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Do Celebrity Breakups Bum You Out?

Yesterday's news that Courteney Cox and David Arquette had separated after 15 years together came as a surprise. Just last week in their PSA against domestic violence they seemed like a happy, albeit slightly out there, couple. Courteney and David say they'll try to make things work, but David's TMI appearance on Howard Stern this morning might set things back.

Looking back, Courteney has been honest about their marital problems, admitting that they've had the same arguments for years and have sought couples therapy. In fact, she once said she brings her friend Laura Dern — whose husband Ben Harper just filed for divorce last weekendwith her to therapy. Hopefully the two friends can support each other now.

If all that breakup news wasn't enough, this morning the story spread that Christina Aguilera is splitting from husband Jordan Bratman.

When seemingly stable couples like Courteney and David can't make it, what hope is there for us? The good news is that the divorce rate is actually dropping for college grads who marry after 26. But despite any bearing this has to our actual lives, do celebrity breakups make you sad?

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amber512 amber512 6 years
I do get a "oh that's sad" thought, but otherwise it doesn't really affect me. I don't know them!
stephley stephley 6 years
To their credit, they beat the 7-8 years that the average marriage lasts and they've had to deal with their infertility issues being discussed publicly. That never helps.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 6 years
Not at all...
bransugar79 bransugar79 6 years
When the couples have been together for years and seemed to be working I find it sad, however I don't worry about the longevity of my relationship based on what celebrities do. Mostly, I just hope everyone finds the perfect person for them, so when that seems to happen and it doesn't work out it's sad in an anecdotal way.
GTCB GTCB 6 years
Here's our hyperbole for the day: "When seemingly stable couples like Courteney and David can't make it, what hope is there for us?" I know that I judge the value of my marriage by what American celebrities are doing. (Insert eye-rolling smiley) BTW, David Arquette is a former pro wrestling champion!
esmerb esmerb 6 years
I sometimes get very emotionally attached and get sad when couples break up!
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
Depends on who the people are (and why they split, of course). I liked the Arquette's, they are handling it professionally and adult (at least to the public), so I applaud them.
stephley stephley 6 years
Weren't there stories this summer that Cox was seen around Hollywood with one of her co-stars? I didn't find their split surprising, and I never saw them as a 'stable' couple - more like friends who didn't want to make any big effort to find anything better. How many vacations did they take with Jennifer Aniston?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
I think in the Arquette's case it's harmless and actually quite perfect. The general public didn't know they were growing apart and one day poof "we're separated". Unless we're hysterical fans of either or both we say aaww that's too bad and move on. What's depressing is getting the long drug out play by play week by week dissolve of a relationship. It's too much. We've got our own circles to deal with we don't need to be vicariously depressed via celebrities.
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