Russell Brand and Katy Perry had a strenuous holiday season.  Brand filed for divorce on Friday after 14 months of marriage, reports People.  Rumors started circulating when Brand and Perry spent the holidays apart, with Brand in the U.K and Perry in Hawaii with friends.  The couple were also spotted without their wedding rings in the days prior to the split.  “Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage,” said Brand in a statement.  “I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.”

How do you stay on good terms with your ex during a very public divorce?

Cupid’s Advice:

Going through a divorce is hard enough even without attention from others.  Here are a few ways to stay friendly with your ex:

1. Monitor rumors: When a split gathers attention, false rumors are bound to pop up.  Try monitoring the rumors, and denying false assumptions whenever possible.

2. Keep it private: Though you are probably surrounded by friends who want to know the details behind your split, some things are best kept private.  You can tell your friends the details later when you and your ex have had time to heal.

3. Keep in touch with your ex: Keep in touch during your divorce.  Don’t let your lawyers do the communicating for you.  In order to stay friends in the future, you’ll have to lay the groundwork now.

Have you gone through a public split? Feel free to share your experience in a comment below.