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R. Kelly Divorced His Wife Because of ‘The Notebook’

Music

R. Kelly Divorced His Wife Because of ‘The Notebook’

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A lot of tears were shed to The Notebook, but at least one marriage collapsed due to Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams’ epic tale of love lost and regained. In his new memoir, R. Kelly reveals that the movie convinced him his marriage was on the rocks, and that he should file for divorce. In his own words, “as the film credits started to roll, I couldn’t move. I burst into tears. People walking past me patted me on the back, trying to console me. The Notebook was beautiful, and I was crying because its hero and heroine had died together. But I was also crying because I remembered a Valentine’s Day—when a helicopter dropped a rainfall of roses—that had come and gone … My marriage had died. And there was nothing I could do to bring it back.” The Notebook came out in 2004 but Kelly didn’t get divorced until 2009, which means he had an awesomely awkward five-year period to meditate on the pointlessness of his love. Maybe that’s what Trapped in the Closet was: a coping mechanism?