The American public seems to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with celebrities; sometimes we adore them (Sandra Bullock), sometimes we find them self-righteous and beyond arrogant (Donald Trump) and sometimes we don't, for the life of us, understand at all what they are famous for (Paris Hilton and EVERY single Kardashian). In other words, we judge them; an act that, at its root, is innately unfair. We don't even, after all, actually know them.
Public opinion and fame have always been a package deal, one can argue that the famous know that going in. They are also more than fairly compensated for the judgments they endure; the local bartender who goes off on an anti-Semitic rant will never be put under the scrutiny of Mel Gibson, but the local bartender doesn't have a career that has netted him 600 million dollars either. In fact, the very definition of fame which (most) celebrities have voluntarily pursued (the condition of being known or talked about by many people, especially on account of notable achievements) warns of judgment. When people assume to know others, they can't help but add their opinion.
Still, no matter what we think of them, celebrities are real people, and not one is infallible or perfect. They make mistakes just like us, and, often they are forced to make difficult and life changing decisions.
Sometimes these decisions, to the public, seem ridiculous. The decision to maliciously steal a role from a best friend, the decision to wear a swan dress to the 73rd Academy Awards, the decision to make not one, not two, but three sequels to Revenge of the Nerds all leave us scratching our heads.
The area of love is the area where celebrities leave us particularly perplexed. This is because, as most of us know, the average marriage in Hollywood lasts about as long as the shelf-life of an open container of cottage cheese. L.A. probably has more divorce attorneys than Starbucks. Even with this being said, breaking up or divorcing in Hollywood doesn't mean it's really over.
There are a handful of celebrities who reunite with their exes. Sometimes this reunification is immediate, other times it is years down the road, but no matter when making up occurs, celebrities getting back together with their exes tells us one thing: anybody can do it.
Some of the well-known celebrities who have applied the "second chance" rule include:
Ashton and Mila: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis were rumored to be a couple back when That Seventies Show was a staple of Fox programming. He went on to marry Demi Moore and she went on to date Macaulay Culkin for a whole bunch of years. Fast forward to present day, and Ashton and Mila are back together and — if the grapevine is a reputable source — engaged.
Rhea and Danny: All of our hearts broke when Rhea Perlman and Danny Devito, two celebrities whose love appeared as if it was actually going to make it to the end, separated in 2012 after 30 years of marriage. Luckily, this separation wasn't for long: they reunited in 2013.
Pink and Carey: Pop singer Pink and BMXer Carey Hart married each other in 2006, only to separate two years later. However, they never stopped working on their relationship: they went through counseling and even wrote songs about their marital troubles. It seems to have panned out: in 2010, they reunited and welcomed a daughter a year later.
Megan and Brian: Megan Fox and David Silver, er, Brian Austin Green, first began dating when there was a bit of an age factor: she was 18, he was 30. They became engaged in 2006, only to split in 2009. Yet, they quickly got back together: they were married in 2010 and just had their first child together.
William and Kate: Prince William and Kate Middleton may appear, to some, to have had a storybook romance, but their relationship wasn't without it's ups and downs. They first met all the way back in 2001 and started dating. After six years, they went their separate ways. The split didn't stick, however, and they married in 2011. As everyone who doesn't live under a rock knows, they welcomed a son in July of 2013.
Perhaps William and Kate, above everyone, can teach us this: even princes and princesses have to work hard for their fairytale ending.
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