Wargo; Photos: Getty
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  • niagirl

    And there you have it. Hollywood’s take on marriage. I will marry you for a couple of years but not for life because we might live too long. Looney.

  • edzctor
  • flowers for mothers day

    Weeee for hollywood marriages

  • Is she for real??

    That iis the most lamest reasoning I’Ve ever heard! I agree with the first post. HW should never get married, just have the party and leave the sanctity of marriage to the people who do believe and respect their vows because they marry for love not for the next hottest piece!

  • Mary H.

    The whole point of getting married is being with someone you can spend the rest of your life with….

  • Cat

    umm she totally stole that line from jeff winger from community

  • Ohaihai

    So she got married, lived 20 years with her partner, had kids, hit their 20th anniversary and divorced him cause 20 years is ENOUGH.
    Not impressed at all.

  • jennifer

    blatant disrespect for vows.
    Too lazy and self centered to try to compromise and become a marriage

  • an opinion

    @Ohaihai: No. She was married for 20 years. Then started working on Smash. Fell for a guy who also acts on the show. So she decided she wanted out of the marriage. It had nothing to do with how long she was married.

  • Jess

    Pretty sure people were living much longer than that only 100 years ago. LOL. Love Debra, but seriously LOL.

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  • cocolo

    This one will never find or belive in true love.Fake soul.

  • Ross

    @an opinion: Hey moron! That’s not true. Debra Messing and her husband were married for 10 years but together for 20 years.

    She did not leave her husband for the other guy. Debra and her husband seperated in early 2011 but did not make it public until December of 2011. Her current boyfriend Will Chase did shoot Smash until Late August-Early September of 2011 where he and Debra met. By that time, Debra and her husband had long seperated. After that, those two didn’t begin dating until early November. Get your facts straight.

    Anyway I do agree that her comment on marriageare pretty stupid.

  • Jenn

    Messing’s comment is stupid; however, people are really judgmental about divorce. The problem with Hollywood celebrities is that they make it everyone’s business and then don’t like being criticized. Celebrities like Messing make silly comments instead of stating that it’s a personal decision that doesn’t need to be discussed. Twenty years of being with someone is a long time, and if the marriage has turned ugly, why keep being miserable? I know many divorcees who tried and tried but couldn’t reconcile. In these cases, I believe it’s better to break the vow than to be stuck in a depressing union. Last year, a Thailand divorce lawyer helped my Thai husband and I divorce. I moved back to the US and will never regret my divorce that freed me from a person who had become bad. However, I believe in trying, and I believe in privacy about one’s decisions. Stop blabbing, Hollywood!