The YouTube Divorce

The YouTube Divorce

Would you air all your dirty laundry on YouTube?

And you thought your ex was crazy.

New York magazine has a story this week about the YouTube divorcee, one Tricia Walsh-Smith, who took out her anger at her septuagenarian ex in the most modern of ways. This spurned wife is protesting his impending eviction of her from their Park Avenue apartment by howling on videos that the magazine says 4 million people have been watching.

Tricia plays out her grievances -- who gets the Park Avenue apartment, who gets the house in Florida, who controls the half-a-million per year she's entitled to in her prenup -- in several videos that she has uploaded online. She identifies herself as a "writer/actress/good egg" and the screen flashes the message, "Will poor, vulnerable Tricia be evicted? Or will mean bad husband do the right thing?" As if pixelated debasement was not enough, this chronic over-sharer tells the mag all about the couple's lackluster sex life, arguments over money and their family feuds. (Exhibit A: her husband's child is identified on-screen on YouTube as "nasty, evil stepdaughter.")

Reading New York magazine's article on the dirty laundry of the Walsh-Smith divorce is just plain exhausting, like reading four straight pages of the Page Six gossip column. We're not sure -- it smells over the top to us. We've heard insider-y whispers that the divorce might be a hoax like LonelyGirl15, but don't tell anybody. Especially not that woman who puts everything on YouTube.


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