Sharon Osbourne’s Split With Ozzy Is Typical Late-Life Divorce
“I can’t keep living like this.”
In those six words, Sharon Osbourne explained to The Talk audience her reason for splitting with husband Ozzy after 33 years of marriage.
It’s the same six words Toronto divorce coach Deborah Moskovitch hears from many women leaving long-term marriages.
“What happens is we’re living longer,” explains Moskovitch. “Look at Sharon Osbourne. She’s 63, she looks pretty phenomenal, she’s got a good 30 years ahead of her. She looks at Ozzy and says, ‘Am I going to spend the next 30 years with him, knowing he’s not going to be faithful?'”
Sharon Osbourne told the audience, “I’m getting to the last chapter of my life. I really want to think carefully about where I want to go…”
Moskovitch thinks Osbourne is going to look for someone she can spend the rest of her life with as a true partner.
“I see many couples like that,” says the 57-year-old divorce coach, who divorced at the age 37 and is now living with a partner.
Kids often serve as a diversion in the earlier part of the marriage, she explains. But after they leave, the couple realizes they’ve grown apart or even how miserable one makes the other.
Or maybe the marriage holds together all those years until the kids are out of the house because the parent who wants the divorce doesn’t want the kids to suffer and to “wonder where they’re going to be every weekend.”
Women, she says, usually initiate late-life divorce.