Well, you can officially stop thinking that your Thanksgiving dinner is going to be the most awkward. According to Starpulse, exes Ritchie Sambora and Heather Locklear have decided that their relationship is in such a good space that they’re going to spend Thanksgiving together. Sambora says, “We're spending Thanksgiving together, everything is really cool.”
Let’s review what an accomplishment getting to “cool” was, shall we? The couple divorced after 12 years of marriage in 2006, shortly after which Ritchie started dating Heather’s ex-BFF, Denise Richards. Then, Sambora was arrested for drunk driving with the couple’s daughter in the backseat this past March and has been in and out of rehab for alcohol-related issues for a long time. Heather had some issues herself this year, having been treated for depression and anxiety at a rehab facility this summer, then being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of prescription drugs in September.
You’ve got to wonder what kind of signal they’re sending to their daughter because divorces and children are sticky. While the two were married for a long time, there’s a lot of water under the bridge, with Ritchie suddenly hooking up with Auntie Denise and both parents in and out of issues. While it’s always sort of admirable to put on a brave face for the sake of the kids, maybe they’re not exactly ready to have a joint holiday. Then again, you look at untraditional families like Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher and think hey, what the Hell do I know?
All I know is, this kid is either going to wind up an accountant or she’s going to be the next round of mug shots in about ten years. Only time will tell. A word to the wise for those of you who think this might be a good idea: it’s tough to start over when the familiar is so tempting, but when the kids are watching everything you do, you might save joint family gatherings until you’re absolutely sure you’re going to make it work for each other, not just the kids. Also, be careful: sex with your ex is really touchy stuff.