Love opin­ion

Af­ter a string of re­la­tion­ship break­downs in Hollywood, Cosmo’s News and En­ter­tain­ment Edi­tor Mor­gan Rear­don is hav­ing a mo­ment...

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Guys, I’m har­bour­ing a bro­ken heart RN. Ice­cream won’t fix it, nor will a bot­tle of pros­ecco – be­lieve me, I’ve tried. But be­fore you start send­ing me good vibes and vir­tual hugs, I must con­fess the root of my heart­break isn’t ex­actly my own to feel. No, it’s not my re­la­tion­ship that’s in tat­ters, it’s Chan­ning Ta­tum and Jenna De­wan’s.

The ge­net­i­cally blessed duo, who brought one of my all­time favourite f licks Step Up to life, an­nounced they were calling it quits last month af­ter eight years of mar­riage.

But it’s not just this split that’s got me down in the dumps. TBH, I still haven’t re­cov­ered from the bru­tal blow that was the 2017 break­up of Chris Pratt and Anna Faris.

That one was a real kick in the guts. Why? Be­cause they seemed so damn happy. I curse both cou­ples for post­ing such lov­ing, part­ner­ap­pre­ci­a­tion posts on so­cial me­dia just weeks be­fore they an­nounced their sep­a­ra­tions, pretty much telling me and the whole world that love is of­fi­cially dead.

And be­fore you roll your eyes at me, I’m not alone in my mis­ery. The en­tire Cosmo of­fice went into melt­down mode when Khloé Kar­dashian’s bas­ket­baller beau Tris­tan Thomp­son was caught cheat­ing on her – not once, but twice ac­cord­ing to news out­lets. We watched, in col­lec­tive hor­ror, as footage of him kiss­ing another woman splashed across our screens.

De­spite not ac­tu­ally know­ing Khloé IRL, we feel a con­nec­tion with her be­cause her per­sonal life has played out in front of the cam­eras. If I sound overly pas­sion­ate and in­vested in th­ese re­la­tion­ships, that’s be­cause I ab­so­lutely am.

And while I don’t think there’s any­thing wrong with that, I did just want to check with a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional that I’m jus­ti­fied in my feel­ings. Ac­cord­ing to psy­chol­o­gist Madonna Hirn­ing, I’m not crazy.

‘We put [celebri­ties] on pedestals and look for bits of their life that we can re­late to and as­pire to. We think, “If they have things to­gether in this crazy world, then maybe I can too.” So if they can’t make it work when they ap­pear to have the per­fect life, that makes us won­der what hope there is for us.’

Which is prob­a­bly why team Cosmo is sting­ing so hard over Khloé’s sit­u­a­tion. We’ve all ex­pe­ri­enced heart­break in one form or another just like her, and we want her to have a fairy­tale end­ing as much as we want one for our­selves. So what’s the so­lu­tion? Watch less re­al­ity TV and movies – yeah, that’s a no from me. So I guess there is no cure for this one. Ex­cuse me while I binge­watch Khloé & La­mar with a box of tis­sues.

‘We look for bits of their life that we can re­late to’


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