What is it about Hollywood break-ups that feed the secret voyeur that lives in some if not all us?
Looking back at 2012, America was faced with the breakup of some major Hollywood stars and even experienced a false alarm when one couple threw in the towel temporarily after a cheating scandal was uncovered. What is it about Hollywood break-ups that feed the secret voyeur that lives in some if not all us? In general, I was totally unaffected by the news that Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson called it quits after she allegedly cheated only to get back together again very shortly thereafter *sigh*.
However, I did go through roughly a week's worth of mourning when I heard about Heidi Klum and Seal’s semi-sour ending and ultimate split. I still experience a sudden rush of sadness when I see Paparazzi pics of Heidi with her bodyguard boyfriend and her kids. But why? Heidi and Seal, Kristen and Robert, none of these people or their relationships have a thing to do with me and my life. When it comes down to it, I think we look at celebrity relationships as examples of what our own should or will be. Some of us tend to place stars on a pedestal making the misguided assumption that somehow the money and fame equates to a happiness that supersedes our own.
As a result, when it all comes crashing down publicly for them, it strikes fear in the hearts of us common folk as we pose the question: if Kimora Lee and Russell couldn’t do it with millions, will my marriage make it through with far less? Truth be told, you may have a better shot at lasting love than would a Hollywood A-lister rolling in the dough. Work on mastering your own relationship and you may come to find that true love can't be bought or sold.
Words by Sid Powell
Sid Powell is the NAACP-nominated screenplay writer of 'Somebody's Child', a mother of two, and the owner of SIDPo Productions. Read more about how SIDPo Productions is 'Changing Everything' at www.sidpoproductions.com.