Celebrity marriage vows are considered to have shorter expiration dates than “till death do us part.” The public criticizes such celebrity commitment as the announcements of Hollywood stars break up, divorce and remarry are publicized.
However, the commitments portrayed in Hollywood relationships are no different than our reality. Like celebrities, we have marriages that fail, marriages that last and we also don’t shy away from having more than one marriage.
Recently, star Robin Williams tied the knot with graphic designer Susan Schneider.
This makes it Williams’ third trip down the aisle after his second marriage of 19 years ended in divorce in 2008.
Again, this is no obscurity from our non-Hollywood lifestyles, as we have all experienced or known someone who has married more than once.
Despite the perceived view of Hollywood relationships, there are many celebrity marriages that endure. This includes John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and even Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.
These marriages have all been tested with the expected rumors stardom comes with, as well as the ordinary issues relationships face.
However, they have proved to understand commitment.
The public views celebrity marriages as less committed because the scandals celebrities face are what attract our attention. Just as our friends’ and families’ issues are better gossip than how in love and solid their relationships are.
Currently, we are left to see how Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore’s marriage will conclude after Kutcher allegedly cheated. The media is waiting for the divorce announcements, because a failed marriage sells better.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ 72-day marriage is what the media was craving. The announcement, which came on Halloween, was quickly dubbed by the media as a fairytale turned nightmare.
When it was announced that Williams had been remarried, the public wondered, “How long will this one last?” instead of focusing on the fact that Schneider may be the one he is meant to commit to.
After 19 years of marriage that Williams shared with his second wife, Marsha Garces, you can conclude that staying with a significant other for that amount of time shows that there was commitment, despite the ending.
If we were to take a step back from our judgements we could see that our commitments in marriage “for better or for worse” are not too far from what’s perceived of celebrity commitment, whether it ends because of scandals or lasts because of true love.