Is it a fad, is it a mistake, or are they onto something?
Following hot on the heels of Kaley Cuoco’s whirlwind courtship and engagement to Ryan Sweeting, Glee star Naya Rivera has gotten engaged to her boyfriend, hip hop artist Big Sean. And yes, it’s official—Naya’s rep confirmed the news to JustJared late last night. Congratulations!… But also, hmmmm.
Naya and Sean have been dating for about six months; they made their red carpet debut as a couple back in April at the LA premiere of 42. Kaley and Ryan, meanwhile, had been a couple for a mere three months before they decided they’re ready to tie the knot. And then there’s Scarlet Johansson and her fiancé, Romain Duriac, who have been together for less than a year; and let’s not forget Ashley Tisdale and Christopher French, who got engaged over the summer after about eight months of dating.
Is getting engaged super quickly the new Hollywood trend? A reaction to the Brad PItt and Angelina Jolie school of relationships, perhaps?
I know that there are couples for whom getting married fast worked marvelously well. I also know that in days go by, couples didn’t have the luxury of getting to know a person inside and out (and, y’know, living with them or having sex with them) before getting married. But part of me can’t help but think, gee, how well have all these newly-engaged celeb couples gotten to know each other in the brief amounts of time they’ve been dating? Add to that the grueling work schedule of a career in the entertainment industry, and, well… I don’t know. They all might potentially be headed for disaster. How high is the probability that they’ll tie the knot, then realize a year or two down the line that they didn’t really know each other and aren’t, in fact, good together in the long term?
I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m overly cautious (I can’t imagine spending the rest of my life with someone until I’ve really, REALLY gotten to know them). Maybe I’m just pessimistic. But given how difficult showbiz relationships can be to sustain at the best of times, I’m worried for these guys—and what the larger trend might signal about the state of the entertainment industry. We already know something about it is broken, based on the high number of mental health issues and suicides it seems to play a part in; so what is it doing to how people date or what we perceive relationships as? Or, for that matter, the artists IN those relationships? If our focus is more on who’s dating who than the art they’re creating… something’s kind of off, no?
Then again, it’s not really my place to judge, so maybe I’m out of line. Let’s open the floor: What do you think, Bettys? Are all these super fast engagements troubling, or just par for the course?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
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