Commentary: Katy Perry, Russell Brand fail America with failed marriage
Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 23:01
Courtesy of MCT
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez,
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, and Russell Brand and Katy Perry are
examples of once-married celebrity couples who ended their marriages
during the past year.
Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher,
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony: At the beginning of last year, these
pairs were some of Hollywood's most powerful and happy couples. America
has painfully watched as each couple has separated sometime during the
In the most recent divorce, the most heartbreaking in my opinion, Katy
Perry and ex-beau Russell Brand decided to end their 14-month marriage
after Brand filed for divorce on Dec. 31, citing irreconcilable
It really makes me wonder if Hollywood weighs on these marriages or if
the institution of marriage is just being abused by those in the
limelight. Everyone has his or her own opinion concerning Humphries' and
Kardashian's 72-day marriage, which cost about $10 million. The highly
publicized wedding raked in about 4.2 million viewers, earning the
couple an estimated profit of around $17 million.
Then again, we have couples like Moore and Kutcher, whose marriage
lasted six years. After rumors swirled of Kutcher cheating on Moore with
blonde bombshell Sara Leal, the two split in November.
In perhaps one of the most shocking splits of the year, J-Lo and
Anthony parted ways in July, leaving 3-year-old twins Max and Emme with
separated parents. The two seemed to be one of Hollywood's most
committed couples. Lopez seemed emotional about the separation, breaking
into tears during a performance in October.
Maybe it's just me, but it seems that some of the highest-profile
couples decided to split in 2011. With the American divorce rate steady
around 50 percent, are the paparazzi embellishing these divorces, or is
the spotlight simply too much for these couples?
Celebrities either need to stop getting married or stop getting
divorced. I feel like there was so much pressure on Kardashian to get
married that she made a square peg fit into a round hole. After
following her for years on "Keeping up With the Kardashians" and
watching her go through men like Reggie Bush, her Australian bodyguard
Shengo and even potential interest Miles Austin, I felt like Humphries
was just another guy.
Her short-lived marriage was a disappointment to many. I personally
believe marriage is what you make of it. I hold marriage to be something
that is sacred: a promise to someone. You don't get married because you
like someone or because you think you do.
Realistically, just because you kind of like someone doesn't mean you
should marry them. Watching all these couples break up is painstaking
for many Americans, and I'm sure divorce isn't easy. So maybe
celebrities should stop taking marriage so lightly and they wouldn't
have to deal with divorce.