On the last episode of her hit TLC show Long Island Medium in December, Theresa Caputo hinted at heartbreak, when she told a close friend about her strained relationship with her husband, saying: “Larry and I have hit a bump in our relationship. And, unfortunately, the truth is we’re considering spending some time apart.”
The pair officially confirmed their decision to split in a joint statement to the press that same month, saying they were separating after 28 years — and two children— together.
Today, the 50-year-old is preparing to let viewers back into her personal life in new episodes of Long Island Medium, which premieres on April 8. In an exclusive interview with GoodHousekeeping.com, Caputo opens up about her relationship with Larry, divorcing in the public eye — and how she’s moving forward.
“We’re in a good place,” she says about her ex-husband. “We’ve taken things day by day and, at the end of the day, we’re okay.”
Caputo’s personal life plays a big part in the new episodes of Long Island Medium. And Larry, who has appeared in past seasons, will remain on the show. In a trailer, Larry, who is currently living in Los Angeles (Caputo still lives in New York), tells his ex: “We can’t go on like this.” And he’s later seen crying during an on-camera confessional.
Caputo gets emotional in new clip, as well. She’s shown on camera confiding in a friend that the hardest thing she’s had to do is “move forward without Larry. That’s my struggle.”
Revealing her emotional journey through the separation on camera was hard, admits Caputo.
She adds, “[We’re] working and finding our place. We’ve been together for a very long time. And people change. We all change. None of us are the same we were 10 years ago, five years ago, regardless of our work or what we’re doing with our lives. We change, as people.”
Caputo says she’s gotten through some of the hardest moments of her split with help from her fans.
One day, while she was out with her father, Nicholas, a man approached Caputo with tears in his eyes. “He said ‘I’m very sorry that you and Larry are going through this, but when we watched you guys, my wife and I looked at each other and we said to each other this is what’s happening to us we are not alone,’” she says. “And right there was my validation again that what I do is so important.”
The man told Caputo that he and his wife had started going to therapy. “At the end of the day, regardless of what happens to that couple, it was at least that feeling of ‘Oh my God, yes other people do go through this,’ and for me it just goes to show how Long Island Medium helps people,” she says. “What we do as a family [can help] people feel that they’re not alone.
“We really feel truly blessed that we have such amazing fans and the support we’ve gotten is just amazing.”
As Caputo navigates life without her husband, she says it’s as important as ever to separate her professional life from her personal one. “When I work, I have to clear out my personal thoughts, feelings and emotions,” she says. “It’s something that I always do.”
Once her mind is empty, Caputo is ready to work. “Then I can take on the emotions of the soul that I’m channeling and the person that I’m reading,” she explains. “It is hard to go into work having a tough day, but once I start working it’s all about my work and spirits just kind of clear everything out for me.
“That’s the way it’s always been.”
Since the split, Caputo has busied herself with the new Long Island Medium episodes, which will feature celebrities like Melissa Etheridge, Robert Patrick, Jillian Michaels, and Tituss Burgess. TLC will also follow her on a tour around the country as she performs live shows. There’s an “especially exciting” reading, says Caputo, on New York’s beautiful Fire Island.
As for everything else we can expect? Well, we’ll just have to stay tuned.