Why Can’t Celebrities Just Admit Why They’re Getting Divorced?

Because they’re sick to death of each other.

Bev Potter
2 min readSep 19, 2023
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness (DANIELE VENTURELLI/WIREIMAGE Fair Use)

I’ve always thought it’s a little unfair that Gwyneth Paltrow is going to be mocked for the rest of eternity for calling her divorce from Chris Martin a “conscious uncoupling.”

Gwyneth didn’t even invent “conscious uncoupling”, which is news to me. But it’s a phrase that’s very on-brand for her, and it could be worse. I’m not sure how, but give it time. Somebody will come up with something.

Hugh Jackman and his wife, Mrs. Hugh Jackman, have also decided to call it quits. Their love allegedly “turned into friendship” during lockdown, which is odd because most people’s love turned into seething hatred while they were penned in with the families they could usually escape from at regular intervals, thus perpetuating civilization as we knew it.

And isn’t “friendship” already a subset of “love”? That’s an honest question because I have no idea. When I try to diagram “friendship” and “love” in my head, I just see a blank page.

I don’t suppose Jackman’s divorce has anything to do with the fact that he’s 54 and Deborra-Lee Furness is 67.

He’s at the perfect age to bail from his marriage and start a new life with a 25-year-old Victoria’s Secret…



Bev Potter

Legal secretary by day, insomniac by night. Ally. BA, MA. Humor, pop culture, and things that make you think. My weekly-ish newsletter is bevpotter.substack.com