In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s been a terrible trend sweeping the celebrity circuit this year. BREAK-UPS.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green. Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick… There were so many splits over summer, we started to lose faith in love altogether.
But now, we’ve learnt that there may actually be a scientific reason behind this record-breaking year of break-ups. And it’s so interesting.
According to The New York Times, there could have been a few factors at play – the time of the year, the ‘trend’ of breaking-up, and the stars’ work schedule, that all contributed to the many, many 2015 splits.
1) Summertime: The summer months in particular this year saw a crazy number of A-listers calling time on their relationships. And the timing might not have been accidental..
‘Summer is not prime media season,’ Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman told the NYT. ‘TV ratings trend lower and magazine and newspapers have generally lower circulation.’ So basically, the exes could have been taking advantage of the sleepy press not reporting their split as widely. Ooh…
2) Scheduling: Did anyone else notice that most of the stars who split this year (Ben and Jen, Gwen and Gavin) happened to not be promoting anything at the time? This was also probably done on purpose.
‘If you’re shooting a film or promoting one, you don’t want to do anything that is going to distract you,’ Rachel A. Sussman, a New York City psychotherapist, said. ‘Celebrities will put off a breakup or a divorce until a time in their career when they can go on the down low.’ Makes sense.
3) The trend: This is a pretty depressing theory, but the experts also comment that celebrities could have gained inspiration from fellow couples splitting. The high number of celebrity splits ‘may have encouraged some [celebrities] whose relationships were fraying to jump in, hoping they would be lost in the shuffle,’ Bragman said.