Yes, I know what it seems like, another day another celebrity divorce. This time it is Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. Here are my thoughts on all of the questions I am being asked on the end of their union:
1. What went wrong? No matter how much they tweet, how many blogs they write or how much stuff is written about them we’ll never really know why things went wrong and, after all, is it any of our business? Kind of. They made it their business to share a lot of their personal business on a persistent basis. Fun and lucrative when things are going well but it is a glass house that they built. Having said that we don’t need to look too hard or too long; we are all becoming a bit over exposed.
2. Is the age thing an issue? I don’t think the age gap is the problem but I do think being married at 25 is awfully young for any person in the public eye to get married. All of the opportunity and temptation that bombards you constantly is more than I think a 25 year old can truly appreciate nonetheless handle. Not an excuse just the realities celebrities who marry have to deal with.
3. How will Demi re-brand herself in Kutcher’s absence? Re-brand? Really? She is not soda pop. I suppose my initial reaction to that question shows my age. I always thought of her as a movie star; a woman who is a bit of an icon. I don’t know how much they did together business-wise, but I know that for now he is far more ‘right now’ than she is. My 16 year old only knows her as Kutcher’s wife and not a luminary in her own right. My thing is this. She is a beautiful woman, a hell of an actress, has her own money and has kids with an ex with whom she gets along. It may not feel like it at the moment, but she has already beaten the game. Now she is thrust into the spot light again by Kutcher. She can use it as an opportunity to reprise what she has already done – or not – depending on how she feels. And no, she isn’t 25 anymore but guess what? Neither am I. Nor are the rest us baby boomers who have shown up in late middle age in such numbers that I think we change the game.
4. Who is too blame? Some say she should have known better than to marry a guy that much younger than her. Others say he is just a jerk because he cheated. Moore said that she had a whole lot of other people to consider when she made the decision to divorce. Kutcher said marriage is one of the hardest things in the world to do. I don’t know about the rest of it but on those counts, they both got it right.