Mayim Bialik Announces Divorce, But Not Due To The Children In Her Bed

Mayim Bialik is divorcing her husband of 9 years, and The Big Bang Theory star says it has nothing to do with attachment parenting. The thirty-six-year old actor announced on her website that her marriage to Michael Stone was over. It’s very sad news for the couple, but I’m not sure why she feels the need to defend attachment parenting in her statement. Just because Mayim Bialik is divorcing, I don’t think most people would jump to the conclusion it’s because the couple co-sleeps with their children or that Mayim practiced prolonged nursing.

According to the Daily Mail:

In a statement on her website, Mayim said: ‘Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children.

‘It is not something we have decided lightly.

‘The hands-on style of parenting we practice played no role in the changes that led to this decision; relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose.

‘The main priority for us now is to make the transition to two loving homes as smooth and painless as possible.

She continues: ‘Our sons deserve parents committed to their growth and health and that’s what we are focusing on.

‘Our privacy has always been important and is even more so now, and we thank you in advance for respecting it as we negotiate this new terrain.

She concluded: ‘We will be ok.’

If anything, I would think that a couple so focused on their children would also be a couple who tried everything they could think of to make their marriage work. But then again, marriages in Hollywood that involve famous people don’t really follow the typical rules that most marriages follow. I hope they are able to work out a custody agreement that makes their children feel as important and loved as their parenting style probably has.



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  • Katia

    Yeah its a bit defensive
    Maybe for publicity purposes?! Stirring the pot for book sales?

    • Raptor Jesus

      This is easy. She’s on a big hit show, lots of money. Husband gets shoved out the airlock. When women don’t need men for money they don’t need them.

    • Bran Chesterton

      yeah that’s why im a lesbian, it’s these fat stacks of cash i’m scrooge mcduck-style diving into every night.

  • CW

    There are a lot of critics who bash AP for putting the kids before the parents (especially when it comes to co-sleeping). So I can totally understand why she felt the need to proactively deal with the inevitable “I told you so’s” from AP critics.

  • Justme

    Even though practicing AP might not have contributed to the decision to divorce, she does sound a bit defensive.

  • Ty-Leigh

    “I don’t think most people would jump to the conclusion it’s because the couple co-sleeps with their children or that Mayim practiced prolonged nursing.”
    Umm, I’ll admit, it WAS the first thing I thought of. Maybe because I’ve always had the feeling that she tries to make AP seem so perfect and free of issues. A small and mean part inside me snickered, just a little.

    • drakejr

      It’s not because of those things. It’s because of the personality that leads to those things.

  • Guin

    She probably sounds defensive because when you co-sleep you hear it all the time. I had to disappoint my friends and family when my husband and I stayed together despite co-sleeping.

  • Aussieange

    She’s openly admitted they hadn’t had a date night in 7 years because they wouldn’t leave the kids… If only they’d put that sort of dedication into their relationship with each other maybe things would have been different.

    • Ben Nevis

      Those poor kids have no chance in life….shame.

  • Yves

    I think she’s a total nut for her AP crap. But the end of a relationship, especially a marriage, is sad no matter what and I do feel bad for her. Even if part of it is because of her crazy parenting style.

  • teapartydoc

    If systems of living worked we would have worked out an infallible one by now.

    • WJ

      Nah, because different systems would apply to different people, and differently to each partner in a marriage.

      But shhh, that assumes that genetics matters, which certain obstinate people choose to deny.

  • Bill Gryan

    My colleague from India once asked me why Americans don’t sleep in the same bed as their children. He said Indian couples sleep with their kids until about age 12. He also had a room in his house for his parents. His whole living space was about 1000 square feet. He’s got 3 kids now, and he’s still happily married, a family of 7 in the same house.

    I think many of those who find it “weird” are just close-minded hipsters who haven’t really experienced other cultures, and read somewhere that AP was bad.

    If you think about it, I bet the majority of families in the world practice AP, out of necessity. Pioneer families of the old American west all slept in the same room (their houses had only one room!).

    As far as I’m concerned, American culture is “broken”, for lack of a better term, and sometimes I believe it’s because we’ve lost our concept of family. We chose independence and selfishness, because we had the means to afford them, and we pass those “values” on to our children.

  • Mom2Es

    I would not have jumped to that conclusion except for the fact that she brought it up. And then I admit I wondered. My original knee-jerk reaction was to speculate religious/cultural issues (isn’t her husband a convert from Mormonism?). At any rate, it’s so sad to see people using this to bash those who use traditional parenting methods in modern times. I follow a lot of the same practices that Mayim does (although not all of them and probably not as “extreme” and I’ll leave it at that because this isn’t about me), but it is not a stressor on my marriage. I also have mentors with full-grown children and very strong marriages who implemented the AP style of parenting. This isn’t a referendum on her parenting style; this is about one or more adults who are too self-centered to be able to figure out how to uphold a covenant they made with each other (for whatever the underlying reason).

  • Claude Hopper

    In spite of all your help, your kids turn out fine.

  • Michel Ouellette

    These kids are going to be basket cases. River Pheonix redux. This really is a form of child abuse.

  • johndavidstutts

    NBC gonna do a special Blossom on this

  • AnotherProf

    If she really wanted to care for her children, she would have devoted time to keeping the marriage healthy.

  • Dick Beninya

    doth protest too much, Blossom.

  • Peter Ingemi

    What doesn’t make sense to me is this:

    If you are practicing an “interesting” method of parenthood and are so child-focused then why not stay together?

    After even if parents are less happy the children are more happy and better adjusted when their parents are together than if they are apart.

    Unless of course the “interesting” parenting method was really more about them.

    Either way, wish them and the kids luck.

  • Rich Vail

    Yet another Hollywood nut, who’s 15 min of fame has lasted way too damn long. We, as a nation pay for more attention to “celebrities” than we should. We often give these idiots a microphone to promote their nutty ideas, all out of proportion to their importance to society.

  • TRO

    Of course it had something – maybe everything – to do with it. Even if you put aside the weird factor, and it is weird, just putting every ounce of attention into the children with little to none left over for the marriage and it is doomed to fail. Then add in the Hollywood factor and it’s a miracle it lasted as long as it did.

  • ChurchSox

    Mayim who?

  • orbicularioculi

    Another jackass, juvenile response to the responsibilities of parenting and marriage. I simply don’t care about these dysfunctional rich “losers” screwing up their children.

    They are idiots with more money than they know what to do with.

  • surprised

    This is ridiculous. Look at the comments, it looks like most people are jumping to conclusions. it’s not something that I thought would happen either, since over half of marriages end in divorce. Yes, even cookie cutter, “don’t hold the baby, you’ll spoil it” couples get divorced.

  • Stina Wargo Kolling

    I remember when she was on “What Not to Wear” (look, you can be eccentric AND pretty!) and her husband refused to appear on the show, even at the very end where there’s the big reveal and the big party and all the friends & family are applauding and saying how much more confidant the person looks. Thought it was odd, that he didn’t want to contribute.

    • Justme

      Maybe it was a sign that she is much more into everything being about HER….

  • HoobertHerver

    She has a PhD in Neuroscience, the program James Holmes flunked out of! I’ll bet JAMES HOLMES HATES MAYIM BIALICK!!! Heh heh heh heh heh heh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!