Mayim Bialik, one of the stars of “Big Bang Theory”, has been penning blogs for Kveller–a site devoted to Jewish parenting–for a while now. In the past, her writings have gotten her a lot of attention–some unwanted–because of her belief in “attachment parenting” and lengthy breastfeeding. Recently, she began posting about another controversial subject: her divorce.
“I wanted to write about some of the more complicated aspects. And specifically, also, there’s certain things [related] to Jewish divorce that people don’t know about,” she said. “There’s something called a ‘Get’. There’s a religious process. You sit in the same room and you watch your divorce deed be written. It’s actually a very interesting thousands year old document that you watch written and you have to be in the same room as your ex.”
Some readers and fans of the show were perplexed as to why she would want to talk about such a painfully personal topic, but Bialik says she hopes it will help other women in the Jewish faith get through their own difficult time when a relationship comes to an end.
“To me, it was a very cathartic, very emotionally powerful sense of closure for us,” she said. “It’s very intense. So I wrote for Kveller about some of those aspects in hopes to kind of maybe [be] helpful to other people or other women.”
The actress has had to explain herself quite a bit over the past year after her blog became so popular and said people would stop her on the street to confront her about her parenting choices, particularly breastfeeding past a certain age.
“If I’m talking to girlfriends, if I’m talking to random people, and we’re talking about parenting, I tell them what works for me and why. But a lot of people want to ask me things so that they can fight with me,” she said. “And just because I’m a public person, who happened to have breastfed and slept with her kids, that doesn’t mean that I want to fight with you on the street or in the supermarket. So, I think you have to be really careful to understand why people want to know what they want to know.”