Does Celeb Cheating Affect Your Relationship?
Arnold, David, Tiger … should we really be comparing our love lives to those of the stars?
-Meghan Krein, Divine Caroline
Celebrities aren’t just actors, athletes, and politicians. They’re also role models to a lot of people, and naturally those people emulate whichever celebrity they’re oohing and aahing over at the moment. Unfortunately it’s not just the good things that get imitated. So with all of this rampant celebrity cheating that’s been swirling around (ahem, Mr. Letterman and Mr. Woods), I wondered: Does it have an impact on your relationship?
I polled a group of friends to see how, if at all, celebrity cheating makes them view their relationship differently. Most all of them said it doesn’t, but then elaborated a bit. My friend Ann* did not hide her disgust at the amount of women “willingly to have a ‘secret’ sexual relationship with a married man—famous or not.” To her, it seems that the women who get involved with famous married men want a shot at fame. Remember the stripper who outted her “relationship” with Josh Duhamel? After she made the disclosure, she apologetically said something about not wanting to break-up a marriage. Ya right, sweetie. Relish in your fifteen minutes of fame.
And ending a marriage is exactly what crossed my friend Rochelle’s* mind after she caught the latest episode of E!: Was her hubby out playing Tiger with a cougar? “Well, when the media inundates us with all of these stars cheating, I guess I tend to question the stability of my marriage a little … as crazy as that might sound.” Not crazy at all Rochelle. I think it’s normal to analyze your life or take an inventory when you see something amiss out there. It’s kinda like going out to eat with someone and noticing food stuck in their teeth; you have a tendency to run to the nearest mirror and check your own teeth (after you’ve let them know, of course).