Huma Abedin looked amazing in a fuchsia dress on Monday as she hit the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom—with one accessory clearly missing.
The 40-year-old top aide to Hillary Clinton walked the carpet with a clear message, not wearing the wedding ring she’s always worn while married to disgraced—now estranged—husband Anthony Weiner.
She filed for divorce on May 19, the same day he pleaded guilty to sexting with a minor. He faces up to 10 years in prison, for transferring obscene material to a minor and will be sentenced in September. But in the meantime, while he’s been spotted leaving the couple’s apartment, he’s still been wearing his wedding ring.
Why? She’s filed for divorce and it looks like the marriage is over.
“Look, taking the ring off or still wearing it is highly symbolic,” says New York based relationship therapist Rachel Sussman. “I have multiple therapy sessions discussing with people when to take the ring off.”
She adds that it’s “the person who doesn’t want the marriage to end” who has a hard time removing the ring.
“[Weiner] he’s just not ready, maybe he’s holding onto hope, maybe he feels he owes it to her to keep wearing the ring,” Rachel says.
For Huma, taking it off it must have been very symbolic, since “she stuck by him a very long time,” Rachel adds.
“She’s very loyal and takes marriage and family very seriously, to decide to end it was a thoughtful road,” she says. “That she took off her ring it’s very much over.”
And one party leaving their ring on for an average of about a year is far from unusual says Rachel.
“If you tell me in two years he’s still wearing it, it’s pathological,” she says, “But even if it’s over, you don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors- he may be begging her to not do it. He may be telling her he won’t take it off, he’s going to work on it. Or it just may mean he can’t handle the fact she’s left him.”
“Even though he did ridiculous awful things he may have loved her all along.”
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