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Idina Menzel’s Roller Coaster Year

Idina Menzel’s Roller Coaster Year

Idina Menzel is still riding the success of the past year. The songstress made her triumphant return to Broadway in If/Then, starred in Frozen, the top-grossing animated film of all time, and her song “Let It Go” from the film has quite literally become a culture phenomenon.

But, when ET Special Correspondent Jessica Shaw sat down with the 43-year-old, she shared that not everything has been so rosy in her life.

“This whole year has been professionally rewarding and fantastic,” she admits. “Personally [it has been] a little more challenging and that is the way of life.”

While promoting her new holiday album, Holiday Wishes, Idina opened up about her split from Taye Diggs after 10 years of marriage and how she balanced that with her tremendous career successes.

“Thank God I have music and a play that I am in on Broadway, If/Then, every single night actually is a really great opportunity for me to work through some of the emotions that I have.”

It’s through music and her new album, out now, that she has also overcome her feelings on the holiday season.

“My experience with the holidays has kind of wavered,” Idina told ET. “My parents announced they were getting a divorce on Thanksgiving Day.”

But Idina says these days she has found a new appreciation for the season thanks to her 5-year-old son Walker with Diggs.

“But now that I have a son I am sort of rewriting history and rediscovering the holidays through his eyes,” she said.

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(Em)Power Breakfast Pictures

Idina attended the 2014 (Em)Power Breakfast earlier today where she was one of the honorees. Here’s some info about the event. Click the thumbnails below to see pictures.

On October 15, 2014, more than 600 guests joined us in celebrating the more than 2,200 girls served by The Young Women’s Leadership Schools (TYWLS) in New York City this year.

The 2014 (Em)Power Breakfast honored our students and their achievements. We are grateful to this year’s honorees for representing the confidence and determination we cultivate in every TYWLS girl. The 2014 Breakfast honored:

+ Idina Menzel, Tony Award-winning Broadway star and Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated singer
+ Dina Powell, President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Global Head of the Office of Corporate Engagement, and Head of Goldman Sachs Bank USA’s Urban Investment Group
+ Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author
And “The Man We Love:” Andrew Farkas – Chairman and CEO of Island Capital Group

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And more from yesterday, here’s a short video from the Holiday Wishes Signing

‘Holiday Wishes’ Release Day Round-Up

‘Holiday Wishes’ Release Day Round-Up

Barnes&Noble Signing Pictures

More pictures will be uploaded later

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‘Holiday Wishes’ Trailer

TIME Interview

Fun interview, definitely worth the read. Click to read

And don’t forget to take a look at Idina’s new Official Site!

Idina Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Idina Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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