|Despite two divorces and three children by three different husbands, actress Kate Winslet claims that divorce is actually good for children, stating that “it’s very important to teach your children to struggle on some level.”The 39-year-old Oscar-winning star, who rose to fame for her role in the blockbuster movie “Titanic” had been married twice before tying the knot in 2012 with Richard Branson’s nephew, Ned Rocknroll, who was born Abel Smith.
Winslet’s children include 14-year-old Mia, from her first marriage to Jim Threapleton; 11-year-old Joe, from her second marriage, to Sam Mendes; and her toddler son, Bear, who was born shortly after her third marriage to Rocknroll.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Winslet said she wouldn’t change her family situation for anything — “even all the bad bits.”
Winslet’s two splits aren’t all that uncommon among celebrities of her stature. Famous couples seem to marry and break up faster than most people can keep track of.
Among the most ridiculous celebrity divorces were socialite Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries, whose marriage ended after 72 days.
And Winslet’s divorces were fairly amicable compared to the messy one between actress Denise Richards and professional hot mess Charlie Sheen, with the latter claiming that his ex-wife wanted a sperm donation from him as part of the settlement. (Richards denied the accusation.)
Although high-profile celebrity divorces provide fodder for gossip rags, most divorces in the United States go without that kind of attention. It’s a good thing, too, since on average, one divorce occurs every 36 seconds in the U.S.
Winslet also spoke out in the interview against the idea that women can lose baby weight within a matter of weeks, as many celebrities appear to do.
Above all, the actress said that she is happy about her body and knows it won’t even return to its pre-baby stage — and she’s okay with that and wants other women to know that it’s all right, too.
“What is so gorgeous about being the age I am is that all the ridiculous angst I might once have felt about having a bit of cellulite, or being a bit puffy in the face, or whatever, has evaporated,” she said. “I simply can’t believe I ever spent any time wasting my life on that nonsense.”