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Jill Brooke

Over a ten-year period, while a pop culture and business correspondent on CNN's "Showbiz Today" and "Your Money," Ms. Brooke got divorced, happily remarried and thrust into the world of step-parenting. As a result, she started reporting on divorce and blended families and became an expert in this field. Her contributions to The New York Times have included, "Honey, I'll Marry You But No Kids," Living Apart Together (LAT) Relationships," and "Revenge Decor." She has also written for New York Magazine, AdWeek, Harpers Bazaar, Chicago Tribune, Metropolitan Home, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal. Earlier in her career, Ms. Brooke worked at ABC's "Nightline" and as an entertainment columnist for the New York Post. While at the Post, she revamped Hampton's Magazine and later became the Editor in Chief of Travel Savvy, Avenue, and Show Circuit Magazine. She has also been a contributor to CBS' "Early Show" where she did several series on divorce, and is the author of the bestselling book, "Don't Let Death Ruin Your Life", which was featured on "Oprah". She has been writing for the web since 1998 when CNN started their Internet division. Mr. Brooke is a certified Stepfamily Foundation coach, and is currently finishing her second book, "The Wacky World of Divorce".

Jill Brooke

Most Recent Articles

Pink and Carey Hart Have Reconciled

Friday, 19 November 2010 09:04
Pink and Carey Hart certainly have something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. The spunky spiky-haired couple who separated in 2008 are now back together and recently announced that Pink, the singer of such hits as "Please Don't Leave Me," is…
Al and Tipper Gore’s surprise separation announcement has exposed “An Inconvenient Truth.”  In today’s environment, it’s very hard to keep a marriage together for a lifetime.There doesn’t seem to be much support…

New Book Urges Wannabe Brides to Settle

Monday, 08 February 2010 20:47
In an ironic twist, Jenny Sanford and Lori Gottlieb are hitting the bookstores at the same time. In Marry Him - The Case For Mr. Good Enough, Gottlieb says women should be less picky and settle, and now Sanford will be on the same talk shows…
Rarely when fathers seek full custody of a child are the facts so stacked against the mother as in the case between "Monster Garage" star Jesse James and his ex-wife, porn star Janine Lindemulder. The couple are battling in court for custody of…
Christie Brinkley’s children have the unique distinction of having both the worst and best stepfather in America. Peter Cook got gonged as a bad stepfather for using his stepson Jack’s computer to look at porn and according to…
There is something poignant and symbolic that Robyn Gibson, the loyal, dutiful wife of actor Mel Gibson, chose Easter weekend to file divorce papers after 28 years of marriage. With Easter representing resurrection, maybe this is a new beginning for …

What Rihanna Could Learn From Tina Turner

Thursday, 12 March 2009 10:56
Rihanna needs to have a talk with Tina Turner.A generation ago, Turner left her abusive husband, Ike Turner, and not only survived, but thrived. Indeed, in songs such as “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”, Turner was able to carve out a …
Rihanna may be back with Chris Brown, but that doesn't mean the police are going to back off in charging him with two felonies for roughing up his girlfriend on Grammy night. Although Brown issued a statement saying he was sorry and saddened by the…

Why Rihanna Reconciled With Chris Brown

Wednesday, 04 March 2009 11:42
After being allegedly beat up, Rihanna isn't invoking Aretha Franklin's lyric "You're Not Welcome Anymore" to Chris Brown, which is upsetting but not surprising.After Brown left Rihanna so bruised that she couldn't perform on February 8th for the…

Former Fianc‚e: Kidney Divorce Doctor Beat Me

Thursday, 12 February 2009 10:58
This is a divorce case that would give anyone kidney stones. Remember Dr. Richard Batista, who infamously claimed in January that the kidney he donated to his soon-to-be ex-wife Dawnell in 2001 should be considered marital property at a $1.5 million …

Man Who Lost Millions to Madoff Sues Ex-Wife

Friday, 06 February 2009 10:34
Some divorced husbands complain that their wives made-off with their money, but now a man is simply blaming Madoff.  Yes, Bernie Made-off with Everyone's Money is the reason that Steven Simkin is asking that his divorce settlement be…

Massachusetts Gay Marriage Pioneers to Divorce

Wednesday, 04 February 2009 15:53
The lesbian couple who led the fight for gay marriage in Massachusetts in 2004 obviously took some of their fighting spirit into the marital home. Julie and Hilary Goodridge have now filed for divorce. The unpairing isn't a complete surprise since…
Ellen Barkin is showing women how divorce can be mined for hilarious and profitable material. The star of "Sea of Love," who traveled through turbulent waters in her high-profile divorce from billionaire businessman Ron Perelman...
Marital homes are not only assets but increasingly sources of dueling divorce battles. And here's a doozy that was reported in People. Debbie Matenopoulos's estranged husband says their marital house is now only worth $4.3 million and not $8…
Hell hath no fury like a husband scorned — even if it's on Facebook. Last year, a British man murdered his wife after she listed her status as single on the popular social network. According to AP, now Edward Richardson will spend the next…
"Bad mother!" "Adulterer!" Those are likely to be the arguments when, and if, Christie Brinkley’s divorce action against Peter Cook, her fourth husband, hits the Suffolk County courts on July 2. It all started two years ago when Brinkley had…
It was, as The Chicago Sun Times said, “A funny man and an ugly divorce.” And now it’s also been a fast divorce, after 10 years of marriage and four sons. Barely a month after Jennifer Butler Murray filed for divorce in South ...

Madonna Lawyering Up

Saturday, 28 June 2008 02:06
She Is! She Isn’t! She is? She is! It seems that Madonna is getting divorced after all, or at least she has seen a highly placed divorce lawyer in London. Her press person keeps repeating that Madonna and her husband, the movie director Guy…
You gotta love your kids more than you hate your ex... or even dislike your ex. Which is why Madonna is showing that she is a real Madonna — a.k.a. motherlike figure — in listening to daughter Lourdes's request to be nice to her…

Sheen and Richards: A Bitter Battle

Tuesday, 22 July 2008 09:38
Here's a divorce lab experiment that doesn't work. Mix two celebs with big egos for a toxic brew of parenting no-nos. There was just another court appearance in Los Angeles in the battle between "Two and a Half Men" actor Charlie Sheen and his …
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