Aisha Tyler was left in tears for the first time about her divorce from Jeff Tietjensen on Monday's show while discussing her new single status
As we previously reported, Tietjensen filed for divorce from Tyler in April citing irreconcilable differences. But TMZ reported the couple had been separated since January 2015. They were married for 10 years.
"It’s a really painful thing to go through in public,” Tyler said about her breakup on the talk show. "I really wanted to do it privately, and then make a statement here on the show, but unfortunately the tabloids have these people that perch down at the courthouse… and they got a hold of our divorce filing last week."
Tyler went on to set the record straight about the details of her divorce, expressing her frustration over "people talking about your private life who don’t know anything about it.” She noted, "My husband and I met when I was a teenager and I’ve been with him for more than half of my adult life… Other than my parents, he’s the person who has influenced me and cared for me the most.”
"It’s very hard when you love someone very much to also start to realize that maybe you want different things for your lives,” Tyler continued. As for why she never spoke about her separation, she explained, "We were really fighting to try and stay together… There was no reason to talk about it until we figured out what we were doing.”
The talk show host went on to insist she still loves her ex-husband very much, and wants to protect him from the media scrutiny that comes with a celebrity split. "Even though we decided we have to part ways, [the love] doesn’t go away,” asserted Tyler. She added, "I don’t, not in any way, see this relationship as a failure… We loved each other passionately, and we lived life fully, and we’re trying to let each other go in the kindest way we possibly can."
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