Sarah McLachlan: Divorce almost killed my career
May 27th, 2011
01:40 PM ET

Sarah McLachlan: Divorce almost killed my career

Divorce is hard, but it was nearly career-ending for singer Sarah McLachlan.

The "Angel" star told Spinner that "at one point she entered an emotional hole so horrid that she never expected to be able to make music again, let alone return to the stage."

"Yeah, the marriage part didn't quite work out," she said.  "Apparently that's a bit of an epidemic, so I just make light of it."

In 2008, McLachlan split from her husband, drummer Ashwin Sood, after 11 years.

"Coming to terms with the fact that my marriage was a failure was devastating and very difficult," the now-single mom of two said. "I blamed myself for a lot of things. It took me a very long time to get over it."

Like  most artists, McLachlan poured herself into her music and two songs, "U Want Me 2" and "Don't Give Up on Us" came out of the experience.  She said she helped move on with the help of loved ones and her kids.

"I have amazing friends, great family and two kids so I just got out of bed everyday and kept moving forward," she said. "I'm not one to sit and wallow - I would rather figure out a way around so I can move past it and be at peace with things. I don't like bad feelings gnawing away at me.

soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Ron Korn

    Just learned she was divorced 4 years ago.
    Still love her music but lost a little respect.
    It's so easy to dump a husband and take
    the money and run.

    October 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. notthattracibutjustasmean

    isn't she the one who sings that creepy song they play on the animal lovers commercial?

    i'm sorry guys but seriously, she is not the only person to go through a divorce.....and i don't feel sorry for her. she has the financial resources that most divorcee's do not have. money makes a huge difference. if she was a single mother with a minimum wage job, battling a pysical disability, taking care of her kids and making a living then i might be impressed. stop QQ'ing creepy sarah....weren't your 15 minutes up a long time ago?

    June 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kjb

    I thought recording the same dreary, weepy, simplistic, boring, female-centric music was what was killing your career.

    June 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SKG2011

    I just have to say that whatever has happened to her in her personal life- as long as she's getting "back on track"- for her own sake- is a huge accomplishment... not many people in today's world can do that... as she has said it almost killed her career. I truly appreciate her music and talent. She is one of the best singers of our time!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 4mercy

    Failed marriages are an "epidemic" kidding! It's too bad she "makes light of it".

    June 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Glenn

    Nasty, nasty people!! Sarah McLachlan is one of the most talented musical artists' on the planet .. bar-none.
    A beautiful person inside and out!!!

    June 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tres ci

    She's building a mystery - why no dental work???

    June 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. heliocracy

    I'm sure her millions were a big comfort. Really...who the hell cares?

    June 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mom of Three

    I liked World on Fire more than Angel, oddly enough.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dmsd

    I'm happy to read she stopped blaming herself for a failed marriage and moved past that b.s. It ain't easy, but it's self preservation. I hope Sarah enjoys life and music once more.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. AustinITguy

    I'm pretty sure her terrible music killed it long before it ever started.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bayousara

    Some of the choices women of fame make for husbands surprise me. Sandra Bullock's choice was a shocker. Are these men mature enough to be equal spouses, to share a private life that is responsible financially and trustworthy emotionally? I haven't been seeing it (maybe an epidemic but poor choices). I hope Sandra and Sarah choose not to remarry.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jennifer

    Divorced with kids? That's sad.

    June 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. anonmommy

    LOL I swear, its an epidemic on every forum...Feeding Trolls. Got a troll? Want to get rid of troll? STOP FEEDING IT! Idiots.
    Sarah is a BEAUTIFUL Singer. Shes highly talented. Divorce isnt easy. But I'm glad to see her back into music again!

    June 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. keith

    ok cool

    June 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. tracie

    sarah is not attractive and she can not sing at all

    June 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. tracie

    Sarah is very ugly and she can not sing.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. tracie

    Ok yall I really do not appreciate your sarcasm. Sarah is very ugly and she can't sing.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  19. MBiggenson

    I'm pretty sure the reason why there are such cruel comments on here is due to an absolute lack of caring about other people's problems. I'm sorry Sarah had a bad marriage and went through a rough divorce and didn't think she could go on with her career, but that happens to millions of men and women a year and yeah, it sucks. When it's presented as an entertainment story, most people's first reactions aren't "Poor Sarah McLachlan!" but rather, "Yeah, so? So did I and you're not writing about me." It's not Sarah's fault, it's the media's fault. They are over-inflating the importance of some of these stories to fill the need for content in this 24/7 world where companies need web-content to get hits to get advertising dollars. It's getting ridiculous. We don't need to know what Shania Twain's gynecologist ate for lunch. Honest, we don't.

    June 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  20. WJM Knight

    She's a one-hit wonder looking for a reason to explain away her lack of success.

    June 5, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • JD

      One-hit wonder?? Just because your not a fan of her type of music doesn't give you the right to dismiss her success. She has a lot of well known songs and a large following. What have you done lately?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. James Andrews

    Well perhaps her marriage didn't work out BECAUSE she sees it's "a bit of an epidemic" and so she just "made light of it." Made light of her marriage ... there's your reason, Sarah. I've only been married 12 yrs, and it ain't been all roses, but I know enough to not "make light of it." And I won't blow off my failure at marriage just because there are millions of others who have failed too. But she's sure right ... it sure is an epidemic. Lucky my wife and I have had our vaccinations.

    June 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Therewolf

      Actually, she said divorce was an epidemic, not marriage. She made light of the divorce because it's such a common thing. It's a tragedy really, that so many graduate grade school without the ability to read.

      June 15, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  22. AGuest9

    Yeah, and yet through losing our children and 50% of our income, MEN are expected to carry on just fine after divorce. At least she stopped at two songs and didn't devote entire strings of hits for the better part of a decade to losing a spouse, like Billy Joel. I imagine its easier, though, to hang on to the home you bought with million-dollar record contracts.

    June 2, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  23. gwats

    She recognized her Divorce for what it was.... a personal failure and a tragedy. She owned her mistake, took her lumps, and moved on. I respect that. I'm looking forward hearing some new music from her.

    June 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  24. W.G.

    I'd do her

    June 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Paul G

    I canceled a date with Sarah around the time of her Vox hit. Sarah was very attractive (beautiful on the inside of course)but at the time her look was just not the style I usually dated, plus I didn't want to be in a relationship at that point. I'm my own person and I've been very successful in life and business, so being so-and-so's boyfriend would never have been my cup of tea. Last time I saw her was about 15 years ago in Tojo's Sushi, one of her favorite sushi places. I love her voice and her music, an incredible gift to the world.

    May 31, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  26. GDK in DFW

    I always felt that marriage ruined Sarah's career - once she was in a 'happy' relationship, her songwriting and the impact of her lyrics suffered as she was no longer getting her heart stomped - which really made for some great, hard-hitting songs in her early career. Now, she is too jaded / calloused to suffer the same pain and be willing to write about it. Motherhood and the awakening of her inner 'Lillith' has rendered her inconsequential and irrelevant.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Andrew

    What career?

    May 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Laura R.

    Unbelievable the horrible things people post. Sarah, you are beautiful and your music is beautiful. I listened to Afterglow over and over after my mom died and it brought me comfort. Still does to this day. I am glad that you are still making wonderful music.

    May 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Paul R.

    Why are divorced women always referred to as "single moms?" Her ex is every bit as much a single dad as she is a single mom.

    May 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • SingleMom

      Because 99% of the time it's the mother who actually raises the children.

      May 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Remarried Dad

      Not so fast single mom. Today's father's work full time and raise our kids. And the family courts are a changing.

      May 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • tjc360

      Single Mom – Bitter much?

      May 31, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • AGuest9

      Yes, @SingleMom, because judges think there is absolutely nothing wrong with a woman with a degree who sits on her a$$ on the couch all day long in front of Judge Judy and Jerry Springer and steals half of her ex-husband's salary from a career she griped about daily for the amount of hours he worked.

      June 2, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  30. JohnA.EvansIII

    Well it really doesnt matter what anyone says she was a kind and a beautiful star who deserved to have the very best in this life and the next" GOD BLESS you Elizabeth !

    May 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Hank

    take a good look in the mirror before calling someone ugly.

    May 28, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Finger me silly

      She looks like a buck toothed horse.

      June 2, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      FMS: She's not nearly as horse faced as Sarah Jessica Parker. Blech. And before anyone complains, I acknowledge that using the term "horse face" to describe these women is mean spirited and as a mea culpa I would like to apologize to any actual horses in the audience.

      June 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  32. fernace

    The only trolls worth aknowledging are those with a tail, who stink & live in the woods. You humans posing as trolls, give real trolls a bad name! Sarah, your music is beautiful & so are you! Don't listen to the fake trolls, they're highly unhappy or extremely concieted! Or just wanna write bad ish to see how much they can get away with. All of us go thru the vallies of life, nothing better than making music out of it. You go, gurrl!!

    May 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      Unless of course that "music" is made by someone else and then licensed to her to use which so much of it is with these pop star flash in the pan types.

      June 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Peace

    Hey BV ! Behaving, really ? Ok, that makes me nervous ! LOL ! Good to know. Have a great holiday wkend & stay outta trouble ! Ha ha ! "C-ya" soon ! Good day ! 🙂

    May 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Beautiful Vixen

    @Peace: So true. Speaking of..I saw Lloyd is back. He was actually behaving a bit yesterday. Well have a great weekend all 🙂

    May 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  35. LIng Chao

    I out of practice trorring. Was posting nice cooments but to borring. Now I go back to being troo.

    May 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Peace

    @ tracie, Your gonna have to better than that. Here on the Marquee Blogs you are trolling w/ the best trollers, ever! They will eat you alive! Just a heads up! Good day!

    May 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  37. flex

    OOO! I would love to hear the exteneded version of VOX right now.

    May 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  38. 'Lish

    i totally agree.. you're obviously a miserable person

    May 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      'Lish...where did you get your nickname?? I used that moniker back in high school (in the late 1980s)–even with the apostrophe!! Amazing.

      May 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  39. AGhostrider

    Traci, I for one really enjoy Sarah's music and I find her very attractive. You on the other hand may or may not be attractive on the outside but you are definitely ugly on the inside.

    May 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |

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