After divorce, celebrities tend to make sweeping statements about their newfound single status. Some gab to the press about how thrilled they are to reclaim their "freedom" after a split, while others make a point to proclaim how "liberated" they feel now that they're rid of their ex.
Just in time for the Fourth of July, we've compiled a list of five personal declarations of independence. Click through to see which celeb said what, then tell us: Did you feel like you had won back your independence after divorce?
Camille Grammer had two reasons to celebrate Independence Day last year. Just one year after she decided<a href="http://www.tmz.com/2010/07/01/kelsey-grammer-camille-grammer-divorce-files/" target="_hplink"> to end her 13-year marriage to</a> husband Kelsey Grammer, the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star <a href="http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/07/camille-grammer-bikini-photos-hawaii-year-kelsey-divorce-filing-liberated" target="_hplink">kicked back on a Hawaiian beach with her two kids</a> and told Radar Online, "It's been one year today I filed for divorce, I feel liberated!"
In an <a href="http://www.instyle.com/instyle/package/general/photos/0,,20310478_20227125_20510780,00.html" target="_hplink">October 2008 interview</a> with <em>InStyle</em> magazine, Meg Ryan revealed what it was like to have her 2000 divorce from Dennis Quaid <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20134850,00.html" target="_hplink">play out in the public eye</a> -- and how she felt about being labeled a "scarlet woman" as a result of her alleged affair with Russell Crowe. "It was also incredibly liberating," <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20227997,00.html" target="_hplink">Ryan said of the much-publicized split</a>. "Now I was utterly free. I didn't have to care about what people thought. I have gotten to do what I guess I secretly wanted to do. Be totally under the radar and live my life."
Even silent-screen actresses employed the "freedom" line when divorcing their husbands. After obtaining a quickie divorce from estranged husband Joseph M. Scheneck in Juarez, Mexico in 1934, actress Norma Tamadge said she was "going to New York" to "<a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1314&dat=19340416&id=PSdWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VeMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6200,3992211" target="_hplink">spend a few days thinking about my freedom."</a>
In May 2007, Diane Kruger reflected on the end of her five-year marriage to French actor <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-body/news/diane-kruger-im-pessimistic-about-marriage-after-1-divorce-201112" target="_hplink">Guillaume Canet the year before</a>. "I feel liberated of guilt and of being responsible for someone else's feelings," <a href="http://evening-standard.vlex.co.uk/vid/divorcee-troy-kruger-joshua-lydia-slater-62155267" target="_hplink">the actress reportedly told the Evening Standard</a>. "It was a lot to handle at once. Not being around was difficult for him and for my friends. So it was a mutual split, and as amicable as it could be. At least I feel free."
After 41 years of marriage, screen legend Carol Channing filed to divorce her husband, Charles Lowe, in May 1988. The "Hello Dolly" actress reportedly claimed that she and Lowe <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=60EfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qc8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=4681,4443992&dq=my-freedom+divorce&hl=en" target="_hplink">had only had sex twice</a> during their marriage and that he regularly humiliated her in public and funneled off her money. "It doesn't matter to me that I didn't have relations," <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=60EfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qc8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=4681,4443992&dq=my-freedom+divorce&hl=en" target="_hplink">Channing said of the failed relationship</a>. "That's incidental. The important thing is my freedom."