Not every relationship is the same. Every couple, whether they are celebrities or regular folks like you and me, has to go through their own set of ups and downs. So why is it that when we see a new Hollywood couple's dating or marriage gossip in the tabloids, we automatically assume they might break up in the near future? Does that have anything to do with the fact that we have witnessed countless celebrity break ups, and are somehow sure that the relationship will end in some time? Even though the answers may seem believable and quite frankly, true to a certain level, celebrity relationships are more likely to end up badly.
If you don't believe me, think about the celebrity breakups stats for a second. In United States, as more and more couples bind themselves in holy matrimony, the divorce rates are rising as well; close to 50%. However, when we talk about celebrity marriages, that number rises at an astounding 70 to 80%; quite a huge difference when you think about it. Nearly everyday, we read and watch news on a new celebrity hookup and/or breakup. Now, I'm not saying that all those paparazzi news are accurate or faulty. However, they do seem to bring forth the uncertain personal lives of the celebrities. No matter what we do or think about their personal love lives, we will witness perhaps many more famous celebrity couples following the road to much-publicized breakups. But that still doesn't answer our question on why celebrity couples break up in the first place. If I'm not being too bold into saying this, but I have some theories in mind which I would love to share with you all.
Reasons for Short-lived Celebrity Marriages and Courtships
As of November 2011, the latest and most popular celebrity break up is that of newlywed Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. The entire world witnessed their 'very public' union (which lasted 72 days) and news of their split. However big of a shock this latest celebrity news may be, there were some skeptics who predicted just that. But the point is, how is it possible that more and more celebrities are either separating or giving each other a divorce. Surely there has to be some explanation to this. Is there?
Constantly Away Due to Work Commitments
Since we are talking about celebrities, it's obvious to point out that their work keeps them on their toes, at all times. Right from filming for movies, television shows, or any other work commitments, spending time with one another can be difficult. When career is put before a relationship, due to hectic schedule, things can get a bit messy. Needless to say, this can bring about instances of infidelity, boredom, insecurity, etc. (it's quite common). When being away becomes a regular ordeal, stretching the relationship can seem pointless. And thus, the decision to 'end it all' pops in.
Wanted a Wedding, Not the Marriage
For those married celebrity couples who decide to part ways, their ideology of getting married is to live in the dreamland. Let me explain in detail. When a celebrity couple decides to get married, a possible reason could be that they are attracted towards the idea of a gorgeous wedding day. However, when that day passes, marriage becomes a full-time job. The idea of living a normal married life, as compared to a dream celebrity wedding-marriage, becomes too much to handle. Not wanting to endure the responsibilities and make some sacrifices that are included, many celebrity couples simply panic and want to quit.
The Laws of Attraction Changed
It happens to many of us; same can be said about our celebrity couples. What once felt like a deep, physical attraction, now it has taken a course of fizzling away. Losing interest from the 'object of desire' is very common and that can be one of the reasons of celebrity breakups. It may sound selfish to some of you, but think about it logically. This can happen to anyone of us as well. It isn't just that celebrities are prone towards this fate.
The 'Fun' Factor is Missing
We've heard this one before, "we both wanted different things out of life", "our interests changed", "we grew apart", "it's not working anymore", or "we need to find ourselves as individuals first". The point is, when did anyone say that this was going to be easy? Relationships are never easy and they require constant efforts from the couple. The initial attraction phase dies and perhaps, takes the relationship along with it. Not knowing each other properly, or not being able to give each other time to know who the other person really is, can be the culprit. Fun from that relationship disappears. And so, when things don't work out the way they are supposed to, the decision to separate sounds quite tempting.
Constant Media and Paparazzi Attention
No, I'm not insinuating that paparazzi have anything to do with a celebrity couple breaking up. What their involvement in any couples' lives is that their constant need to photograph and capture couples can play a role. How, you ask? Let me explain. Let me just divert the topic for a little while. There are millions of couples, married and/or dating around the world. However, their love lives aren't being publicly talked about every single minute. On the contrary, celebrities come into the spotlight even if they sneeze. Which is why, when we pick up a tabloid magazine or switch to the entertainment channel on our televisions, all we see are reports on which couple's relationship went kaput. So, even though this may not be the reason behind why celebrities break up so often, it's safe to say that we keep getting updates on a regular basis.
Temptations Testing Their Loyalty Toward One Another
We all have heard, read, and watched it on television that some celebrity couples break up because infidelity has penetrated into their relationships. Just take the examples of Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren (Tiger Woods cheated on his wife), Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar (allegedly Elizabeth Hurley cheated on her husband), Sandra Bullock and Jesse James (Jesse James cheated on his wife), Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon (Ryan Phillippe cheated on his wife), Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley (Hugh Grant cheated on his girlfriend), and Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards (Charlie Sheen cheated on his wife); just to name a few. Okay, I know that this seems like a biased list, but that wasn't my intention at all. Slip-ups are possible and many celebrities have proven it to be true. As their profession keeps them surrounded with beautiful people, on a regular basis, infidelity is not out of the question. And if such an instance occurs, paparazzi isn't far behind to publish it for our enjoyment. So when one of the partners catches the other in the act, it all goes downhill from there.
Breaking Up Is Easier
When every tried and tested rule is followed, and still things don't seem to fall into place, breaking up is the only feasible option. To come to think of it, perhaps it is because these celebrities are always so busy, and finding quality time to mend a relationship might not be possible. Of course, no one can be absolutely sure as to what exactly goes on in the life of a celebrity. However, we can only wonder. And in the end, when things just don't work out and break up is the only option, all it leaves is the hope of finding happiness, romance, security, and love in another relationship.
Even though we have spoken about the ups and downs in the lives of celebrity relationships, I can't help but mention that these 'reasons' or 'issues' come up in our lives as well. So what if they are celebrities and always in the limelight. Just because their lives are appealing to us doesn't mean they don't have their own personal lives to lead. People involve themselves in relationships, and they break up. What we need to keep in mind is that even celebrities have lives, they fall in love, can have absolutely chaotic lives, and make mistakes in the matters of the heart. Since their lives are invariably questioned and in the limelight, it might be tough to hold on to someone and just make it work.