Celebrity Relationship: Romance or Publicity Stunt?

 

They are many sacrifices one makes in order to become famous. One of those sacrifices is privacy. Depending on their status, a celebrity can attract quite a number of paparazzi at any time, usually when they least expect it. However, some celebrities use this publicity as a means to be recognized, to be remembered, and to get the most people watching their every move.

 

We see them in the tabloids, on the news, and on radio broadcasts. We don’t just know them by the character that they play on that one show or as the singer of the biggest hit right now. What really makes an entertainer nowadays is the show they perform when they’re not on the set or on stage.

 

For example, who’s the power couple of the year? Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, the two people no one would ever believe got together unless they saw it themselves (and probably still not believe it). In just a matter of months, they divorced their also famous spouses, judged a popular singing competition, and got together. Meanwhile, they are both boosting their own careers by hosting award shows and creating albums, both of which probably wouldn’t be successful if their love wasn’t opened up to the public.

 

Similarly, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s on and off relationship most likely inspired their latest music, both of which are extraordinarily popular, specifically to those who can pick up on the hints. Not to mention cringe-worthy and heart-stopping romances like Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, and, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, both of which were involved both on the screen and in real life for quite a few years and at one point or another broke up just to get back together.

 

I remember how excited I was when I heard that Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert got engaged, disappointed when they divorced and shocked when Blake and Gwen became a couple. I remember watching Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus when their careers first started on Disney Channel and hearing about them today just brings me back to those days when I didn’t really have much else to think about. I remember shaking my head at Jackie and Michael on That 70’s Show — Hyde was so much better for Jackie. Seeing all of these people just living their lives, you can really see how their careers and the people that they’ve had relationships with have affected them.

 

It’s just like watching a reality show—we just can’t tell if it’s real or not. It’s all too crazy to be true.

 

What’s even more crazy is how we, their fans, are actually part of this drama. It’s like we were also taken on this ride with them, thinking one thing, and then something drastic changed everything and we feel so involved we feel a smidgen of what these celebrities might feel. We feel like we know them, without knowing them!

 

Rebecca Szabo

Rebecca Szabo graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. Her main goal is to write science fiction and contemporary fiction novels. In her free time, she likes to read multiple genres, including science fiction, the classics, and young adult fiction.

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