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How Kaley Cuoco Dealt With Her Divorce

TheThings 9/23/2022 Amelia Harvey
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The Flight Attendant and Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco and her husband Karl Cook announced their split in September 2021, after three years of marriage.

Cuoco, 36, and Cook, 31, started dating in 2016. The pair got engaged on her birthday in November 2017 and tied the knot on June 30, 2018. They revealed their split in a joint statement to PEOPLE in September 2021, saying, "Despite a deep love and respect for one another, we have realized that our current paths have taken us in opposite directions."

Recently, Kaley Cuoco has been talking about the dark place she went to after her divorce and how it affected her performance on The Flight Attendant.

So what has she said about her divorce to Karl Cook, an equestrian who is the son of billionaire businessman Scott D. Cook.

Kaley Cuoco Announced Divorce In 2021

In September 2021, Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook took to social media to announce their break-up.

“Despite a deep love and respect for one another, we have realized that our current paths have taken us in opposite directions,” they wrote in a joint statement at the time. “We have both shared so much of our journey publicly so while we would prefer to keep this aspect of our personal life private, we wanted to be forthcoming in our truth together."

"There is no anger or animosity, quite the contrary. We made this decision together through an immense amount of respect and consideration for one another and request that you do the same in understanding that we will not be sharing any additional details.”

Why Kaley Cuoco Struggled To Walk After Divorce

The Flight Attendant actress said in a new interview with Variety that she was left struggling to walk and even staged an intervention on herself following her separation from her second husband.

“Going through my divorce, it was really a super dark time,” Cuoco told the publication. “I just didn’t know how to deal with it. I was throwing myself into work to deny my depression, and how upset I was.” In the HBO show, Cuoco plays Cassie Bowden, a troubled flight attendant who stumbles into a dangerous international plot that put her life at risk.

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“It was horrible. And I developed a stress rash that ran all the way down my body for three straight months that wouldn’t go away,” she explained in the interview. “I literally, like, had fire on my leg for three months. I could barely walk.”

Kaley Cuoco Started Therapy After Her Divorce From Karl Cook

Kaley Cuoco wasn't just dealing with the end of her marriage. Her character on The Flight Attendant was also facing her own obstacles. She admitted going through “one of the hardest years of my life” and added, “I was really losing my mind.”

“It was the first time that I started therapy — I’ve been very open about that,” Cuoco revealed.

How Kaley Cuoco Used The Flight Attendant To Get Out Her Own Feelings

"The episode that I submitted for [the Emmys] was Episode 5, with that beach scene," she revealed to Variety, using The Flight Attendants' emotive script and her troubled character to get out her own dark feelings.

"My director Pete Chapman came up to me the day before, and he was so lovely. He’s like, 'How do you want to shoot this tomorrow?' I said, 'Can you just, like, put cameras around the beach, and just start rolling?' And for two hours, I just cried."

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"Like, I screamed, I cried, I sat there, I was quiet. I lay down; I stood up. I mean, it was amazing. Who gets to have that opportunity? And I needed that for Kaley, and I needed that for Cassie, and it worked all in one."

Kaley Cuoco's New Chapter Of Transparency

This tough time led to a new chapter for Kaley Cuoco, who started to talk about her issues with others and seek help.

“I think for the first time, I wanted people to know that things just aren’t always what they seem,” she said. “And things aren’t always so perfect.”

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“One month in, I had an intervention on myself in my trailer — all my producers were in there. And I said, ‘I need help,’” Cuoco explained. “It was interesting to say that out loud. And to have everyone be like, ‘Yes, we want to help!’ I’m a working woman, and so independent, and I really take pride in being able to do everything. Well, this time, I literally couldn’t.”

Kaley Cuoco Moved In With Zosia Mamet

Cuoco revealed that she moved in with her co-star Zosia Mamet to stop the post-divorce loneliness.

“I really needed someone with me. I was really losing my mind. And then so many of these scenes were so hard to do because they were so hateful, so sad, and so dark, and there wasn’t a lot of levity,” she explained. “Like, it was the loneliest I’ve ever felt, and I am not really someone to share that.”

"She had an Airbnb, and it only lasted so long. And I was like, 'Why don’t you just move in with me?' Like, it was the loneliest I’ve ever felt, and I am not really someone to share that."

The pair have been close friends since appearing in The Flight Attendant together. The two both got the word "boop" tattooed on their arms in April 2022

Why Kaley Cuoco Lived Separate From Cook Through Marriage

The pair never liked the idea of moving in together until they were forced during Covid quarantine.

“We’ve been married for a year and a half, been together for almost four years and this quarantine has forced us to actually move in together,” Cuoco told Jimmy Kimmel in April 2020. “It’s been great for our relationship, and we like each other we realized, which is even better.”

Will Kaley Cuoco Ever Marry Again?

Kaley Cuoco has now been married and divorced twice, but it looks like there won't be a third.

“I would love to have a long-lasting relationship or a partnership. But I will never get married again,” Cuoco shared with Glamour in April. “But I believe in love because I’ve had incredible relationships. I know that they’re out there.”

“I want to have a relationship that I give my time to and that the person feels [like they’re] really a part of my life,” she said.

Who Is Kaley Cuoco Dating Now?

Less than one year after her divorce the blonde actress has moved on with Tom Pelphrey and appears to be happier than ever!

“Life lately,” the star captioned an Instagram image in May 2022, sharing multiple selfies with the Ozark actor. “The sun breaks through the clouds, rays of gold slipping into my eyes and heart, rays of yellow to break the grey.”

Pelphrey wrote on his account “Nothing can save you. And you stand in the moonlight and sweetness comes off the top of the trees, and the fence around the yard seals you off from the dark and you can’t breathe. It is all so familiar and possible. It is too simple that there is this much good in the world and you don’t know how to have it."

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