Brangelina’s End Shouldn’t Come as a Surprise

Another Hollywood marriage bites the dust. The Brangelina split, however, sideswiped those of us who track these things, because there were absolutely no hints. Usually we get a little clue here, or a whiff of trouble there. An Us Weekly story about a tense lunch or a People magazine report that somebody is looking for … Continued


We’re All Losers in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Divorce

Now that the Olympics are over, we can all get back to the competition that Americans really care about—that is, the blood sport that is celebrity divorce. Ratings for the Rio games were down 17 percent from the 2012 games in London, possibly because we were all caught up with the heart-stopping Johnny Depp/Amber Heard … Continued


Ben Affleck, Jen Garner, and the Soul Mate Myth

  Let’s hope Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher don’t think of each other as soul mates. If the two—who married last week after dating for the past few years and having a daughter—do embrace the “soul mates” label, they’re in for a rude awakening. Because soul mates—the idea that there is one other person out … Continued

Celebrities, Culture

Getting Divorced “For the Kids” Is a Mistake

Question: What is the common denominator of nearly every celebrity divorce? Answer: Some comment or reference to the kids. Some variation on, “we are doing it for the kids,” or “we are focusing on our kids right now,” or, “we are more committed than ever to our children.” In Jewel’s disappointing divorce statement, in which … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Robin Thicke Takes the High Road

Poor Robin Thicke. His latest album Paula is a certified flop, selling a measly 24,000 units in the United States its debut week. Coming after his highly successful Blurred Lines, which sold 177,000 units its debut week in July 2013, this is no doubt quite a surprise to the soft-voiced R&B singer. What’s interesting is … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Dealing With the Post-Breakup Blues

You’ve probably heard the news that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez split up. While teenage girls everywhere were probably delighted to learn of this development, one thing is for sure: Bieber and Gomez, the erstwhile young lovers, are now coping with post-breakup life. Breaking up is hard–especially when you’re young and especially when you’re in … Continued