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Debra Messing: 'Ending my marriage was completely traumatic'

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Debra Messing has described her recent split from husband Daniel Zelman as "completely traumatic".

The Smash actress ended her marriage to Zelman in December 2011 after 10 years, though the former couple do not plan to divorce right away.

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In an interview with
Ladies Home Journal, Messing confessed that she did not feel that she could spend any more time in the marriage, though that did not make ending the relationship any easier.

"Twenty years. It's a very long time. I think the institute of marriage is a noble thing," Messing said of their 20-year partnership.

"I think the idea of a partner for life is incredibly romantic. But now we're living to 100. A hundred years ago people were dying at age 37. Till death do us part was a much different deal."

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Messing also described the difficulties of moving from Los Angeles to New York with Zelman following their break-up in order to co-parent their 8-year-old son Roman.

"I had to find a school for my second grader. We didn't have a home, we didn't have furniture. It was literally moving here with nothing but faith and hope," she recalled. "It was traumatic because every aspect of my life was going through a huge change."

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