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Sarah Jessica Parker couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to collaborate with footwear designer Manolo Blahnik, and Carrie Bradshaw would be shaking in her sky-high boots right about now. (Cue Bradshaw yelp of excitement!)

The Sex and the City star, now 48, graces the cover of Harper’s Bazaar September issue, the biggest issue the fashion glossy has after had. She wears a glitter gold Marc Jacobs gown on the cover, and is photographed by Terry Richardson in Chanel, Gucci and Oscar de la Renta inside the codex.

Parker catapulted to fashion icon status thanks to the HBO comedy that saw her decked out in high-end selections and bold choices from costume designer Patricia Field. But the well-heeled star maintained her quirky glam image off-camera too.

In her feature piece, fashion critic Cathy Horyn gushed about the “unfailingly gracious” Parker, a native of Nelsonville, Ohio.

“She has a fan base in the fashion world that’s extraordinary, and it’s truly because she’s such a nice person,” said Manolo Blahnik president, George Malkemus. The pair recently teamed up to create SJP, a collaborative shoe line for Nordstrom that will launch in February. “Were it anyone but Sarah Jessica, I wouldn’t have done it.”

Parker previously collaborated on a cutesy fashion line called Bitten and later worked with mega-designer Halston, but both partnerships fizzled out and, contrary to popular belief, she said she did not get paid in either case.

“We’ve all worked with complicated people, and I always think that I can disarm them. I love collaborating. I’m a great listener and learner and I don’t think I know more than they do. I’m transparent,” she said. “I really did work for free … some cultures can’t be undone.”

E tu, SJP? That sounds like a typical fashion industry story if we’ve ever heard one.

The mother of three and wife of actor Matthew Broderick is still maintaining her fashionista persona as she gets older, but it turns out it comes over a bit more effortless than many thought.

“I don’t think I’ve ever spent 10 minutes calculating my image,” Parker said. “I can’t even recall a conversation.”

Gee, we know a Philip Treacy mowhawk headpiece that begs to differ…

Parker also addressed rumours that Broderick cheated on her – rumours that “quietly vanished.”

“Yeah, I didn’t comment on it,” Parker said, adding, “People have asked me about my marriage, ‘How do you make it work, and I say, ‘We don’t talk about it.’ That’s not really true. It’s sort of a nasty response.”

“Matthew and I come from a different time and place. When we were young people, all we ever wanted was to be good working actors. We didn’t think of fame or money because, honestly, money was never part of the dream. It was to work in theatre, to be around those people whose work I was in total awe of. I never saw the trappings; nobody talked about being a celebrity. So when our marriage came up in conversation, it wouldn’t occur to us that we were obligated to respond to allegations or gossip. You have to be a bit circumspect, but you also have to take up a position, and you have to stick to it.

“There’s also the reality of your life,” she added. “I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”

So what’s next for Parker? She’s set to appear in an off-Broadway production of The Commons of Pensacola with Blythe Danner next month, she’s developing a gritty series for HBO called Into the Fire, producing a documentary for AOL about the New York City Ballet and working to raise money for Democratic causes, according to the mag.

That’s in addition to her collaboration made in Sex and the City heaven.

The September issue hits newsstands on August 20 and iPads on August 15.

Sarah Jessica Parker Slams ‘Untrue’ and ‘Disgraceful’ Reports Claiming Marital Problems With Matthew Broderick

Sarah Jessica Parker defended her nearly 22-year marriage to Matthew Broderick on Wednesday, while slamming tabloid reports that have claimed relationship troubles between the two.

The Sex and the City actress, 54, shared a photo of an email that appeared to be from The National Enquirer, which explained that the tabloid was preparing a story about an alleged “public screaming match” between her and Broderick and wanted Parker’s comment.

Broderick, 57, has been working in London recently, starring in the West End production of Kenneth Lonergan’s play, The Starry Messenger (his 13-week limited run in the drama begins Thursday). The Enquirer‘s email claimed Parker had confronted her husband about how much time he is spending overseas.

Rather than respond privately, Parker — who shares three kids with Broderick: James, 16, and 9-year-old twins Marion and Tabitha — decided to call The Enquirer out for her 5.4 million followers to see.

“Just like clockwork. Over a decade of the same, untrue, disgraceful nonsense,” said Parker in a lengthy Instagram comment, denying the reports.

“As usual, days ahead of our anniversary on May 19th, The National Enquirer is making its annual best effort to fabricate and undermine, this time a blissful four days with my husband in London,” Parker continued. “There was no ‘screaming match’ as alleged in a restaurant or on the street, nor was there a confrontation as alleged about his time in London. My children and I are enormously proud of the work he is doing.”

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She went on to reveal why she decided to call out the publication so boldly.

“After much thought I have decided to share a typical letter of ‘inquiry’ from these people. As if the truth, a response or any comments from me or my publicist had any bearing on what they threaten to ‘report,’ ” Parker wrote.

“Hey National Enquirer and your sister publications, why not celebrate a marriage of 22 years and relationship of 27 years? Because, despite your endless harassment and wasted ink, we are nearing 3 decades of love, commitment, respect, family and home,” she said. “There’s your ‘scoop.’ From a ‘reliable source.’ “

Parker’s note ended with the hashtag, “#tabloidharassment.”

The star’s celebrity friends later praised her actions.

“This is brilliant,” wrote Gwyneth Paltrow.

Comedian Amy Sedaris called Parker’s call out a “perfect letter.”

“YOU GO SJ!!!!!!!! AND HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO A BEAUTIFUL LOVING COUPLE!!” added good friend and TV host Andy Cohen.

“Yes. You are an inspiration!” said Jesse Tyler Ferguson. “Thank you for this.”

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Parker has always been open about how she and Broderick have kept their marriage strong throughout the years while balancing careers in Hollywood.

Their secret? A willingness to adjust and grow together.

“Your needs are shifting,” she told PEOPLE in February 2018. “You and your partner are going to change. It seems so silly, but I think you’re very lucky if you like the person. I still just really like him. I’m sure I annoy him and he annoys me, but I literally learn about him every day. I’m like, ‘You’re doing what? You’re reading what?’”

“I think marriage has a lot of vitality,” she added. “If you’re fortunate, it’s like this dazzling organism.”

And when it comes to raising their children, Parker said she and Broderick make a point to “have conversations” as a family. “Our lives are unpredictable, and we’re not always here when we want to be,” she admitted. “We can’t always do drop-off and pick-up. But I’m proud that our children talk to us in the way they do. I’m glad they’re curious people.”

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Are Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick Still Together?

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have often been cited as one of the longest-lasting celebrity couples. They got married in the 1990’s, but since they are often quite private about their relationship, some fans might be wondering if they are even still together. After all, breakups always seem to be inevitable when it comes to Hollywood romances. Read on below to find out where Parker and Broderick are in their love lives right now.

How Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick first met

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick first met in 1991. They reportedly got acquainted because of Parker’s brothers, who founded the Naked Angels Theater Company. Broderick was directing a play for the company at the time and met Parker because she often visited their rehearsals.

Broderick finally asked Parker out in February 1992, and soon enough, they fell in love.

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The pair tied the knot in May 1997, and their wedding was anything but traditional.

First off, they kept it a secret from friends and family. Parker and Broderick invited about 100 guests to a synagogue in New York City on their wedding day, though everyone thought that the event was simply a party.

Parker opted for a black Le Fay dress instead of a traditional white gown. In 2016, Parker told Watch What Happens Live: “I just was too embarrassed to spend any time looking for a wedding dress. There was a store that I liked that I knew, and I just went and got whatever they had hanging.” However, she did tell Harper’s Bazaar in 2009 that if they ever renewed their vows, she would wear white this time.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have three children

Parker and Broderick welcomed their first child together in 2002 – a son named James. Then, in 2009, they had twin daughters named Tabitha and Marion.

The couple has hired a couple of nannies throughout the years to help with their children, but they have always been hands-on parents. “That’s something that’s important to both of us,” Parker once shared with Vogue. “We don’t shirk it because what’s the point in having a family if you’re not going to really participate in it, you know?”

Are Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick still together?

Fortunately for fans of Parker and Broderick, the two of them are still together. In 2019, they celebrated their 22nd year of marriage, which is no doubt a very impressive number.

As for their secret to longevity, Parker once shared that it came down to simply being friends as a foundation for their relationship.

“I know it sounds dreary and not sexy, but I think the most important part of it is companionship,” Parker said. “For me, it’s about asking myself: who do I want to sit with, in Ireland ? Who do I want to see those ruins with? Who is still the most challenging to me? Who do I like best?”

Parker has also shared in another interview that they embrace changes in each other. After more than 20 years together, it’s likely that neither of them are exactly the same as they were when they first met. However, instead of stifling changes that come up, they simply allow them to happen and grow with time.

Parker said: “Your needs are shifting. You and your partner are going to change. It seems so silly, but I think you’re very lucky if you like the person. I still just really like him. I’m sure I annoy him, and he annoys me, but I literally learn about him every day. I’m like, ‘You’re doing what? You’re reading what?’”

Matthew McConaughey reveals which costar he had a crush on

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Matthew McConaughey has shared the screen with a dazzling lineup of A-list leading ladies, from Sandra Bullock and Kate Hudson to Jennifer Garner and Reese Witherspoon. But which Hollywood actress won his heart long before they’d even met?

“I had a big crush on Sarah Jessica growing up,” the Free State of Jones star tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

When the two teamed up for the 2006 romantic comedy Failure to Launch, McConaughey, 46, even fessed up.

“I did let her know,” he shares during an interview with PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly‘s editorial director for an exclusive video series, The Jess Cagle Interview.

“I don’t know if it was the first day of shooting or the last, but I did let her know.”

Of course, the actor would find real love with Camila Alves, 34, whom he married in 2012 after six years of dating.

As for the roster of former leading ladies, McConaughey has nothing but fond feelings. Among those he weighs in on are Bullock (“Could run her own country”), Jennifer Garner (“I could trust Jennifer with anything”), Jennifer Lopez (“Quad threat … When Lopez shows up, she goes to work”), and close buddy Reese Witherspoon (“She’s very ambitious … and makes it happen”).

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Matthew McConaughey has worked with some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, but there’s one costar that really caught his eye!

“I had a big crush on Sarah Jessica growing up,” the actor tells PEOPLE.

When the two teamed up for the 2006 romantic comedy “Failure to Launch,” the hunky leading man actually told SJP about his feelings, despite the fact that she was married to Matthew Broderick.

“I did let her know,” he admits. “I don’t know if it was the first day of shooting or the last, but I did let her know.”

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While the “Free State of Jones” star was smitten with his costar, he fell in love at first sight with his now-wife, Camila Alves. The couple met at a club in Los Angeles shortly after he shot his movie with Parker.

“I was very happily single and healthily single,” McConaughey tells the mag. “I was not looking. I was sleeping well, I was spiritually sound, I was good hanging with me.”

“Out of the corner of my eye, this sort of aqua-green figure went floating across the frame about 20 feet in front of me,” he continues. “My eye went up and I remember what came out of my mouth. I didn’t say ‘Who is that?’ I went, ‘What is that?’ As l was trying to get that’s attention across the room, I went in my head, ‘This is not the kind of woman you call over across the room, McConaughey. Get your ass out of your chair and go get her.’ Which I did.”

The pair, who married in 2012 after six years of dating, has three adorable kids — Levi, almost 8, Vida, 6, and Livingston, 3.

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Sarah Jessica Parker might be best known for wearing an elaborate white wedding gown in her nuptials to Mr. Big on Sex and the City. But in her real-life wedding to Matthew Broderick in 1997, she wore a black Morgane Le Fay dress. The choice to wear a black wedding gown was both chic and memorable, but in a new interview, Parker says it’s a big regret of hers.

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On Watch What Happens Live, the actress told Andy Cohen the real story behind the fashion risk. “Oh, I wish it was because I was badass,” she said. “I just was too embarrassed to spend any time looking for a wedding dress. There was a store that I liked that I knew, and I just went and got whatever they had hanging.”

If she were to get married in 2016, she wouldn’t opt for black. “I would do it differently,” she said. Back in 2009, she told the Today show that she wore it then to avoid drawing attention to herself. That may also have been because the wedding was a surprise to everyone but the couple. They invited 100 guests to New York for what they thought was a party, only to witness their wedding at the Angel Orensanz Synagogue.

Nowadays, she’d “white it up,” she told the show. “I’d wear a beautiful, proper wedding dress, like I should have worn that day.” And she elaborated to Martha Stewart Weddings in 2015, saying she’d want an “Oscar de la Renta feel, pockets below the waist, a very fitted bodice, a huge skirt, in taffeta and duchesse satin.”

But if a dress is her only regret about her wedding, it’s a pretty minor one to have, even if she is a style icon these days. She and Broderick are about to celebrate their 20th anniversary, so if she feels like it, that would be the perfect occasion to rock a white gown.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Wedding Dress Was So Untraditional — Here’s Why

In the first Sex and the City movie, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw offered up two stunningly iconic bridal looks — the first being an understated skirt suit she scored at a vintage store and the second, a super-voluminous Vivienne Westwood gown. True to her character’s iconic style, both picks were rather untraditional, but Sarah Jessica’s Parker’s real wedding dress — the style she wore to say “I do” to husband Matthew Broderick — is the most unconventional gown she’s ever worn down the aisle. If you’re looking to take an untraditional route when it comes to your own bridal style, prepare to take note from Parker.

It’s no secret Parker was a fashion icon in the ’90s (and still remains one today). She perfectly infused her street style and red carpet outfits with unexpected elements, and she certainly wasn’t afraid of a rocking a more daring look. That’s why Parker’s choice to walk down the aisle wearing an off-the-rack Morgane Le Fay dress seemed like a fitting pick for the actor. Rather than a classic white hue, Parker opted for black, which paired perfectly with the dress’ thin spaghetti straps and tiered, ruffled skirt.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Parker didn’t intend on making such a statement with her look — in fact, she hoped it would fly under the radar. In an interview with Marie Claire back in 2006, Parker opened up the reasoning behind her unconventional wedding dress pick. “I was too embarrassed to get married in white, and both Matthew and I were reluctant to have people pay so much attention to us,” she shared. “Which is ridiculous, because that’s when you can relish the attention, when it’s natural. We treated it like it was a big party on a Mon. night, and I regret it.”

Although Parker’s dress has remained one of the most-talked-about celebrity dresses of all time, the actor would take a different route if she walked down the aisle now. “If I were getting married today, I’d likely wear cream, just to have that bridal experience,” she shared with Martha Stewart Weddings.

“Now, I would want my dress to have an Oscar de la Renta feel, pockets below the waist, a very fitted bodice, a huge skirt, in taffeta or duchesse satin. That silhouette appeals to me because it’s old fashioned yet can look very modern.”

Parker and Broderick started dating in the ’90s and officially tied the knot five years later, on May 19, 1997, in a very small, intimate ceremony. All 100 attendees thought they were there for a party — how’s that for a low-key affair?

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Though Parker’s unconventional bridal look is her biggest wedding regret, it’s nonetheless one that paved the way for untraditional brides. Parker made a convincing case for going against long-held wedding customs, and the actor’s unique pick still continues to serve as bridal inspiration today.

If black is too stark of a pick to wear on your big day but you still want something unique, there are a handful of other ways you can lean into the untraditional trend. Whether it’s picking a more unusual silhouette or foregoing a dress entirely and opting for a suit instead, channeling Parker’s unique bridal style is easier than you’d think. Ahead, shop The Zoe Report’s roundup of unconventional bridal picks.

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Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker Who can forget Sarah Jessica Parker’s black wedding dress? That’s right, the “Sex And The City” actress got married in black to fellow movie star Matthew Broderick in 1997. Their wedding was a secret one. 100 guests were invited to New York for what they thought was just a party. They didn’t know that the couple was getting married until they arrived at the Angel Orensanz Synagogue. The vows were officiated by Broderick’s sister, Janet Broderick Kraft, an Episcopal minister. The pair seemed to be in a hurry to tie the knot. The groom wore an off-the-rack suit, and Sarah Jessica Parker bought the first dress she saw: a black dress with a fitted bodice and a full ruffled skirt. In 2009, she told Harper’s Bazaar that she regrets her dress choice: “I’m not kidding. White it up. I’d wear a beautiful, proper wedding dress, like I should have worn on the day.” Dress regrets aside, the wedding went off without a hitch and the reception that followed kept guests partying until 2 AM. At the end of the evening, each guest was given a wedding favor: a piece of cake with a note from Sarah Jessica Parker that read, Put this under your pillow, and dream of your true love. Today, the pair is still happily married with three children, including a set of twin girls.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick celebrate 22 years of marriage

Sarah Jessica Parker has wished her husband Matthew Broderick a happy wedding anniversary, just days after saying she was fed up of “untrue, disgraceful nonsense” being said about their marriage.

The Sex And The City star, 54, posted an old photo of the couple on Instagram to celebrate their 22 years as husband and wife.

“May 19th, 1997- May 19th, 2019,” she wrote.

“22 years, 8,030 days.

“And a billion memories.

“Happy anniversary baby.”

Parker’s post came just a few days after she shared a message from a US publication asking for a comment on rumours the pair had a “public screaming match”.

“Over a decade of the same untrue, disgraceful nonsense,” she said.

The actress said she and Broderick had a “blissful 4 days” in London together and that “there was no ‘screaming match’ as alleged in a restaurant or on the street, nor was there a confrontation as alleged about his time in London”.

“My children and I are enormously proud of the work he is doing,” said the star, who has three children with the actor.

“Why not celebrate a marriage of 22 years and relationship of 27 years?” she asked.

Parker said despite what has been written about the couple, they were “nearing 3 decades of love, commitment, respect, family and home.”

“There’s your ‘scoop’ From a ‘reliable source’,” she added.

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January 28, 2020 – 13:59 GMT Hanna Fillingham Sarah Jessica Parker took to Instagram to reveal her devastation over news in New York that will affect her family. The Sex and the City actress is mum to son James and twins Marion and Tabitha

Sarah Jessica Parker has opened up about her disappointment over the recent news that New York’s subway chief, Andy Byford, would be resigning from the role, especially as he had made significant progress on the transport in the city – something the actress uses regularly with her three children to get around. Taking to Instagram, Sarah shared a news story concerning Andy’s decision, and wrote: “Devastated. Undone. Despite the recent rumours, had talked myself out of believing this dark day would ever really visit NYC subway riders. Sob.” Many of Sarah’s followers were quick to share their views, with one writing: “Definitely saw an improvement with him, especially with delays. What a shame,” while another added: “It’s devastating news for all NYC.”

Sarah Jessica Parker revealed her devastation over the New York subway update

The Carrie Bradshaw actress lives in New York with her husband Matthew Broderick and their three children, son James, 17, and ten-year-old twin daughters, Marion and Tabitha. Sarah adores living in the Big Apple, and previously revealed she would never leave, at least “not voluntarily” during an interview with Vogue in 2014. The star was taking part in the publication’s 73 questions, and opened the doors to her West Village townhouse.

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The Sex and the City actress is a regular on the subway with her family

The Here and Now actress recently opened up about how she keeps her children grounded, despite their parent being in the public eye. Appearing on Australia’s KIIS FM, the star said: “Parents who aren’t well known can have children who aren’t grounded because of the example they set in their home.” She went on to explain that since she grew up with not a lot of money, she vowed that after finding fame she would only give her family what they need, rather than what they want. Sarah said she tells her children: “I will do my best to make sure you always have what you need, but I want you pining towards something. I want you to work for something, to dream of it, to will it to happen.”

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Sarah with her twins at the New York Ballet

While Sarah normally keeps her family life out of the public, she opened up keeping her relationship alive with Matthew in an interview with People. The couple have been married for over 20 years, and she disclosed: “We love to go to the theatre, we love eating, we love being with our friends! It’s those times that are few and far between because of our work and kids’ schedules, but we’re happy.”

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Sarah Jessica Parker fiercely defends marriage to Matthew Broderick

Sarah Jessica Parker defended her marriage to Matthew Broderick in a heated Instagram post on Thursday, calling any new rumors of a loud public argument “untrue, disgraceful nonsense.”

Parker, who has been married to fellow actor Broderick for more than two decades, posted her missive after she says she received a letter from National Enquirer requesting comment regarding a “screaming match” the couple was allegedly involved in while in London.

“Just like clockwork. Over a decade of the same untrue, disgraceful nonsense,” Parker captioned a screenshot of the letter she says was sent to her publicist by the Enquirer.

The “Sex and the City” star says she spent a “blissful 4 days” in London with Broderick, who is working there on the play “The Starry Messenger” while she remains at their home base in New York. “There was no ‘screaming match’ as alleged in a restaurant or on the street, nor was there a confrontation as alleged about his time in London. My children and I are enormously proud of the work he is doing,” she wrote.

She said the pair is “nearing 3 decades of love, commitment, respect, family and home,” and described the ordeal as “tabloid harassment.”

Broderick, 57, and Parker, 54, married in May 1997 and share three children — son James Wilkie Broderick and twin daughters Marion and Tabitha Broderick.

Page Six has reached out to the Enquirer for comment.

A Look at HBO’s New Comedy Series “Divorce,” Starring Sarah Jessica Parker

Carrie Bradshaw’s getting divorced

Is it possible to have a mentor who is a fictional character? If so, Carrie Bradshaw was mine. Happy, fun, brave, and kind, Bradshaw had a way of storytelling in the former HBO series Sex and the City that made us laugh till we cried, tear up (in a good way), and feel inspired to be strong, independent, and full of hope that our “Big” was out there and it was just a matter of time until we found him.

So when I heard Sarah Jessica Parker was starring in a new HBO comedy series called Divorce, this divorce writer, who refers to herself as “an older, suburban, divorced Carrie Bradshaw plus two kids and minus the great body,” was curious. That said, I was not looking forward to seeing Parker (who will forever be Carrie Bradshaw to me) in a show about divorce. I want to believe Bradshaw is still living in New York City, happily married to Big and still hanging out with her best girlfriends—Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha.

Divorce, which first aired on HBO October 9, is set in a quaint New York suburb in the dead of winter. The series costars Thomas Haden Church, a brilliant casting choice by producers and a funny, lovable actor who showed his incredible talent playing Jack in the 2004 indie megahit Sideways.

The show got off to a great start when I experienced a laugh-out-loud moment in the first minute. Robert (played by Church) asks his wife, Frances (played by Parker), if she heard him knocking on the bathroom door 20 minutes ago.

“Yeah,” she says, in a completely indifferent tone.

Church then produces a coffee can and replies, “I was forced to take a shit in this coffee can in the garage.”

Parker replies, again with cold indifference, “OK,” turns back to the mirror, and continues putting on her makeup.

The show starts off painting a clear picture of a marriage deeply in trouble; a couple who has fallen out of love; and an extremely unlikable wife acting icy and distant toward her husband, treating him with zero respect or kindness. Robert comes across as this poor, sweet guy who just wants to be loved.

It is at a 50th birthday party at a friend’s house during which the birthday girl (played by Molly Shannon) tries to shoot her husband, who then has a heart attack and almost dies, that Frances decides to ask Robert for a divorce.

“You spent last Christmas fishing in Alaska . . . it was the best Christmas I have had in years,” Frances says to her husband and the father of their two children. “Sometimes I come home from work, and I’m happy. I actually feel happy. And then I see your car there, parked, and I realize you’re home and my heart sinks.”

Ouch. That was painful and uncomfortable to watch. Anyone who has ever gone through a divorce will tell you he or she either said or heard things similar to what Frances said that were beyond hurtful and that stay with the person forever.

Additionally, if you are a divorced person, chances are you aren’t liking Frances very much at this point, especially when we find out she has been cheating on her husband for the past year. The show makes it easy for the audience to judge her.

The next morning, she stops by the apartment of Julian—an unattractive, unlikable guy who makes his own granola and apparently gives great orgasms. After they have sex, she tells him that she asked Robert for a divorce, expecting Julian to be happy about it. To her dismay, Julian responds by saying he’s disappointed, wants nothing to do with her two kids, and admits that his biggest attraction to Frances was the secrecy of the affair.

Dumbfounded by his response, Frances is practically running home to save her marriage and tells Robert she wants to work it out. At this point, things changed for me, and I found myself rooting for Frances. Everyone messes up and deserves a second chance, right? Plus, there are kids involved here.

She and Robert begin to try to save their marriage, and things seem as if they might work out. But, again, any divorced person will tell you that never happens. Soon after, Robert looks at Frances’s phone and finds out about the cheating. In the last scene of episode one, the next day, Frances comes home from a friend’s house and finds that Robert has locked her out of the house.

Furious—and with a complete personality change from his soft, sweet demeanor—Robert says with conviction, and through a closed, locked door, “You disgust me now. . . . I’m going to make you miserable.” He then says something that really pisses me off: “And more to the point, I’m going to make your children hate you.”

As a divorce writer who receives dozens of e-mails per week from unhappy men and women asking me for advice on what to do because they are no longer in love with their spouse, I can say that Divorce paints a very accurate picture of how difficult staying in a marriage really is.

The show also displays how quickly things can become ugly when someone admits he or she wants a divorce and/or cheating comes into play. The shock, anger, hurt, and resentment people feel when they realize it’s over can make people say and do things even they never thought they would say or do.

I’m looking forward to this series, but I wonder, Will divorced men and women want to relive their divorces every Sunday night? Because if you are divorced, you know exactly where this story line is going. The upside is you’ve got two amazing actors and many, many moments of levity that compensate for what could be a depressing plot. And if at any time you decide you need a break from the stress of the nightmare Robert and Frances are about to live, you can always turn to Sex and the City reruns.

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Jackie Pilossoph, ESME’s Divorce Resource Guide, is the creator of Divorced Girl Smiling, a website that helps men and women facing divorce. She is also a weekly Huffington Post divorce blogger; the writer of a weekly column, “Love Essentially,” for the Chicago Tribune’s Pioneer Press; and a freelance corporate and business content writer. Pilossoph holds a master’s degree in journalism. She lives in Chicago with her two children. Oh, and she’s divorced.