A leading judge has warned against the dangers of idolising celebrity marriages which are far more likely to fail. Sir Paul Coleridge has expressed his concern about the interest young people take in glamorous celebrity relationships as a model for their own, after new research found that divorce rates amongst celebrities is twice the national average.
Sir Paul said that those in the spotlight had to pay a price for their fame by being “even less able to sustain long-term healthy relationships than the rest of us.”
The Marriage Foundation, recently founded by Sir Paul to promote healthy, stable relationships in marriage, has just published a report showing that after 10 years of marriage, the rate of divorce amongst celebrities is a staggering 40 per cent – twice the national average of 20 per cent.
The report looked at the marriages of 572 celebrity couples who had got married since 2000. Out of these couples, one in then had ended their marriage within just two years whilst a quarter of the marriages ended within five years.
“There is a disconnect between the nature of real long-term relationships and the dramatised and apparently more exciting versions portrayed on screen or imagined for them by the rest of us.
“And this is surely exacerbated by huge, expensive fairy tale weddings attended by the icons of the day.
“All of us subconsciously want to believe that these beautiful people are living an idealised life which we can vicariously enjoy.
“Surely this must create a false expectation within the participants that in some way their relationships will be better, easier and, above all, more exciting than the average,” said Sir Paul.
“Unfortunately all men and women, glamorous or not, are riddled with the same weaknesses and shortcomings which surface even quite soon after the excitement of the wedding has died down.
“Coming down to earth with a heavier than usual bump must surely create added pressures. And material plenty, as they know only too well, does nothing to alleviate the stress except in the very short term.
“The other worrying feature of these statistics is the picture they paint to those who regard the celebrity life style as something to be admired and copied for its own sake.
“These are, after all, the role models upon which many, especially young people, fashion their lives. Aspiration for happiness built on celebrity lifestyle is, it seems, dangerously flawed,” he added.