When Reese Witherspoon and her first husband Ryan Phillippe divorced, she had to hand over control of the narrative.
It was 2007 and tabloid culture was king. There was no Instagram or Twitter to share your thoughts and feelings in your own words and on your own terms.
Instead, Witherspoon watched on as tabloids speculated on every little detail — from cheating rumours to fame pressures to custody details — with no real pushback.
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Now, four months from Witherspoon and her second husband Jim Toth's joint statement announcing their separation, she has spoken about how different it feels this time around.
"When I was divorced before, the tabloid media got to tell people how I was feeling or how I was processing, and it felt very out of control," she told Harper's Bazaar in a new profile interview.
"To be able to talk to people directly about what's going on in my life and just share it in the way that I share great professional experiences or personal experiences, it feels much more authentic to be able to say things in my own voice and not let somebody else control what's happening."