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From Divorce to ‘Frozen’: 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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