Celebrity Couples Need a Reality Check

By AJ Linton

In My Opinion…….Relationships in Entertainment

Does success + fame = a great family? Is this the love you want?

According to Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Will and Jada and Tamar and Vince, the combination of success and fame works.

However check in with the likes of Malinda Williams and DJ D-Nice, Shaunie and Shaquille O’Neal and Christina Milian and Dream and you’ll realize that success and fame doesn’t always make a great mix.  More often than not, when you have two strong-willed people who are opinionated, tenacious yet single-minded it is not always easy to adapt to a new way of life as a couple.

According to a Huffington Post article: ‘Till death do us part ... or something, should be Hollywood's new mantra when it comes to marriages.’

Why is it that some celebrity couples don’t last? Are they too caught up in their own ego to be concerned with family? Or, do they desire family just for the image and better endorsements?

Sometime ago, it seemed we desired a family life much like The Huxtables (The Cosby Show), The Evans (Good Times) or even The Jefferson’s. During the generational transition our desire changed from The Huxtables (a scripted family sitcom) to today’s family, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” on reality television.

In my opinion most celebrity relationships tend to end in divorce due to the lack of commitment to one another. One or both parties are too caught up living the TURNT UP LIFE much like the character Malik Wright of the famed BET sitcom The Game and that it leads to infidelity and the lack of trust. It seems that divorce is an easy way out; even worse, some celebrities look at divorce as an opportunity for even greater exposure.

With television programs like VH1’s Hollywood Exes, that profiles the lives of Hollywood women who are the exes of prominent men in the entertainment industry; interestingly, these exes want to be known outside of their exes’ fame. My question is why? If you really want to show yourself as a whole person, a successful person far away from your husband’s shadow, why accept a television deal based on the merit of being his ex-wife?

Oh okay, it doesn’t make sense to me, but just do you, ladies!

Sometimes, these reality shows destroy more relationships than they build. In real life, chasing that Turnt Up Life or always on the hustle for fame and money can also be destructive.

Attention celebrities, and everyday career stars, at some point in your life you must choose the road less traveled if you desire a family. Be seen in the spotlight carefully, and do not allow media or social media to control your relationships.

And for God’s sake RUN from seedy reality show producers that want to showcase your life, your love, and your family as buffoonery!

AJ Linton is the Hollywood correspondent for the Six Brown Chicks, and she keeps you in the loop. Follow AJ on Twitter @AJ_Linton.

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