The writer behind Sex And The City is to divorce her husband of nine years. Candace Bushnell, 53, married ballet dancer Charles Askegard, who is ten years younger than her, in 2002. The creator of the character Carrie Bradshaw, a New York writer who became an icon for a generation of single woman, filed papers on Friday.
Askegard left the New York City Ballet after 24 years in October to set up his own company, Ballet Next. Ms Bushnell was noticeably missing from his opening performance at The Joyce Theater on November 23.
The New York Post reported a friend as saying,
This has been coming for a long time. They have been living increasingly separate lives. Candace has been spending more and more time in the country at her house in Connecticut, while Charles has been in the city working. He has been going through a huge career transition.’
We had some wonderful times in our nine-year marriage, and I still care about Charles as a person. I respect his desire to pursue his own happiness and hope that we will continue to be friends in the future.’
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.