Emily Ratajkowski wants people to know divorce is 'cool'

"It’s such a taboo and there’s such stigma around it."

Model Emily Ratajkowski has spoken candidly about her divorce from ex-husband Sebastian Bear-McClard after their marriage broke up after four years.

The former couple share one son, Sylvester Apollo Bear, born in 2021 and ended their marriage in 2022 after rumours swirled that Sebastian had been unfaithful.

Now Emily has opened up to Vogue Australia, saying she refuses to see divorce as a failure and said there's no danger in 'glamourising' divorce.

The model talked about how modern society needs to reframe thinking about separations and divorces.

“When you think about the weight of the taboo of divorce, to say, ‘No, it’s not bad — actually, maybe it’s cool,’” she said.

 Emily Ratajkowski. Photo: Getty
Emily Ratajkowski. Photo: Getty

Emily got candid about modern-day marriage in general, citing societal changes as a big reason why many women may be getting divorced younger.


"It’s such a taboo and there’s such stigma around it. But ultimately, our world has changed so much because women are making, if not the same amount of pay, more money than their partners," she said.

"And then also carrying the burden of the emotional and physical responsibilities, the labour at home. Marriage isn’t always as fair of a deal as it used to be, or at least how it was supposed to be. I’m not sure if it was ever a fair deal, so it shouldn’t be shameful for them to walk away from that s***ty deal."

Emily said there is no actual danger in glamourising divorce, because children often "suffer" in unhappy marriages.


"I can say that my son has never witnessed me get angry or be in a fight with anybody that I love. I would love to choose a person or have a partner who I don’t fight with at all. But that’s not always the case, and you don’t always find that out until after you’ve brought somebody else into the world," she said.

A year ago the model uploaded a now-viral TikTok saying it was "chic" to be divorced by age 30.

"Being in your 20s is the trenches, there is nothing better than being in your 30s, still being hot, maybe having a little bit of your own money, figuring out what you want to do with your life, and having tried that married fantasy and realising that maybe it's not all it's cracked up to be," she said in the video.

"And then, you've got your whole life still ahead of you."

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