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7 Celebrity Empty Nesters Who Feel Your Back-To-School Pain

Here's how they're coping.

Summer's nearly over. And for many parents, that means saying goodbye to their 18-year-olds heading off to college. It's the kids' first time being on their own and it's yours too. The good news is, if you're struggling with your newly empty or soon-to-be empty nest, you're not alone. Here are seven celebrities who've dealt with the very same thing -- and how they're coping.

  • Kathie Lee Gifford
    The daytime TV host Kathie Lee Gifford has two children, Cody and Cassidy, who have grown and flown. <a href="http://www.toda
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    The daytime TV host Kathie Lee Gifford has two children, Cody and Cassidy, who have grown and flown. She shared her tips for surviving the big send-off and aftermath on Today, which include baking cookies, closing your kids' bedroom doors and resisting the urge to go inside, keeping yourself busy and having a get-together with other empty nesters to remind yourself you're not in this alone.
  • Rob Lowe
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    In his book, "Love Life," Rob Lowe vividly described the heartbreak of sending his kids off to college. He has two sons, Matthew and John. "Jesus Christ, pull yourself together, man!” I tell myself. "There are parents sending their kids off to battle zones, or putting them into rehabs and many other more legitimately emotional situations, all over our country. How dare I feel so shattered?" 
  • Meredith Vieira
    Meredith Vieira has two sons and one daughter who are all grown up. She says she was pretty shattered when her oldest left fo
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    Meredith Vieira has two sons and one daughter who are all grown up. She says she was pretty shattered when her oldest left for college. But it does get better. "I sometimes feel guilty saying it, but I think the empty nest is great," she said in an interview with Parade. "We did our job, as my husband points out repeatedly. You're supposed to give your children roots and wings, and their roots are firmly planted in the ground and they have a sense of themselves and of place and purpose. They have the ability to fly away from home and to test those wings. It's time for us to sort of recapture our lives and enjoy it and I look forward to that."
  • Susan Sarandon
    Mother-of-three Susan Sarandon was looking forward to the <a href="http://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/145016/Sarandon-lo
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    Mother-of-three Susan Sarandon was looking forward to the empty nest and having more control over her schedule. "The thing is, when you have kids you're such a captive to their school schedule so you get an invite or you want to go someplace or something, you have to be back (by a certain time). I'm very hands on so I have to break that habit," she said.
  • Denis Leary
    The actor Denis Leary, who has two children with his wife Ann, says deep down they couldn't wait for the <a href="http://www.
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    The actor Denis Leary, who has two children with his wife Ann, says deep down they couldn't wait for the nest to empty. "If you have teenagers – their rooms are full of such great stuff," he told WENN. "When I was a kid your room was like dust. We were poor growing up, we didn’t have televisions. My kids have plasma TVs and games and PlayStations and three different game systems and laptops. It’s a blast! My son has guitars in his room – a drum kit… I can’t wait.” Hilarious.   
  • Sigourney Weaver
    A positive outlook is the one thing you need to be able to cope with an empty nest, Sigourney Weaver says. "<span style="colo
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    A positive outlook is the one thing you need to be able to cope with an empty nest, Sigourney Weaver says. "I’m determined not to be one of those mawkish, soppy mothers so I’m determined to be very busy. Plus it’s kind of exciting watching her go out there into the world," she said in an interview with The Telegraph. 
  • Kyra Sedgwick
    Kyra Sedgwick and husband Kevin Bacon have two children and says there's an upside to the empty nest. "There&rsquo;s somethin
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    Kyra Sedgwick and husband Kevin Bacon have two children and says there's an upside to the empty nest. "There’s something to waking up and thinking, ‘What am I doing today?’ instead of, ‘How can I squeeze in what I need to do around their schedules?’" she told Parade. "But hearing my kids walk through the front door saying hello is still the best sound to me," she added. 

 

 

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