FISHBOWLNY & Diane Clehane Interview PIX11 Anchor Tamsen Fadal


As if we needed the recent bumper crop of celebrity divorce announcements to remind us, getting married is (relatively) easy, —and the aftermath of an unsuccessful union can be downright disastrous. I had no idea when I made a date for lunch at Michael’s this week with WPIX evening news anchor Tamsen Fadal how timely our talk would be.

It’s hard to picture the devastation Tamsen felt when the painful details of her divorce from her husband and then-business partner Matt Titus were splashed cross Page Six in May 2012. In her new book, The New Single: Finding, Fixing and Falling Back in Love with Yourself After a Break-up or Divorce (St. Martin’s Press), she recalls a particularly painful night spent standing in a corner “bawling my eyes out” during breaks while acting as a master of ceremonies at a star-studded event in the city, when more lurid details of the couple’s breakup were about to be made public. She told me only a few of her closest friends knew what she was going through, while others only knew something was wrong because she was rapidly losing weight from the stress.

“My colleagues (in the newsroom) thought I was upset because we were trying to have a baby. Boy, were they wrong.” Between bites of her mushroom pizza, she told me that after the split, “There were many nights when I went home, ordered a pizza, curled up on the couch with my dog and cried.”