For most people, divorce isn't exactly a reason to throw a party. Yet divorce attorneys in Pasadena have seen an increase in the "divorce party" trend over the last several months. The divorce party is quickly becoming a way for couples who part ways in a friendly manner to celebrate their relationship with family and friends. Super hip rock star Jack White of the White Stripes and his ex-wife, model and singer Karen Elson, are the latest high-profile couple to say goodbye to married life with celebration.
When White met Elson on set of a music video for his band's song "Blue Orchid," it was reportedly love at first sight. The couple married in Brazil in 2005 and later had two children together - a daughter, Scarlet, age 5, and a son, Henry, age 6. After several high-profile relationships, including an affair with actress Renee Zellweger, it appeared that White had finally found his happy ending with Elson.
So music fans were shocked when the couple announced in typical nontraditional fashion that they were getting divorced. The pair sent out invitations asking guests to celebrate their 6th anniversary and upcoming divorce with a positive swing bang hum dinger at a party in Nashville. White and Elson want guests to re-affirm their friendship and celebrate the past and future with close friends and family. The invite stated the party promises to include "dancing, photos, memories and drinks with alcohol in them." To keep unwanted guests out, however, it also warns "this is only for close personal friends and family. So please no plus ones or dead beats."
In addition to the invitation, White and Elson released an official statement regarding their divorce.
"We remain dear and trusted friends and co-parents to our wonderful children Scarlett and Henry Lee," the announcement said. "We feel so fortunate for the time we have shared and the time we will continue to spend both separately and together watching our children grow."