Shiloh Pepin's parents, Leslie and Elmer, are getting a divorce.
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Along with the everyday challenges of school and socializing, Shiloh has another big change on the horizon: Her parents were recently separated and will soon be getting a divorce. "We've agreed to remain friends and that Shiloh is the most important thing," Elmer says. "We promised her that she would always have us."

Shiloh says her parents have taught her the true meaning of family. "Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten," she says. The Pepin family even has a special motto that helps them through hard times, regardless of whether they are physical or emotional. "Be brave, breathe and just get through it," Shiloh says.

FROM: Weeks Before Her Sudden Death: Oprah and the Mermaid Girl
Published on September 22, 2009

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