The singer opens up about her breakup from ex-husband Ashwin Sood.
Back in the '90s, Sarah McLachlan's emotional ballads were on the post-breakup song playlists of women, everywhere. So it makes sense that the 43-year-old singer used music to get through her own breakup, after her 11-year marriage to drummer Ashwin Sood fell apart and nearly ended her career.
In an interview with Spinner.com, the now-single mom of two opened up about her divorce and how she "entered an emotional hole so horrid that she never expected to be able to make music again, let alone return to the stage."
"Coming to terms with the fact that my marriage was a failure was devastating and very difficult," said Sarah. "I blamed myself for a lot of things. It took me a very long time to get over it."
The couple, who married in 1997 in Jamaica, broke up 11 years later, amid rumors that Ashwin had cheated. However, after Sarah got past the immediate shock of the split, she coped by writing two songs about the breakup, entitled "U Want Me 2" and "Don't Give Up on Us." 3 Breakup Lessons From Celebrities
"Music has always been incredibly cathartic for me, whether it's writing my own stuff or singing other people's music; it's very freeing. But it did take me a long while to be able to write again because I was just too far down a deep dark hole to do anything. I had to crawl back up, get some light in and have some objectivity before I could start writing again."
However, although Sarah says that she has now adjusted to life as a single mother (and has even formed a friendship with her ex,) she admits that she won't be singing about a new, real-life love anytime soon.
"I honestly can't imagine dating anybody right now...I dated briefly and it was a whirlwind and so much fun but it takes too much emotional work. I have two small kids so for anybody who comes into my life, it's a big life and there's a lot going on. I think I'm going to be single for a long time."
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