Why do we care about celebrity breakups?

Celebrity breakups can be especially painful, even though you probably don't know them personally, but since they're in the public eye they appear to have perfect relationships.

Emily Treadgold

There are certain celebrity couples that we think will never break up: Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum were one of them. 


The world was shocked when they announced their separation. Was it because they just seemed so perfect and beautiful? Fans cant help but feel attached to their relationship and feel like they knew them.


This isn't too unfamiliar. When Christ Pratt and Anna Faris broke up, people all over social media were exclaiming that love was dead and there was no hope for us. Every year another dream couple breaks up, and were crushed again. But why?

This generation can acquire so much information about celebrities that they essentially do know them. We watch interviews about famous duos gushing about one another, look at sweet Instagram posts, and feel like theyre #relationshipgoals. We also hold them up on a pedestal. Celebrities are the top of society, and people strive to be like them, so when that perfect image falls apart, it can be upsetting.


The Chicago Tribune talked to psychologist James Houran about the effect celebrity breakups have on us. 


"These people are successful, and from the point of view of evolutionary psychology, the general population tries to copy the people (who) are most successful in an attempt to be successful themselves," he said.

When something happens to a celebrity, it can either depress or motivate us. Broken hearts, bad breakups are something that anyone can relate to and if it can happen to beautiful, successful people like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, then what hope do the rest of us have? It plays on those underlying psychological currents."

James Houran
The Chicago Tribune

Typically, if these two beautiful people that are rich and successful cant make it work, how can normal people stay together?


ManRepeller.com spoke with psychologist Arianna Brandolini dAdda about the phenomenon, who said, "When something negative happens to these individuals we love and admire, whom were emotionally invested in, and whom we place on a pedestal of perceived and maybe-one-day-I-can-attain-it-too perfection, we can feel intense sadness and personal loss."


That's why you saw your friends tweeting that they were more upset by Faris and Pratt than their own parents or someone they personally knew. Celebrities aren't supposed to have real problems; they're supposed to be perfect.