When the Internet told me that Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are splitting after nine years of marriage, I audibly gasped.
Celebrities are the population at large that we hear about when it comes to break ups (not Jane & John Doe so much unless they're our personal friends or next-door neighbors) so let's run down the list of post 50 celebs who bailed out of relationships after 15 -- or more -- years together.
While settling a divorce that quickly in Hollywood -- or anywhere for that matter -- would normally be a "mission impossible," Holmes and Cruise did it in record time.
Will Tom Cruise decide that it's more important to be a devoted dad or a disciple of Scientology? Katie Holmes may force him to choose.
Now that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have dissolved their mutually beneficial union, where do they go from here? Nowhere but up. One of the things the American consumer of celebrity loves even more than a love story is a reinvention.
Tom Cruise may have been -- and still is -- a handsome, rich superstar and a gorgeous guy who starred in your Top Gun bedroom poster, but Katie Holmes and all the women out there have to marry the real man and not a fictionalized man of your dreams.
The Today Show just went through a divorce. Based on statistics, the scene which played out on our television screens was familiar to more than half the viewing audience. It was to me.
What can average citizens learn from the divorce mistakes of the rich and famous?
Celebrity marriage is almost oxymoronic if not just moronic and we don't need a study to tell us that. What we do need is to learn from the flawed foundations of famous marital flameouts so we, and who knows maybe some celebrities, can avoid becoming sudden bachelors (again).
I'll admit, celebrity gossip magazines are a fun way to waste some time at the hair salon, but I don't put much stock in their verity. Nevertheless, there is one truth about Demi that I can state with absolute confidence. She can find love again.
When you put two outsize egos together in one marriage, the combination can be combustible.
There are universal challenges inherent in all separating families -- challenges not related to the size of a family bank account. The most important challenge, of course, is addressing the well-being of children before, during and after the split.
For all of us still showing up to marriage class (some of us more prepared than others) taking tests, failing quizzes, learning new things or bored with the same old material, remember that as sure as the sun will set on this day, life is guaranteed to change.
The "wives" and "girlfriends" transformed the idea of fame because it no longer requires any skill or talent -- fame is about popularity and name (a.k.a. brand) recognition. Or perhaps the skill these women possess is getting noticed.
At this rate, the Indian tourism ministry is going to have to start including a health warning and a loyalty card with wedding permits.
To have a break up you must first be in a relationship. Well, there certainly was one between Kim Kardashian and her fans.