Celebrities Rush to the Altar - Is It for Love or Money?
By Amber James Posted Jan 13th 2010 03:46PM
Katy Perry and Russell Brand have gone from dating to engaged. The courtship began in September following the MTV Music Awards, and the couple's whirlwind romance has us wondering why they're rushing to the altar. For their sake, we hope it's true love. But in Hollywood where most romances fizzle quickly, we want to make sure no hearts get broken. Experts chat with PopEater about why Hollywood stars keep rushing into marriage and the looming trouble ahead with these quickie nuptials.
In a world where celebrity divorce is considered the norm, the public is quick to judge celebrities who appear to be rushing into marriage. Perry and Brand's engagement seems pretty lax compared to Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom, who tied the knot after a month-long courtship.
Lori Gorshow, a dating relationship coach and President of Dating Made Simple, points out to PopEater that the honeymoon courtship of any relationship is about three years, but for celebrities in Hollywood, it's accelerated. "What most people experience in 3 to 5 years, celebrities will face all in one year," she says. "What may seem like a whirlwind romance is actually innocent and normal," but Gorshow still thinks some Hollywood stars rush into marriage just for exposure.
Whether A-list couples are truly in love or not, it's no secret that money can buy love for some. When stars hook up, it draws attention to them leading to an "economic boom" in celebrities' careers and pocketbooks, Gorshow says.
Reports alleged that Odom and Kardashian's $1 million wedding was paid for by one man, Ryan Seacrest -- who produces 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'. Every moment was caught on tape and aired during a special one-hour special. And OK! Magazine reportedly paid out close to $300,000 to have exclusive photos from the wedding.
In the same vein, celebrities can get pretty much anything they want, when they want it -- even when it comes to love. Who can forget Britney Spears' two whirlwind marriages in 2004? First, Spears married childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander on January 3, 2004, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas -- and had it annulled only 55 hours later. Then in July 2004, Spears announced her engagement to Kevin Federline, three months after they met. While we truly think Spears was looking for love, that relationship began the downward spiral of her career.
On the positive side, Tom Cruise proposed to Katie Holmes three months after they started dating. Critics were quick to judge, predicating they'd never make it. Proving naysayers wrong, Cruise and Holmes celebrated their third wedding anniversary in November.
Even Kyra Sedgwick joked with About.com reporters, saying waiting ten months for a proposal from Kevin Bacon felt like an eternity. "He said, 'Will you marry me?' I thought, 'What took you so long? We've been going out for 10 months already.'" The couple have been married over 21 years.
Although Hollywood couples have a lot stacked against them, Perry and Brand can make relationships work if they're really in love, says DeAnna Lorraine, a professional dating coach and matchmaker. "They need to sit down and figure out why they are choosing this person for life... Once the infatuation cools down, lots of celebrities end up disappointed and move on."
"Celebrity couples also need a strategy for overcoming the hard times because there are always going to be rocky moments, but they need to figure out how they'll overcome that as a team."
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Russell Brand and Katy Perry arrive at LAX airport on January 10, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. More photos >>
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