In April, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson issued a brief statement
about his plans for divorce through his football team. Wilson stated simply
that his decision to divorce his wife of two years was difficult and requested
"prayers, understanding, and privacy" from his fans.
Wilson's divorce, like any other divorce, is a personal matter, but
that didn't stop fans and media from continually talking about the
split and speculating the reasons behind it. Because Wilson has established
an image of a level-headed athlete with family and Christian values, many
media sources and fans were shocked. Social media posts made by Wilson
leading up to the divorce announcement still made it seem as though he
and his wife were on good terms. As Wilson didn't state a reason for
the divorce, however, many began to gossip and share their suspicions,
which ranged from money issues to infidelity.
These elements, combined with Wilson's superstar status, made his divorce
saga one of the most widely read stories in print, television, and on
the internet. One reporter from
The Seattle Times even wrote an article stating how uncomfortable it was to write on someone
else's personal affairs. Still, because Wilson was such a large star
– especially in Seattle – people wanted to read about it.
The divorce was newsworthy.
It is interesting to note just how much coverage celebrity divorces attract.
Type in the word "divorce" on an internet search and you're
likely to see numerous stories about celebrities and high profile people
dissolving their marriages. What's important to remember, however,
is that these media blurbs are also personal stories; stories that prove
these stars are human just like everyone else. Wilson values his privacy
and has remained largely silent about the divorce. The media and fans,
on the other hand, keep going.
At McKinley Irvin, our Washington divorce attorneys understand the importance
of privacy in all cases, not just high profile divorces. Our legal team
always focuses on keeping matters with our clients confidential, and to
help them through these tough times. If you have questions about divorce
and would like to request a consultation,
contact us today.