Nearly three months after filing for divorce from her husband of 72 days, Kim Kardashian appeared alongside Kelly Ripa on Monday morning to co-host LIVE! With Kelly.  She used the opportunity to speak out against the rumors that are stating her marriage to NBA player, Kris Humphries, was a business deal.  “Being a hopeless romantic, I wanted to believe in something so badly,” Kardashian said.  “If you really think about it, if [the marriage] was a business decision, and I really made all that money that everyone was claiming that we made off this wedding, and if the wedding was fake and just for TV … I’m a smart business woman.  I would have stayed married longer,” she explained to Ripa.  “I really didn’t think following my heart would create this much backlash.”

How do you fend off rumors about your relationship after a breakup?

Cupid’s Advice:

Sometimes relationships don’t work out as expected, and when it comes to an end, people will have  their opinions as to what happened and rumors will begin.  Here are a few tips on how to combat rumors:

1.  Address the situation:  Always try to be the first one to confirm the breakup, and while you don’t have to get into detail, explain why the relationship didn’t work out.

2.  Take a breather:  Rumors can be stressful, so try to avoid being in the spotlight for a while.  Take time to relax, and get some much needed “me” time or have a spa day or mini vacation with your girls.

3.  Move on:  Sometimes, after you’ve already spoken about your relationship, people are still going to believe what they want to believe, and you won’t be able to change that.  When this happens, it’s always best to hold your head up, turn the other cheek and keep moving along.

How do you defend yourself from rumors?  Share your comments below.