What filter would you use to tint the photo of yourself and your ex-partner with the divorce papers you’ve just signed? Not sure? Ask Florida residents Michelle Knight and Keith Hinson, because their smiling, oddly adorable “divorce selfie” went totally viral this week, leading to many of us scratching our heads and wondering if we could ever do the same.
Keith posted the photo on social media along with this caption:
“Here’s to the most friendly, respectful, and loving split imaginable. We smile not because it’s over, but because it happened.”
He shared with the Huffington Post why he decided to post the photo:
“And we also wanted to let people know that this didn’t have to be a negative experience. We are choosing to move forward with love. We’ve been separated a year, and throughout that time, we’ve both been committed to preserving our friendship.”
I now feel petty for anything I’ve ever done in a breakup. I feel petty for arguing, I feel petty for ignoring, I feel petty for ever removing my sixth grade boyfriend out of my AIM profile.
Despite the number of trends in selfies, from #NoMakeup to fake #NoMakeup to #funeral to (ugh, still) #homeless, this is probably the most simple and civil and unexpected one. It’s probably not considered a trend yet, though, but let’s just cross our fingers and hope that these two inspire other couples to share their calm, relieved, newly-divorced faces.
I can’t say I am not a little jealous of these two. I have never really had an amicable breakup; Jack Black‘s character in High Fidelity might describe them as burning out versus fading away.
I wish I could pretend that this is something I would be capable of, but typically, I would just rather never interact with the person post-breakup again. Who know, though? Perhaps divorce is different since your breakup takes so. much. time that you actually are just thrilled enough for the process to be over that you can overlook any ill-feelings towards one another (if there are any, even). But clearly, it’s enough of a phenomenon to celebrate one’s divorce together than the photographic proof of such a celebration actually went viral.
So, congrats to Michelle and Keith! I hope you each are somewhere drinking champagne separately, toasting to the fact that any quick Google search your future dates do will reveal that you’re awesome.