If you ask me, Jeremy Paxman has done Elizabeth Clough, the mother of his children and partner of 35 years, a massive favour by leaving her.
When you are married to or living with a famous man, you live in his shadow completely. It’s all about him, even more so than it is with any other man. Giles isn’t famous like Jeremy Paxman, but he’s well-known enough for me to know what that means.
It’s not horrible! It’s not a bad place to be; there’s live entertainment and the drinks are free… but one day, you might have to give your table back, that’s all.
And then what? Sure, it’s not ideal, it’s not what you dream of. But…it does give you an opportunity to construct for yourself a life out of that shadow. I’m sure it doesn’t feel like that right now to Elizabeth Clough, but that is what it is.
I was watching last night as it happens on just this subject: an absolutely terrific movie called The Meddler. Susan Sarandon has to build a new existence for herself after her husband dies. She moves from New York to LA to be closer to her daughter and starts again, mostly by meddling in everyone’s lives, to completely positive ends. This cheers me up hugely of course as I am the world’s biggest meddler and doler-out of unsolicited advice.
I laughed my head off throughout, it’s such a sweet film, nothing awful happens and J.K. Simmons is in it. I recommend you seek it out as it’s not a massive action film so you might otherwise miss it.
Brilliant! I was scratching around for something I could watch tonight and this sounds perfect. Thanks!
Maggie McGarvey says
Here here think Paxman did her a favour I mean who wants to be shackled to a man who does not love you I think Elizabeth Clough should regard it as a lucky escape in the long run. I think she should pour herself a large red and listen repeatedly to Beyoncé’s Lemonade song ‘Sorry’ and ‘Hold up’ which is cathartic for those poor loves that have endured cheating which thank the Lord does not include me…
What a great way of looking at it. Love your posts.
I saw this was on and thanks for your review. It’s on all week with Sky so will record. Thanks for your great posts and yesterday’s about the beach coverups… so true!!!!
enjoy it! I loved every second and laughed my head off x
Hi Esther just wanted to say I’ve just finished watching ‘The Meddler’ and I absolutely loved it…. so funny and moving. I am Susan Sarandon.! JK Simmonds is gorgeous…. thank you so much for the recommendation…..
isn’t it HEAVEN xxx
Just watched on your recommendation. Loved it thank you! “My daughter just shot a pilot” to airline security – hilarious. And a lovely warm ending. Perfect.