‘Cheer’ Coach Monica Aldama Reveals How She and Her Husband Saved Their Marriage After Divorcing in 2006

Monica Aldama went from being a small-town coach to a TV star almost overnight. Netflix’s hit reality show Applaud made Aldama famous and gave her the opportunity to share some of the important lessons she learned along the way. One of the bits of wisdom Coach Aldama learned came from her difficult divorce from her husband, Chris.

‘Cheer’ made Monica Aldama famous

by Netflix Applaud cast: Andy Cosferent, Gabi Butler, Jerry Harris, Monica Aldama, Chris Aldama, Morgan Simianer, TT Barker, Lexi Brumback and Austin Aldama in January 2020 | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Spotify

In early 2020, Netflix launched a series about a competitive cheer squad at a junior college in Corsicana, a small town in Texas. Amid a global pandemic and quarantine period, many viewers fell in love with Navarro’s head coach, Monica. She is clearly dedicated to the sport and the young adults she works with. But critics think she may be too hard on them.

Some viewers have been concerned about the number of injuries the athletes have suffered and that Aldama may have pushed them in dangerous ways. “I don’t like to disappoint, I am a pleasure,” Aldama told the Guardian. “So to see the perception people had of me was shocking. I worked so hard to get everything right, and I have a big heart for these kids.

Being on the show put her in the public eye during tough times, such as Applaud star Jerry Harris is arrested and charged with producing child pornography. Although it was difficult for Aldama to be criticized, she also heard many fans asking for advice on relationship issues. So she decided to answer their questions directly.

Monica Aldama details her marriage and divorce in her 2022 memoir

In early 2022, Aldama released a memoir, Full Out: Life and Leadership Lessons From America’s Favorite Coach. According to Us Weekly, the book touches on many areas of her life, including her divorce.

Aldama married her high school sweetheart, Chris Aldama, in 1994. They had two children together before divorcing in 2006. But unlike many estranged couples, that wasn’t the end of their marriage. Monica and Chris reconciled the following year and eventually remarried. She’s open about the issues that kept them apart.

“Having babies can be one of the hardest times of your life. You don’t sleep. You worry. I was working a lot while we were trying to raise these young children. And our marriage suffered,” a writes Aldama in her book, “It can be easy to forget to take care of each other. In 2006, things came to a head: we got divorced.”

Aldama stresses the importance of responsibility

Recently, Aldama spoke with Dax Shepard on his podcast Expert Armchair. One of the things she discussed was about the importance of holding yourself accountable for your mistakes. The fifties even gave the example of her divorce.

“I even talk in the book that my husband and I divorced and then remarried,” she said. “…Sometimes we treat the people we love the most badly when we are stressed. And so you start – or at least we started scoring. Who did the dishes, who picked up the kids – instead of being there for each other like they should be.

A big part of mending their relationship was Aldama admitting his role in the breakup.

“I took ownership of it,” she explained. “Just let me take this moment to really take the time I need to work on myself. That’s how I’ve always looked at him.” Obviously, in his marriage as well as in his professional life, Aldama managed to admit his failures.

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