Marriage. Have eight simple letters ever invited such scrutiny? Even before the seemingly vexing issue of same-sex marriage was employed as a political football by federal parliament, 2016 was shaping up as a fraught year for wedded bliss. From the welldocumented crumbling of marital relations between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, the ill-fated nature of various celebrity couplings has been a sombre reflection of the fact that in Australia an estimated one in three marriages end in divorce. Breaking up is never easy, but even harder when it happens under the spotlight. As Lindy Klim tells writer Victoria Hannaford, “the humiliation of finding out about things in a magazine” only compounded her pain over her split from Olympic champion Michael Klim. But it’s not all doom and gloom in the world of high-profile wedlock, with Sting telling James Wigney his ambition is “to die with the woman I am married to still loving me”. Maybe there’s hope for holy matrimony yet.