Woman gives marriage a rocket

Last updated 09:26 19/09/2012
Wedding ring rocket
FAITHFUL FRIEND: The rocket with crafty dog, Xabu, in a screen shot from the YouTube video.

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Sorry Stephen, it would appear your marriage is truly over. That's judging by the lengths one Christchurch woman went to, to dispose of her ring and call time on their four year marriage.

Rebecca Gibbs found a novel way to gain closure on a toxic marriage - by placing her wedding ring in a home made rocket adorned with flames and a baby Simba from The Lion King, and firing it up into space.

Gibbs documented her foray into space on YouTube.

She said it was an uplifting experience.

"It was an uplifting, liberating and it was really supposed to be a positive step, which it was. It was also a lot of fun blasting a rocket into the sky," she said.

Her ex-husband, Stephen Page, lives in the United Kingdom, and when her marriage fell apart over a year ago, Gibbs returned to New Zealand.

"I found when I came back I had so much stuff left from our life and wedding I had to get rid of, so mum and friends helped, and I gave away my wedding dress, but I was left with this ring and I didn't really know what to do with it."

It was her new partner's brother, who is a rocket scientist, that came up with the idea of shooting it into space.

"I just thought that was awesome, and it was a really liberating experience for me, and while it was for me, it was also for him, to let him know it was completely over."

She had still be receiving emails from her ex for more than a year after they had split, pleading to get back together.

The video shows her painting the rocket with the help of her dog, Xabu, and then heading to the launch pad and blasting the ring into the sky. The video was uploaded to YouTube yesterday, but the launch was carried out last week.

With the help of a couple of people close to her, they launched the ring into space from a concrete pad at Birdlings Flat in Banks Peninsula. It's unclear how far the ring got, but a second blast in the sky appeared to give the rocket a another wind of propulsion through the atmosphere.

Set to a backing track of Beyonce's Best Thing I Never Had, words written on the screen offer a glimpse into how their marriage deteriorated.

Gibbs alluded to a number of issues but refrained from going into details - saying "Stephen, this is for you".

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