Paul McCartney and Sara Evans: A Contrast in Divorce, Public Relations

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The spotlight can be blinding. Once relationships get caught in its glare, look out! Granted, it can make for some funny stories, such as the apparent break up of Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey.

Nancy Shevell, Paul McCartney

Other times, it's just sad.

Take the case of Sara Evans. She filed for divorce from her husband because he may or may not be a porn addict that also shagged their nanny. That's embarrassing.

But is the best way to handle it to spread such adulterating gospel across national television? After sharing her story on Dancing with the Stars, Evans should have expected her former nanny and husband to fire back.

First, Alison Clinton went on Extra and called Evans a liar.

Now, Craig Schelske is accusing his wife of having affairs with country singer Kenny Chesney and other unnamed "associates in the music business."

These people really need to stop the madness. Take a look at Sir Paul McCartney, for instance. You can't be embroiled in any more of a public divorce than he's going through.

But how does the former Beatle respond to allegations by Heather Mills that he choked her? Shockingly, by not continuing the fight through the media.

In a statement, McCartney's legal reps said:

"Our client would very much like to respond in public and in detail to the allegations made recently against him by his wife and published in the press but he recognizes, on advice, that the only correct forum for his response to the allegations made against him is in the current divorce proceedings."

Simple. Straightforward. Respectable.

We hope Nicole Richie takes the same high road once she's done using Samuel Plouchart.

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