You watch a really great movie.
The two leads had amazing chemistry. I’m talking, amazing amazing chemistry.
The movie ends and you experience that giddy, falling-in-love, floating-on-air feeling.
You gush to your husband, who looks at you like you’ve sprouted a third nostril. So you gush to your girlfriends. They get it. They’re right there with you.
Later, you’re standing in line at the grocery store and lo and behold – there, on the cover of Star, are the two leads. And oh my goodness. He has his arm around her.
You grab the magazine. Frantically flip through the pages in an attempt to find the article. But it’s impossible, because those magazines don’t put the table of contents where it’s supposed to be (in the beginning). And the one time you actually want the person in front of you to have an item without a bar code, the line disappears. You have to put the magazine back in the rack.
No worries. You go home and Google them and get swept into a frenzy of are-they-or-aren’t-they-dating speculation. Nobody’s quite sure. And it doesn’t really matter. Because just the possibility makes a million women squee.
The men don’t squee. The men don’t care.
My husband may watch Vampire Diaries with me, but he could care less if Elena and Damon are dating in real life or that they were holding hands in Paris.
Anyway, when you finally disengage from the computer screen, slightly dazed, you realize you’ve just wasted thirty minutes of your life that you will never, ever get back again. All because two well-known people were caught holding hands on camera.
What is that about?
Why the intrigue when it comes to celebrities? And why does this epidemic strike the female population, but overall, leave the male population alone?
I don’t know too many men who got up at 4:30 in the morning to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton. But I do know two 5th grade girls who did.
Let’s Talk: Do you ever get swept up into a celebrity romance? Which ones have you followed? Do you love them or hate them? Do you still follow them, even though they make you roll your eyes? Why do you think we are so intrigued?