‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Says She Became Cynical About Love

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond often talks about her love for her husband, Ladd Drummond. She recently posted a photo on social media of her and Ladd on their wedding day back in 1996.

Although the Food Network star says she is deeply in love with her Marlboro Man, she once confessed there was a time when she became cynical about love and marriage. This occurred after her parents announced they were on the verge of divorce.  

Ree Drummond was proud her parents stayed married for so long

Ree Drummond |  Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Ree Drummond | Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

In her book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, Drummond says a lot of her friends in California came from single-parent homes. She was always proud that her parents were together. Little did she know, that would soon change.

“During my years in Los Angeles, I’d always taken comfort in the fact that my parents’ marriage was happy and stable,” wrote Drummond. “I was among the few in my California circle of friends who’d come from an intact family, and I felt fortunate that I’d always been able to declare that my parents were still together.”

Ree Drummond found out about her parents’ marital problems from her father

Ree Drummond | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst
Ree Drummond | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst

One day after a date with Ladd, Drummond says she came home to find her father looking troubled. When she asked what was wrong, he told her he and her mother were having marital trouble. Drummond says the news shocked her, and she felt like the world she had known as a child was not secure. “My knees immediately went weak,” wrote Drummond. “And my secure little world, as I’d always known it, changed in an instant.”

Drummond says she couldn’t understand how her parents’ marriage was in trouble because they had already been through so much together. She was in disbelief that the “most stable personal relationship [she had] ever witnessed” wasn’t what it seemed. “In trouble? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” wrote Drummond. “But they’re just pulling into the home stretch. They’d raised four children, after all.”

Ree Drummond says she became cynical about love

Drummond says the news of her parents’ marital problems shook her to her core. “My stomach felt hollow; I was a child lost in the woods,” wrote Drummond. “Overnight, I’d been excommunicated from my exalted position in the Church of the Stable Home, and I was ill-prepared to handle it.”

The Food Network star’s relationship with Ladd had given her so much hope about love and marriage, but now she began to wonder if love really lasts. She wondered if getting married was in her future.

 “I was back to feeling like it was all a foolish pipe dream, this idea of finding the one true love of one’s life,” she continued. “Sure, I was in love with Marlboro Man now, but where might we be in five years? Fifteen years? Thirty? Right where my parents are, I supposed—struggling with dead love and apathy and ambivalence. After all, they’d been in love once, too.”

Drummond moved forward with her marriage plans, and she and Ladd have been married for more than two decades. Judging from her social media pages, it looks like they’re more in love than ever.

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