It can take a long time to recover from a divorce, especially if it was a traumatic divorce and one party still has feelings for their former spouse. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke is one person who struggled to come to terms with his divorce, when he split from his wife, Carre Otis.
RourkeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s divorce hit him so hard in fact that it took him almost ten years to get over his ex-wife, and has spent most of that time in the wilderness.
Rourke and Otis were married in June, 1996, but their marriage had problems from the start. Rourke was arrested in 1994 for abusing his wife, but the pair tried to work through their problems and stayed together. However they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t manage it for long, and their divorce was finalised in 1998.
Rourke says that the problems he has suffered over the last ten years have been due to his divorce, and his inability to move on. However, now Rourke is back to his best (with a nomination for the best actor Oscar for his role in the Wrestler) and looks to get in with his life.
Rourke commented this week:
I still love her. I love her in a different way but I waited for her for eight years (after the divorce) for her to come back. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve moved on now. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the first time IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been able to say that and mean it.