On Wednesday, bestselling author, advocate, and television writer and director Janet Mock officially filed for divorce from Aaron Tredwell, her husband of three years, citing irreconcilable differences. The news was first reported by TheBlast.com yesterday.
“Aaron and I have decided to part. I’m grateful for the years we shared and will look back on them fondly. I appreciate your well wishes as we continue onward separately with enduring reverence,” Mock shared in an exclusive statement to Out.
The two met in 2009 and her first memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path To Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, published in 2014, detailed her childhood, teenage years, and gender transition as told to Tredwell prior to their marriage. It lives on as one of few popular and positive depictions of a trans woman navigating love with a happy ending.
Later that year, Tredwell proposed and they set course for a stunning and glamorous Hawaiian wedding near her hometown of Honolulu. The images were exclusively released to BRIDES, giving the wider world a glimpse of a fairytale love story for a trans woman of color.
Mock penned an accompanying essay, sharing this sentiment: “Though a wedding doesn't make a marriage, being able to show up and declare our commitment in front of the people we love meant everything to us. The whole day was a statement on the transformative power of being seen for who you really are and being loved not despite your past and experiences but because of it.”
Just three years later, Mock published a second memoir, Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me, and publicly revealed that she had been married before meeting Tredwell in 2009.
Though the marriage has ended, there’s still so much love out there for Mock to receive. Last year, she broke ground as the first trans woman of color to write and direct an episode of television for the watershed FX series, Pose. The show has proven to be a favorite this Awards Season, racking up wins at the American Film Institute Awards and the Dorian Awards. And yesterday, Mock was named the 2019 Artist of the Year for Harvard University for her work in media, television, and activism.
With a career that only continues to flourish and a supportive community behind her, there’s no doubt Mock will continue to thrive and provide new possibilities for marginalized people.