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Is Revenge Worth $250,000 and Public Embarrassment?

When you break up with someone, there are certain accepted steps. Acceptance, Grief, Anger, Self-Improvement, Forgiveness, etc., etc., etc. Usually, we like to mix it up a little bit with standard variations like Gin, Focusing on His/Her Faults, Sleeping Around, and Eating Our Feelings. But even we have never gone as far as YaVaughnie Wilkins, who spent an estimated $250,000 on billboards across the country touting her eight-year relationship with Oracle president Charles Phillips. The relationship, of course, was over — but Wilkins couldn't apparently handle the fact that after eight years, Phillips dumped her to go back to his wife, whom he'd never officially divorced. There are a whopping three separate billboards here in New York, in addition to one in Atlanta and one in San Francisco, where Phillips — who is also a member of Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board — is currently living.

The billboards (if you want to check one out, head to 52nd and Broadway) bear the slogan "You are my soulmate forever — cep" and direct viewers to a website that Wilkins developed as an homage to the couple's relationship. The site, www.charlesphillipsandyavaughniewilkins.com, was apparently a treasure trove of pictures and a testament to the couple's relationship. It's down now, but Gawker managed to save many of the best parts.

We'd qualify setting up a revenge website as at least on the fringe of the standard variations of the breakup process. But the quarter-million-dollar billboards? This sets a whole new bar. Imagine how much more fun she'd have had if she'd spent the 250k on Sleeping Around and Eating Her Feelings??

Oracle President Admits to Affair With Woman From Mystery Billboards [Gawker]
Jilted mistress proclaims love for exec ex with billboard [NYP]

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