Series 1 roundup

Join host Samantha Baines as she shares her thoughts and experiences of recording series 1 of The Divorce Club and reads out some of your stories and experiences of divorce. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to say they have enjoyed the podcast. We will be back soon with series 2!

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Trigger warning:


Premature birth

Loss of child


Sam  00:13

Hello, you are listening to the final episode of series one of The Divorce Club. Thank you so much. If you stuck with me throughout the series or you just discovered us and you've binged I really appreciate you listening. This podcast is created by me. I have a lovely editor who works with me. But other than that, I do it all myself, which is a bit tiring sometimes and feels a bit relentless. So I absolutely love it when I get messages from you lovely people who listen and I can hear that it's actually helping some people and doing some good so I thought a lovely way to round off the series would be to share a few of my thoughts and things that I've learned over the last 10 episodes and read out some of your messages as well. So I'll start with one that I got via email. It says hi, Samantha. I'm a 26 year old divorcee that was so painful to write. I was with my ex husband for six years. However, the marriage broke down just seven months after getting married. We got engaged after three weeks, but I was determined to have a long engagement because marriage just wasn't my thing. I was never that girl that dreamed of a big white wedding. Five years later, after a family bereavement and lots of pressure from everyone to finally book something I caved in and did it only for him to start an affair with someone else soon after getting married. Weirdly, we're very amicable I never did the crazy thing of burning his clothes, or slating him on social media. I just held my head high and walked away. I've now been with my current boyfriend for over a year. And I've just realised how much was wrong with my previous relationship which is making me feel like even more of an idiot for allowing it to happen. One thing I'm nervous about is his family, don't know I was married. I don't know how or if I should bring it up.  Well, thank you so much for that. I don't know if I can answer that question. Or if I should, I don't think I'm the divorce guru. But I do think that honesty is always the best policy. And hopefully people won't judge you for being divorced. And if they do, send them to me and get them to listen to this podcast, so thank you so much for your email.  I've got an Instagram message, saying this literally gave me life: the podcast. While I started packing up my stuff to leave the matrimonial home laughing out loud. Thank you. This is the only podcast on this subject that made me feel human and not like a huge fuckup also 32 and feeling so old, like all the hot guys and now take in. So love that you keep saying I'm still young. I'm like, hell yeah, I was still young. Thank you very much. I do feel young. I think the more you say it, the more you feel. Yeah, age is only a number.  Another Instagram message. I love this one. I think a lot of you listened to the Sarah Millican episode. And obviously Sarah is brilliant. And I also want to say that, you know, some of her words were taken out of context in the press. And obviously, I don't condone those articles. They didn't contact me before they wrote them. And please listen to the podcast for the context of what she said, because it's not like it's written in the articles, but in her episode, she gave the advice to change your exes number on your phone. So every time they message you, it won't be like a horrible thing. Or, you know, I used to have a nickname that I...

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