Celebrity couple Jaime Teo and Daniel Ong divorce after 9 years of marriage

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Yet another celebrity couple have announced their decision to go separate ways. Jaime Teo and Daniel Ong have split, after 9 years of marriage...

2016 was a rather sad year for celebrity marriages and at the very end of the year, on Dec 31, came yet another shock announcement. Former Miss Singapore Universe and actress, Jaime Teo, and ex-radio DJ Daniel Ong, revealed their decision to separate, ending 9 years of marriage.

They have a six-year-old daughter, Renee.

The couple are business partners too, having founded Twelve Cupcakes together in 2011, a chain which has since then expanded to 40 outlets across six countries.

Both released similar statements

According to The Straits Times, both made the announcement public on their respective Instagram accounts, releasing almost identical statements. They revealed that they have in fact been divorced since August 2016.

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Both emphasised that, "Though our journey as a couple has ended, we will always remain friends and our focus is now on giving Renee as normal a childhood as possible."

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They further requested for words of support and encouragement, "We ask for your kindness, prayers, and love as we walk into 2017 - if you have something to say, please let it be out of love and words of encouragement. This has been a heartbreaking and a very tough time but we look forward to a brand new 2017 and future."

We hope 2017 brings more positivity and cheer to their lives.

When parents decide to go their separate ways, it is children who usually get caught at the crossroads. What can parents do to ensure that their decision to lead separate lives does not impact their kids negatively? Go to the next page to find out...

Co-parenting tips for divorced parents

Talking to your ex, and making shared, mindful decisions together, might be unimaginable for many divorced parents. However, effective co-parenting can bring back a lot of stability and calm into your children’s lives. Here are a few pointers :

  • Let your past remain in the past : Your children come first. Leave the negativity behind and learn from the lessons of the past. It’s normal to feel angry, but don’t let your anger dictate your actions. Use your children as motivating factors to work co-operatively with the other parent.
  • Focus on Communication : Think of your relationship with your ex as a business, where the business refers to your child’s well being. Your child should be at the focal point of all conversations. Be formal and polite. Weigh your words before you speak. Listen to understand, never to judge. Hard as it may seem, try not to overreact.
  • Your problems are your own : Avoid criticising your ex in front of the kids. It makes them feel insecure, like they have to choose between the two of you.

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  • Don’t pass messages through your children : You don’t need your child to tell something for you. It puts them directly in war zone. Keep your child out of your relationship issues. All forms of communication must be directly between the parents.
  • It’s never too late to say sorry : Apologising for something always dilutes negativity. You may even start to view your ex as less of an enemy.
  • Medical needs : Keep one another in the loop when it comes to the kids’ medical conditions and doctors’ appointments.
  • Education : Both parents deserve to know about their kids’ progress in school, and their extra curricular activities. Make sure that your ex is also invited for your child’s Annual Day or Sports Day. Avoid making it look awkward for your kids.
  • Draft that will : Get the help of a lawyer and draft your will. Your last will and testament is a document that designates what happens with your property and who gets to look your children after you are gone. It also names the person (executor) who carries out your wishes after you die.

(Source : The Straits Times)

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