If you haven’t been living under a rock you’ve probably heard that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are divorcing.
Was this not the creepiest pairing since Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton? She gushed about having his posters on her wall as a teenager and he jumped around on Oprah’s yellow leather couch declaring his undying love for her.
We watched with bated breath as they announced a baby was on the way and then followed along as they had a multi-million dollar fairytale wedding in a castle. Who lives like that? Well, apparently, TomKat does. There was speculation along the way if Katie really was pregnant or if they were faking the whole thing and some surrogate was holed up in the Cruise mansion waiting to pop out a new Scientology kid. Finally Suri Cruise arrived and the internet was aflutter trying to determine what her name meant…my favorite being “Japanese Pickpocket.”
Now, we are all witnessing the demise of the TomKat marriage. The airwaves are filled with accusations of who did what, said what. Who lives a more outrageous life? Is Tom Cruise really an alien…okay, I threw that in there, but the largest speculation about the Holmes-Cruise marriage is around his devotion to the Church of Scientology. Rumor has it that Katie Holmes is terrified to raise her daughter in a Scientology home and that the ripe age of six is when the real indoctrination begins with the Church.
Reading the headlines, I had to wonder why we, as a society are so FASCINATED by celebrity divorce.
The biggest draw is the “fairytale” most celebrities live. They have opulent homes, wealth beyond measure, vacations, status and so much more, yet even all that insulation against poverty still can not save a marriage. We watch with this sick satisfaction as a celebrity marriage implodes and think just a bit more of our situation. We maybe hug a little longer, kiss a little deeper and we thank our lucky stars that our every move isn’t micro scoped and laid bare for the masses to whisper about.
We love to see the other half trudge through the same problems we have! Fights over where we will live, where our kids will go to school, what religious beliefs we will foster, it makes us feel that we have more in common with them than we previously thought. It is a sliver of glee we experience when we see that celebrities are not immune to the stresses of the blue-collar marriage. The knowledge that just maybe we are a bit better off emotionally than celebrities help us to feel better about our own lot in life.
Celebrity divorce is fascinating because we are given unprecedented access to their lives via the internet, Twitter and Facebook. Even the savviest of stars can be caught in a Twitter scandal, after all, they’re human, aren’t they?
What celebrity marriages fascinate you? What celebrity trend makes you crazy? Why do we care about these things?