Earlier today we posted a link to a strong piece by Paul Elam about the lack of mainstream media speculation that a key factor driving Robin Williams to suicide yesterday may have been his two punishing divorce settlements. So I was interested to hear from a supporter that the Sun ran an eight-page piece on Robin Williams today. It starts:
Tormented Robin Williams was battling money problems after two costly divorces, friends said yesterday. The 63-year-old comic was also deeply upset at having to take roles he did not enjoy because he needed the money – and became a recluse as his depression deepened.
One friend said: ‘All he could talk about were serious money troubles. There was also frustration at TV and movie roles he didn’t want to take, but had to for the pay check.’
Robin confessed he was ‘in need of a steady job’ last year after he signed up for TV show The Crazy Ones, which was a flop. He said, ‘There are bills to pay. My life has downsized. I just can’t afford it anymore. Divorce is expensive. It’s ripping your heart through your wallet.’
Let nobody ever say that crippling divorce settlements don’t lead to men committing suicide. It’s just one of the reasons we’ll be calling in our manifesto for a major overhaul of how marital assets are divided after divorce. It’s time to put a stop to the state’s encouragement of women – who file three in four divorce applications in the UK – into sabotaging their marriages for personal financial gain.