Sharon Horgan: Divorce can be a really helpful and productive thing

Sharon Horgan says divorce can be “a really helpful and productive thing” and that shame shouldn’t be tied to relationship failure.

The award-winning actress and writer, best known for the comedies Tug of War and Disaster, says leaving relationships can sometimes be “a really positive thing” and opens up new life opportunities.

Horgan, 52, is also the creator of the HBO comedy-drama Divorce, which stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church.

Speaking to The Big Issue about her own relationships, she said, “I like to tell my younger self that sometimes moving into a relationship is a really positive thing.

“It could mean that your life suddenly opens up and feels more in line with your personality.

“I feel like, especially if you come from a religious background – I was raised Catholic – divorce is a dirty word. But it shouldn’t.

“Divorce can be a really helpful, convenient, and life-changing thing. There’s a lot of shame attached to the failure of a relationship, and that shouldn’t happen.”

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The actress and writer says leaving relationships can sometimes be ‘a really positive thing’ and open up new life opportunities (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Horgan was married to businessman Jeremy Rainbird until they split in 2019.

The actress also featured in the recent Apple TV+ series Bad Sisters, alongside Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, and actor Dracula Claes Bang.

The full interview with Horgan can be read in the current edition of The Big Issue.

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