Think of any celebrity married couple and you have probably also thought
of a couple that has
divorced, or will eventually. From famous celebrity divorce cases that caught the
nation’s attention, like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, to the most
recent entries on the “not-happily-ever-after” list, like
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, it does seem that celebrities are divorcing
at a rate even higher than the already-dramatic 50% divorce rate experienced
by the rest of the country. But why is that? What is it about stardom
that apparently makes a marriage so hard to maintain?
Outside Pressures from Society
“Heavy is the head that wears the crown.” This phrase used
to be reserved for monarchy but nowadays it applies more to celebrities.
Getting to the top of Hollywood means being under the judging eyes of
peers and the public at all times. When a celebrity makes a mistake, they
are heavily scrutinized and condemned. When a celebrity does something
right, they are
still going to be lambasted by one group or another.
All of the consistent pressure to be perfect has been known to wear down
on the best of celebrities in a variety of ways. While some turn to drug
use or outright leave the United States for a year or two, others undoubtedly
take the negativity and inadvertently turn it towards their loving spouse.
If a celebrity is married to another celebrity, the damage can be doubled.
With this in mind, it is almost a surprise some high-profile celebrity
marriages last even a couple months.
With the public’s constant watch on celebrities, it is also worth
noting that the celebrity divorce rate might appear to be so high since
we get wind of virtually every single divorce that is filed. Half of your
neighborhood might be filing for divorce right now but you wouldn’t
know – and probably wouldn’t care – since those people
are out of plain sight, enjoying their private lives. Celebrities don’t
really have that luxury, so when things go south, we all find out sooner
Egos & Entitlement
To live comfortably in the lime light, it takes a certain amount of self-confidence
and ego. After all, if everyone around you told you daily that you were
the best under the sun, you’d start to believe it, too. You might
even start to feel entitled to the finer things in life and shy away from sharing.
It certainly cannot be said that
all celebrities give into pride, it can safely be said that many of them do.
As marriage counselors from coast-to-coast can attest, pride is poison
to a healthy relationship when it comes in large doses. Once again, marriages
that include two famous people, a destructive pride-versus-pride competition
can become seated in the home, making the marriage almost destined to fail.
Smart Solutions for Celebrities Filing for Divorce
At The Graves Law Firm, our Pasadena divorce lawyer can manage
high net worth divorces for celebrity couples that want to keep matters clean and simple. We also
have the ability to explore
mediation options, which will keep most of the divorce process entirely private and out
of the courtroom, keeping the paparazzi and the press guessing. To learn
more your legal options and our services, whether you are a celebrity or not,
contact us online or call