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Who will fare better post-breakup, Kat Von D or Jesse James?

July 28, 2011|By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
  • TV personalities Jesse James and Kat Von D attend the Art of Elysium "Heaven" Gala 2011 at the California Science Center in Exposition Park, Los Angeles.
TV personalities Jesse James and Kat Von D attend the Art of Elysium "Heaven"… (Neilson Barnard / Getty…)

Kat Von D's breakup with ex-fiance Jesse James, the former Mr. Sandra Bullock, is playing out in operatic fashion over the airwaves and the Internet.

The tattooed "L.A. Ink" star made headlines for checking out of a "Good Day LA" interview Wednesday after her relationship with James was mentioned while she sat backstage, and engaged afterward in a back-and-forth via Twitter with the show's host, Jillian Barberie Reynolds.

But -- counterintuitive though it may seem -- when it comes to breakups, women actually fare better than men. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found that men suffer emotionally more than women do after a romantic relationship ends.

That's probably because women have a social network that provides emotional support afterward, the study indicated. Men, however, tend to confide in their romantic partner -- and after a breakup, they have few comparable supports to rely on and may be more emotionally vulnerable.

Maybe that's why Von D opened up via Twitter, and James somewhat less so. Though, to be fair, maybe male reluctance to rely on others for support is due to the fact that male support might take such forms as this.

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