I am going to give letters to some people to make this less confusing.
M - my riding instructor
C - other guy I know
E - close friend of my riding instructor, works with C
In the past 24 hours, C was told by E that M was going through a rough patch in his marriage and is filing for divorce. E told C not to spread the word. C told me this, and some of the reasons why but I don't feel I need to repeat that part here. C also told me not to tell anyone I know anything about this.
A few months ago, I switched to M as my riding instructor. I have only been learning under him for a few months, but I greatly admire him as a person and as a horseman. I feel like he is more of a grandparent to me than any of my biological grandparents. Both sets of my grandparents are divorced and niether of those really bothered me when they happened. But I just can't stop thinking about M's divorce. And I get a gut wrenching feeling in my stomach thinking about it. I know I shouldn't tell him I know about it, even if he does tell me about it. And I'm not going to. But does anyone have any sugesstions or words to help put me at ease?