Why Most Celebrity Marriages Don’t Work (And Yours Does!)
**This is an excerpt for an article I wrote this week for Popsugar.com.**
I must admit, my heart broke a little bit when Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce from Lamar Odom. I’d sent her an advanced copy of my book to her home, Happy Wives Club, just days before the news broke of his infidelities. Talk about bad timing!
And still, even though the guy clearly had issues and put her through the wringer, there was a part of me that hoped he’d get his act together, come back begging, she’d accept him and all would once again be well in the Odom household.
When Brad and Jennifer broke up (I know, I’m reaching back pretty far), I proudly staked my claim with Team Aniston. But in my heart, I hoped Brad would come crawling back and they’d reconcile. A sentiment, for some odd reason, I held on to for . . . ahem . . . nearly a decade.
I’ve got a soft spot for celebrity marriages and if I could keep them all together I would for one simple reason. When every magazine splashes across their front cover the demise of another celebrity marriage, there are “regular” people who are holding on to their marriage by a thread, who at that very moment choose to give up.
We see ourselves in the lives of those we admire and if their marriages can’t work — with all the glitz, glamour and fame — how can ours?
It’s simple. Most celebrity marriages aren’t built to last. But here’s the good news. You and I aren’t celebrities so we’ve got a much greater shot at creating our very own happily ever after.
Most celebrity marriages don’t work because of this very simple fact: The spotlight melts any and everything that gets in its way. We build them up, place them on pedestals, and then watch in amusement as they attempt to live up to the lives we’ve created for them.
Couples like Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson or Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan (both married 25 years) are rarer in Hollywood than a bankable movie star these days. But in watching and listening to them, we can learn a lot about what it takes to make a marriage work (even under the most strenuous circumstances).
**Please join me at Popsugar.com today where I had the honor of writing the remainder of this article.
Until Monday…make it a great weekend!
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