Jen Hatmaker Criticizes Cruel 'Interlopers' In Divorce Announcement
Inspirational self-help influencer Jen Hatmaker, who filed for divorce from husband Brandon Hatmaker on August 21, 2020, has slowly been releasing details about the break-up ever since. The 46-year-old Christian author, who has over 520,000 followers on Instagram, first confirmed the news on September 7, after weeks of followers’ speculation about the state of her family.
“I don’t know how to hide grief, so I haven't, and I am grateful for your absolute decency these last few weeks,” Jen wrote, referring to her cryptic earlier Instagram posts that fans interpreted as referring to problems in her relationship. “I don’t know how to say this, and I still cannot believe I am even saying it, but Brandon and I are getting divorced. Although the details are ours alone, this was completely unexpected, and I remain stunned as we speak. I am shocked, grief-stricken, and broken-hearted.”
Jen’s announcement included a message for anyone who may be an “interloper who revels in the pain of another,” imploring them to “spare us your cruelty.”
In an update she posted to Instagram on November 16, Hatmaker wrote that the day before she had "signed some final paperwork" for the divorce. She soon spoke in more detail about her post-divorce grief in an Instagram live, and thanked her fans on the internet for their compassion.
The Hatmakers founded Austin New Church and hosted My Big Family Renovation and Your Big Family Renovation on HGTV. Jen is also known for her unwavering support of the LGBTQ community, advocating for their inclusion in Christianity. She has also spoken out against President Donald Trump.
The comments on Jen’s posts are filled with sympathy and support, including from Dave Hollis. Influencer couple Rachel and Dave Hollis recently announced their own split after 15 years, prompting some fans to accuse Rachel of monetizing her divorce with her upcoming book.
Jen appears to have no such plans.
“Our loss is not for public devouring,” she says in one post. “We are real people managing this in our real life in real time, and we are doing the absolute best we know how to do.”
Brandon has not commented on the split.