Why Do Celebrities Always Put On A Happy Face Post-Breakup?

Over the weekend, a totally annoying reporter asked Vanessa Hudgens at her 22nd birthday party how she was doing after her breakup from Zac Efron. “We’re good,” she said, giving two thumbs-up. The night before, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds were spotted having a “friendly meal” in New York City. “They were smiling and laughing the whole time,” a source close to the pair said. “They just wanted to sit down together. This was just two people who were married being civil and friendly.” These two incidents reminded me of how the day after Kim Kardashian broke up with Reggie Bush, she tweeted, “Good morning kiss! Another beautiful Miami day on the boat!” And how the celebrity breakup cliche is talking about how they’ll remain “good friends.”

I guess I’m wondering … why, for celebrities, does everything have to be a-okay after a breakup? The dissolution of a marriage is a sad and emotionally draining thing. And Vanessa and Zac were together for four freaking years—they practically grew up together. And staying friends? Sure, it sounds good. But most of us have realized that trying to do it right after a breakup is nearly impossible—it can take years, if ever, to be friends with someone you had a relationship with.

So while David Arquette has hardly handled his breakup well—talking to Howard Stern about how he and Courteney Cox weren’t having sex wasn’t cool—I do appreciate him expressing some genuine emotion.

I guess I just want to say to all the stars out there: We know you can act like everything is honky dory—after all, you are actors. But you don’t have to. You’re allowed to be upset, hurt and, gasp, sad.

[Stupid Celebrities]