Now I didn't set out to do much "gossiping" on this blog...but "gossip" to me is more salacious hearsay than it is facts about celebs. Here are some "breaking news" splits that were announced in the last 24 hours. One is more interesting to me than the other two, you try to guess which that is.
UPDATE 12/14: After posting this last night, this was announced today....
Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds have announced their divorce. They too have been married 2 years, and started dating in 2007. They claim that its with love that they are splitting, although I'm not sure how much I buy that...I do like the part of their statement that says "While privacy isn't expected, its certainly appreciated." And this, mere weeks, after he was announced Sexiest Man Alive. Whatever shall we do ?? :-)
Dexter's 2nd Marriage Dies:
Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter have filed for divorce after less than two years of marriage. It is the second marriage for Michael, who was previously married to a broadway actress who had appeared in a bit part on Six Feet Under. Apparently, he and Jennifer (who play brother and sister on Dexter) have been separated for some time and say it is amicable (although sources on the production say otherwise). Wonder how awkward it will get on the set? Could Dexter ever kill Deb? Or perhaps another serial killer gets her and Dexter has to avenge his sister's death? Perhaps that's jumping the shark.
Break up #2...
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron have broken up! The High School Musicals stars have been dating for (I think) 5 years...which is nuts considering they are only 22/23 so its been a lot of their "childhood." Again, they say its amicable and the relationship simply ran its course.
#3 Elizabeth Hurley files for divorce after news broke of her alleged cheating...Another one who has been separated for a few months. They were married 3 years; before that she was with Hugh Grant for 13 years.
Courtney Cox and David Arquette
Eva Longoria and Tony Parker
Blake Lively and Penn Badgley
Fred Armisen and Elizabeth Moss (after a record breaking 10 months in wedded bliss)
Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus
I used to have a list of 3 or 4 celebrity couples that if they broke up I would genuinely be sad about. There is only one left....William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman. I adore them and hope they're happy.
Kelly Preston and John Travolta -- 18 years
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick -- 22 years
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson -- 22 years
And the ultimate....Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman were married just 4 months shy of 51 years at the time of his death
UPDATE: Bear with me for this comparison, but after my sister-in-law mentioned that of all the groups out there, its celebs that are damaging the image of marriage, I got to thinking. I believe, perhaps, celebrities look at marriage the same way they look at getting on a flight. Let me explain. If the average, everyday American buys a ticket to fly from point A to point B, more often than not, that person feels an obligation to show up at the airport on the day of travel (even if s/he has changed his or her mind). For most "regular" people, its not really a choice, you shell out the money (which is significant) so you go on your trip. BUT for most celebrities, s/he will wake up the day of travel and say (to his or her assistant) "I don't want to go today. Its not ideal. Maybe tomorrow. Cancel my flight." The celeb either doesn't care how much it costs, or more often, someone else paid for the ticket. I think this might be their perception of marriage as well. They go in thinking, "well, if it doesn't work out I'll just get divorced. We don't have kids, we haven't been married long enough to split assets, we have a pre-nup...so really its just paying the lawyer for a day's work and signing some papers." Ok so that's harsh. I highly doubt that any of them go into it wanting or expecting divorce. BUT I do think, like the plane flight, it is too easy for them to end it. It's an option that is there, that is easy, where it isn't to the average person. Most married people, I would think, have to stick it out a bit longer...they think, "well we JUST got married. All our friends and family were there. That party cost a pretty penny, we saved for years to have that wedding...we HAVE to TRY HARDER." I'm willing to bet that most celebs, big or small, don't have those thoughts. Like the flight, they think "I don't want to today, just cancel it."