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Dear Poll: Do You Think Celebrity Friendships Are Real?

Females have always competed with each other, it's just our nature, but it's a real shame when jealousy and insecurity get the best of our friendships. Jessica Brinton who wrote a recent article in the Times (UK) said it best, competitiveness is "an awesomely sophisticated game of one-upmanship."

This notion got me thinking about Hollywood friendships. We see celebrity duos all the time, but are their friendships based on support and general admiration for one another? In my opinion, Hollywood is a breeding ground for competition so ladies, tell me, do you think celebrity friendships are legit or do you think they live by the motto "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer"?

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scotlandrulz scotlandrulz 8 years
i think the pics you have put up are friends but many celebs friends aren't really but a good few are fortunatley!!!xxxxx
scotlandrulz scotlandrulz 8 years
i think the pics you have put up are friends but many celebs friends aren't really but a good few are fortunatley!!! xxxxx
dudenha87 dudenha87 8 years
oh come on of couse they are not real!!!!
XpsX XpsX 8 years
most are real i guess.
XpsX XpsX 8 years
most are real i guess.
Tres-Chic-NY Tres-Chic-NY 8 years
those 3 pictured above i believe are real
lala788 lala788 8 years
i think most celeb friendships are real
Meike Meike 8 years
Yes, the 3 pairs above are friends. However, I wouldn't consider friendships that Paris, LiLo, Britney and other immature celebs make true friendships. They simply don't last like Nicole/Naomi, Jen/Courtney, and Cameron/Drew.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
I def agree with the examples you have chosen. :]
carewcha carewcha 8 years
I completely disagree with the statement that it is 'just our nature' to 'compete' with each other as women. It's a social construct that women are 'naturally' catty and competitive. If the argument is that we're 'competing' over men, well firstly - all women? That's a pretty heteronormative assumption. Over any sex/romantic partner? Well what is it about women that would especially make this so? Wouldn't this mean that both men and women are competing in all sorts of combinations for that 'natural' oneuppersonship? How come friendship exists at all if this is the case? How could we ever possibly function in a trusting relationship with anyone?I think it's quite obvious that the idea of female competitiveness is socially constructed, but let's think for a moment about another feminine assumption; that we are 'naturally' nurturing, more open to friendships, bonding, being physical with other women than men are with other men... isn't this just another social construct? And isn't it one that is in absolute contradiction to the 'competitiveness' one?I don't doubt that in the world of celebrity where your private thoughts, feelings, fears and sexual acts can be bought and sold by those nearest and dearest, that the idea of trusting, solid friendships can be a hard one. And when there are only a tiny proportion of jobs for those out to get them (even - or especially? - for the creme of the elite who are the 'A list'), a professional competitiveness is almost inevitable. And when women are pitted against each other by society's looksim, agism, sizism and general misogyny... then yes, competitiveness is going to creep in. But that's part of the social world of those professions, nothing to do with anything 'natural'. Perhaps those friendships quoted above are 'rare' in the world of celebrity - maybe they are not. Do all friendships have to be so visible for us to know that they exist? It may come as a shock but things exist outside of the scrutiny of gossip and paparazzi 'proof'. Perhaps they are borne out of a need to relate to those in a similar situation (like romantic relationships between stars) and perhaps they are not. I don't think it should be surprising that celebrities - women or men - find friendship. Perhaps the question should be why we find this so surprising and wouldn't trust that they were genuine. But most of all I would hope that we could question why we make gendered assumptions all the time and label these things as 'natural'.
carewcha carewcha 8 years
I completely disagree with the statement that it is 'just our nature' to 'compete' with each other as women. It's a social construct that women are 'naturally' catty and competitive. If the argument is that we're 'competing' over men, well firstly - all women? That's a pretty heteronormative assumption. Over any sex/romantic partner? Well what is it about women that would especially make this so? Wouldn't this mean that both men and women are competing in all sorts of combinations for that 'natural' oneuppersonship? How come friendship exists at all if this is the case? How could we ever possibly function in a trusting relationship with anyone? I think it's quite obvious that the idea of female competitiveness is socially constructed, but let's think for a moment about another feminine assumption; that we are 'naturally' nurturing, more open to friendships, bonding, being physical with other women than men are with other men... isn't this just another social construct? And isn't it one that is in absolute contradiction to the 'competitiveness' one? I don't doubt that in the world of celebrity where your private thoughts, feelings, fears and sexual acts can be bought and sold by those nearest and dearest, that the idea of trusting, solid friendships can be a hard one. And when there are only a tiny proportion of jobs for those out to get them (even - or especially? - for the creme of the elite who are the 'A list'), a professional competitiveness is almost inevitable. And when women are pitted against each other by society's looksim, agism, sizism and general misogyny... then yes, competitiveness is going to creep in. But that's part of the social world of those professions, nothing to do with anything 'natural'. Perhaps those friendships quoted above are 'rare' in the world of celebrity - maybe they are not. Do all friendships have to be so visible for us to know that they exist? It may come as a shock but things exist outside of the scrutiny of gossip and paparazzi 'proof'. Perhaps they are borne out of a need to relate to those in a similar situation (like romantic relationships between stars) and perhaps they are not. I don't think it should be surprising that celebrities - women or men - find friendship. Perhaps the question should be why we find this so surprising and wouldn't trust that they were genuine. But most of all I would hope that we could question why we make gendered assumptions all the time and label these things as 'natural'.
shugahxnxspice shugahxnxspice 8 years
Is it so hard to believe that, like the rest of us, they need support and companionship? Fame and money alone can never substitute for the advice, comfort, camaraderie, and happiness that genuine friendship provides.
emalove emalove 8 years
Yes! Especially the BFFs you show in those pictures. It's natural to make friends and "bond" with people you work with and who have similar lifestyles. I'm sure some of them are more friendships of convenience, but some I believe are true friendships.
michelle-c42934 michelle-c42934 8 years
I think they are, everyone makes friends with the people they work with, and you make lots of friends if you keep moving from job to job. I think celebrities share common pressures of the media and their jobs, so they bond through that aswell. But I don't think all of them are built to last, especially with young hollywood. Why no pictures of Brad and George, or Matt and Ben!!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
Yes... u make friends with ppl you work with.. they are essentially co-workers... and dont you have friends from work? Plus they have shared stress with being in the lime light.... so they can help support each other...
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
Some are, some aren't. The only people that really know are those involved.
alllacedup alllacedup 8 years
I agree! I think the 3 examples shown are great examples of strong female bonds.
pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
i think those ladies up there are good picks, dearsugar, for genuine friendship in Hollywood. Nicole and Naomi met when they were teenagers in Australia trying to get a start of their acting careers. While they could have viewed each other as competition, they supported each other. I think when Nicole is making it big America, Naomi wanted to and so Nicole allowed her to stay over her place while Naomi auditioned. I think this was all going on when Nicole was married to Tom.Goodness I sound like I"M actually chummy with them. AND else411 i agree on your comment about Madonna and Gwyneth. I think they are just friends when it is necessary to be friends with, like when promoting something.AS far as competition, I hope it didn't exist. One thing I admire and something I look for in a friendship with fellow females is the willingness to have sister-like bonds with other females. No cattiness. No jealousy. But just good ol' fashion sincere friendship.
pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
i think those ladies up there are good picks, dearsugar, for genuine friendship in Hollywood. Nicole and Naomi met when they were teenagers in Australia trying to get a start of their acting careers. While they could have viewed each other as competition, they supported each other. I think when Nicole is making it big America, Naomi wanted to and so Nicole allowed her to stay over her place while Naomi auditioned. I think this was all going on when Nicole was married to Tom. Goodness I sound like I"M actually chummy with them. AND else411 i agree on your comment about Madonna and Gwyneth. I think they are just friends when it is necessary to be friends with, like when promoting something. AS far as competition, I hope it didn't exist. One thing I admire and something I look for in a friendship with fellow females is the willingness to have sister-like bonds with other females. No cattiness. No jealousy. But just good ol' fashion sincere friendship.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
I was an "other". I think that some are real, others arent. The examples you gave were good examples, but there are plenty that aren't for real - ala- Paris & Nicole, Hilary & Lindsay, Paris & anyone. I think a lot of these as well as some Hollywood "relationships" are just for show and for publicity. You just have to see if they stand the test of time!
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
I was an "other".I think that some are real, others arent.The examples you gave were good examples, but there are plenty that aren't for real - ala- Paris & Nicole, Hilary & Lindsay, Paris & anyone. I think a lot of these as well as some Hollywood "relationships" are just for show and for publicity. You just have to see if they stand the test of time!
else411 else411 8 years
the three examples you used I feel do not show the norm of celebrity friendships. I think the examples of real friendships growing in spite of them both being celebrities. To me when I see other celebs hanging out, prime example, Paris and anyone she's with (except Nicole and Her sister), is only for the photos/papers. I don't believe Madonna and Gwyneth are friends, maybe associates that you say hello to and invite to the large parties, but not that you call when you need to talk about something important in your life.
else411 else411 8 years
the three examples you used I feel do not show the norm of celebrity friendships. I think the examples of real friendships growing in spite of them both being celebrities. To me when I see other celebs hanging out, prime example, Paris and anyone she's with (except Nicole and Her sister), is only for the photos/papers. I don't believe Madonna and Gwyneth are friends, maybe associates that you say hello to and invite to the large parties, but not that you call when you need to talk about something important in your life.
Marci Marci 8 years
Sometimes the friendships are genuine and strong, and sometimes they aren't, just like for us non-celebrities. The ones you've pictured are definitely good friendships that have stood the test of time. I'd love to have a friendship like Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston's. I don't have a friend like that. :(
yaliyah yaliyah 8 years
The ladies pictured above all seem to have legit friendships going back many years, vacationing together, etc. Celeb friendships that go beyond the press push for a movie or TV show strike me as more "real" than those that you only see together at premier parties. p.s. all girls need other girls to lean on, even if they have a perfect guy on their arm.
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