In 2001, actress Meg Ryan and her husband, actor Dennis Quaid, divorced. The tabloids cast Meg's reported relationship with her then co-star Russell Crowe as the cause of her divorce. However, Meg says that there is more to the story. What the tabloids did not focus on, she says, was that her marriage to Dennis was "unhealthy" and had been bad for at least five years. Meg says she now understands that she "probably should have left much earlier."
"Maybe that's a female thing, but it's crazy how you have to talk yourself into protecting yourself and allowing yourself to expand," Meg says. "Anaïs Nin has this beautiful quote. 'And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.'
"There are times in every woman's life where she does need to get out and expand and do all those things that make her the best version of herself."