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What's worse than being married to R. Kelly for 12 years? Getting dumped by R. Kelly after 12 years.
But what's worse than getting dumped by R. Kelly after 12 years? Learning that R. Kelly dumped you after 12 years because a movie made him sad.
"The Notebook," the film directed by Nick Cassavetes based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, is responsible for a lot of things: Catapulting Canadian darlings Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams to stardom, the ensuing real-life romance between the two co-stars (that we still wish had worked out), a lot of couples kissing in the rain, for starters. Now, the movie is also apparently responsible for R. Kelly's divorce, or so he says in his memoir "Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me."
Kelly himself puts it best:
"As the film credits started to roll, I couldn't move. I burst into tears. People walking past me patted me on the back, trying to console me. 'The Notebook' was beautiful, and I was crying because its hero and heroine had died together...But I was also crying because I remembered a Valentine's Day -- when a helicopter dropped a rainfall of roses -- that had come and gone... My marriage had died. And there was nothing I could do to bring it back."
But as his ex Andrea Kelly, his former backup dancer, observantly noticed, "The Notebook" came out in 2004, and R. Kelly didn't file for divorce until 2009.
"We had been separated for 6 years at that point! The movie definitely did not end our relationship!" she told TMZ.
We're sure that everyone involved -- Cassavetes, Sparks, Gosling, and McAdams -- are spending many sleepless nights, knowing they were somehow involved in the breakup of the Kelly clan. Of course, the split couldn't have anything do with Andrea having to give up her career, the rumours of domestic disturbances and violence, and Kelly's court trial for child pornography (for which he was found not guilty). Nope, not at all.
The reason behind the divorce is still very "he said/she said," but at least we have the answer to another question that's been bugging us: What's worse than R. Kelly blaming "The Notebook" for his divorce? That he named his book "Soulacoaster."