One of the earliest cast members from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Lisa Wu Hartwell, is considering divorce from her husband Ed Hartwell, reports Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Appearing during The Real Housewives of Atlanta's 2008 and 2009 seasons, Lisa Wu famously quit in 2010, because the storylines became too personal for her. Also, she said she wanted to pursue an acting career. She later went onto star in a play called "Stripped" where she plays a former NFL player's wife who is mulling divorce. No doubt the title of the play was sexier than something like "Lisa Wu Divorce."
Wu's divorce from Ed Hartwell puts him in the spotlight as well. Hartwell was formerly a linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons. He previously filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. He and Lisa Wu were in the news in 2009, when they lost their home in a foreclosure. In a tweet about her divorce, Wu writes that money was not the issue behind the separation.
The story was originally broken by StraightfromtheA, when an Atlanta blogger that noticed that Lisa Wu was not wearing her ring at a party and that Ed Hartwell had changed his status on Facebook.
A public divorce about a pair of almost-celebrities will, as always, bring up the issue of a prenuptial agreement. If they didn't have a solid prenup, they might find the recently divorced John Mellencamp shrugging his shoulders and having a laugh.
Another outstanding issue that Lisa Wu and Ed Hartwell will face in their divorce will have to do with their young son. Wu previously had a long-lasting custody battle with former husband Keith Sweat -- and could find herself in familiar terrain again.
But given the difficult publicity and financial circumstances both she and Ed Hartwell are facing, it might be best if they sorted their issues out in mediation. Georgia is one of those states with various counties that have "mandatory mediation" for divorcing couples.
If they can't, however, there are many local attorneys that will be willing to assist the Lisa Wu and Ed Hartwell divorce. And the more public it is, the more people will discuss the "Lisa Wu divorce." Is that a bad or a good thing?
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