Melissa Gilbert lost her mind after the divorce in 2011

Melissa Gilbert Admits She’s “Lost” [her] mind” following her 2011 split from husband Bruce Boxleitner.

After her divorce, the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ star got Botox and fillers, bought a Mustang Convertible and got a younger French boyfriend, who most notably wore a T-shirt that read ‘Snatch’ to brunch at her house. mother at home.

“It was like I lost my mind,” she tells Page Six exclusively. “One of my friends says, ‘You know, we all have to go to the zoo once in a while. And you went and now you’re back.’”

Gilbert — who met her current husband Timothy Busfield in a bar a year after her divorce — says she has moments where she looks back and wonders what she was thinking, but doesn’t regret it.

“Tim tells me all the time, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if one thing had gone differently,” she says, adding, “It’s kind of hard to look back and want to change something.”

Timothy Busfield and Melissa Gilbert
Gilbert met Timothy Busfield in 2012.
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But the actress also says she “wants to “hit my head sometimes” about what kind of image she portrayed for her two sons, one of whom she shares with first husband Bo Brinkman and the other with Boxleitner.

“Hopefully, you know, they see this growth and it inspires them too,” she says.

Gilbert — whose new book “Back to the Prairie” chronicles her life with Busfield and moves to the Catskills part-time during the pandemic — doesn’t miss the Los Angeles lifestyle.

Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield on their wedding day.
Gilbert and Busfield on their wedding day, April 24, 2013.

“I think [Los Angeles] to be such a difficult place to live. I really. I miss my family there and I miss my friends there,” she says. “But I don’t miss the city. I don’t miss the traffic. I don’t miss the pollution.”

She adds, “I’ve finally found a place in my life where I can really be quiet and love it. I don’t feel like I have to do anything all the time.

“I’ve really embraced this wonderful silence in my existence… And I’m not chasing anything elusive, be it success or a job or money or anything. I really enjoy the sweet simplicity of my life.”

And all of that is made even sweeter by Busfield.

“I’m so blessed that it’s my happy ending,” Gilbert says. “I hope it inspires other people to find their happy endings.”

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