It’s always sad when a celebrity couple announces that they’re divorcing.
But TBH, we kinda feel like it happens a lot. We mean, in the past few weeks there’s been Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman, Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green, Billie Piper and Laurence Fox…
So are we just imagining it? Or are those in the spotlight really more likely to have relationship troubles?
Well, according to new research, the average VIP union lasts just 7.4 years, compared to 32 years for the average Brit. These marriages are also are twice as likely to end in divorce. Eek.
Actors were found to be the most likely profession to get hitched multiple times.
It was celebrity divorce lawyer Vanessa Lloyd-Platt who worked this (pretty depressing) statistic out. To mark the launch of truTV’s new show Fatal Vows, she analysed over 50 of the most famous failed marriages in a bid to explain why they so often end in disaster.
Apparently, the main reason is known as Competing Ego Syndrome, where stars clash because one of them has become more successful than the other.
Age was found to be a significant factor in divorce rates, with the marriages of those who wed in their 30s lasting longer than those who settled down in their 20s.
Celebrities who were in a committed relationship for at least a year before they tied the knot also had more success, on average by 84 months.
Not only this, but hectic careers could play a part. Vanessa explains: ‘There is often a long distance between the parties if they are forced to travel abroad in order to make a film or carry out their work, such as footballers, sports personalities etc.
‘That distance makes relationships very hard and coupled with the opportunities to meet other people makes such celebrity situations very inflammable.’
Fatal Vows – which explores shocking, tumultuous and high-stake divorces and the deadly murders linked to them – will air at 9pm tonight on truTV.