Despite her soon-to-be ex husband gallivanting all over tarnation with one cheeky woman after the next, a teary-eyed Kate Gosselin explained to Today Show host Meredith Viera this morning that she still wears her diamond wedding ring – for her 8 children.
“I don’t want to upset them. I don’t want to shock them. I’ve walked slowly through this with them. As they’ve asked questions, I’ve answered them.”
Gosselin said her kids know that the ring is her “married to daddy ring.”
“When the time is right, I’ll take it off,” she said.
Which begs the question: When is the right time to put away the diamond ring when the relationship it represents goes south?
Many women can’t wait to get the constant reminder of unhappiness off their ring fingers and throw the diamond in a drawer or take it straight to the pawnshop (see The Bachelorette/Bachelor series for more).
But then there are others, like Kate, who need a bit more time to get used to the idea of saying good-bye to something that has been with you for years – sometimes decades.
Do any of you have wedding ring retirement stories you’d like to share? Like most affairs of the heart, there is no right and wrong – just what feels good to you, I suppose. But my gut tells me that the sooner Kate can let go of that ring, the sooner she can move on and make her own life happy again.
Merideth Vieira opened her mouth and inserted her proverbial foot this morning by inadvertently referencing co-anchor Matt Lauer’s rocky love life on the air.
Vieira and Lauer were discussing a new report about marriage that outlines the ‘right’ time in a person’s life to take that walk down the aisle. Vieira mentioned that she married in her 30s, then asked Lauer when he took the plunge. Since Lauer’s first marriage to TV producer, Nancy Alspaugh, ended in divorce after seven years, and his rocky second marriage to Annette Rogue has been the source of tabloid fodder for years, Matt was obviously not eager to dwell on the subject.
But dwell on it Merideth did. While Lauer tried to move on, a red-faced Vieira wouldn’t drop the misstep and kept apologizing while the camera guys snickered in the background.
The second Mrs. Lauer served him with divorce papers in 2006 but withdrew them a month later. But that sneaky Star Magazine noticed the leggy model without her wedding ring this spring, stirring up the split rumor mill yet again.
Yet the troubled twosome is still hanging in there, so we’re guessing the wedding bling is back where it belongs.
Click here if you’re up to watching the cringe-worthy footage. In the meantime, Matt and Merideth just have to make nice and live happily ever after. I’m still dealing with my Katie Couric abandonment issues…