Saturday, August 06, 2005

High Price of Fame: Adaptable attire or low self-esteem?

The gossip wheels in our country never seem to tire. We are constantly bombarded with pictures, sound bites and speculation about celebrity happenings. Unfortunately for me that kind of useless nonsense sticks in my brain over much more useful things like the inner workings of biology or the periodic table.

I read yet another tidbit about the Angie and Brad non-dating saga the other day and it got me thinking back. Many moons ago there was a fairly unknown actor who all the women fell for in "Thelma and Louise" by the name of Brad Pitt. He hooked up with another new actress Juliette Lewis. While with Juliette, Brad sported the "bad boy" look. With the bleached out hair and leather jackets to match. Time carried these two unknowns on and for whatever reason they went their separate ways.

Now we come to the era where Brad was just hitting his first big wave of stardom. And he hooks up with a new up and coming actress Gwyneth Paltrow. They get cute matching hair dye jobs and similar haircuts. They dress in hip young attire and are seen everywhere. They even become engaged much to the medias delight. Something happens and Gwen and Brad call off the wedding.

Gossip swirls as we enter the Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt era. For now each of these stars are established in their own right and the media can't get enough of either of them. Suddenly they are a couple and they are crowned the Golden Couple of Hollywood. Jen seems to have a calming effect on Brad. He is donning beautifully tailored suits for the red carpet and dressing down in jeans and a T-shirt as they shop around LA. Brad seems to have finally found his lady and he can't stop talking about her. He even sports a beaded necklace that says "Jen" on it. In the interviews he can't stop talking about how he hopes they only have girls because then they will all look like her. Love seems to have made him the happiest man in the world.

Enter Angelina Jolie. Suddenly the Golden Couple are no longer. Brad is sporting his version of a Billy Idol look and getting caught by the photo bugs with Angie's little boy on vacation. Did he suddenly suffer from a midlife crisis at 41? Did he long for his "bad boy" days of yesterday? It couldn't have been that Jen really didn't want to have kids anytime soon since she has been quoted as saying she had been hoping to be pregnant this last year. I guess the grass is just always greener on the other side of the fence. Latest rumor is Brad is sporting a new black hair look. Will he be wearing his new "non-lovers" blood around his neck next?

We'll just have to wait and see.

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