Debra Messing on Her Divorce: I Will Always Contend With Guilt


Debra Messing opened up about her feelings of remorse and guilt over the end of her marriage in the June issue of More magazine.

The 44-year-old “Smash” actress split from husband Daniel Zelman after a decade of marriage in December 2011.

“We both wanted it to last forever, and it’s a sad thing that it wasn’t able to go the course,” she said.

Messing revealed that the couple did all they could to stay together but ultimately weren’t able to keep the relationship intact. They also struggled with distance – as the two worked on opposite coasts for three years.

“We really tried,” she says. “We made sacrifices and compromises, and in the end we both realized that we like the day-to-day domestic life.”

At this point, she says the pair are focused on raising their 9-year-old son Roman. 

“Part of me will always contend with guilt that I wasn’t able to give my son the fantasy that my parents were able to give me,” Messing shared.

But she went on to add, “Now we are co-parenting beautifully … We had Thanksgiving together. In my mind, we will be a nuclear family forever.”



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