Parents worried about the lasting impact of divorce on their children can take solace from Georgina Bloomberg. The equestrian daughter of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Georgina says that her parents’ divorce was “the best thing that ever happened.” She was 9 years old when her mother, Susan, and father divorced after 17 years of marriage. That was 1993.
The Bloombergs had just moved into a townhouse on East 79th Street when her parents sat her and her sister, Emma, down and told them they were divorcing.
“I went from having parents who didn't get along and never wanted to be around each other to having parents who are friends,” she told The Post’s Page Six Magazine. In fact, her parents loved she and her sister enough to minimize hostilities and work on an amicable relationship.
It was so amicable that they continued living together in the town house for a year after the split.
At that time, Susan Bloomberg started dating real estate mogul Richard Chapman; then Georgina, her mother, and her sister moved into Chapman's home on East 67th Street. When Susan and Richard broke up, in 1996, she and her daughters moved back in with Mike Bloomberg, who was not yet Mayor of New York City.
“My mom's boyfriends would come and pick her up, but it seemed normal," Georgina added.
Luckily Bloomberg's success as a businessman provided a lot of space in the house. But under any circumstances, this was a divorce where the couple realized that they were bonded forever because of the kids. They could find ways to like each other based on what initially attracted them to each other, and most importantly their mutual love for their children.
Even now that Michael Bloomberg is dating Diana Taylor, they often get together with Susan, now single, for family functions.
While her parents still get along, Georgina is not as close to Emma, who is older and now works at the Robin Hood Foundation, an antipoverty charity. “I wasn't close with my sister growing up,” Georgina says. “She worked hard and was good in school. She couldn't understand how my parents could still love me when I was getting D's. We've become more accepting of each other now, but we don't see each other that often.”
Since Georgina is a star equestrian currently training for the 2012 Olympics, the two are less competitive today, and more accepting of each other. And like the best of families, they get together for the holidays and learn the importance of acceptance as well as love.