By Julie Burggraf
After 72 days, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from husband Kris Humphries and further tainted the meaning of marriage.
In the United States, men and women aged 20 to 24 statistically show the highest divorce rate of any other age group getting married. When older couples marry, they have a significantly less chance of divorce.
When someone first marries, there is a 41 percent chance of divorce; marrying for a second time means that there is a 60 percent greater chance of divorce. Seventy-three percent of third marriages will end in divorce. According to marriage101.org, “The Americans for Divorce Reform estimates that probably, 40 or possibly even 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce if current trends continue.”
The sanctity of marriage has long been sought by many, and this is true for the Hollywood elite as well. The difference is, is that when celebrities get married there is no promise of forever. Marriages were not created to be an event for publicity and fame, but for love. While marriages have been arranged for centuries, love has undoubtedly conquered all.
Marriages such as Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were married for nine months. Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon were married for only 10 weeks, and Britney Spears and Jason Allen Alexander annulled their 56-hour marriage. Couples like these are just a few of the many examples that celebrities marry for all the wrong reasons.
With constant scandals of divorce in the media, statistics have come to prove that celebrities are the royalty of the United States and have an immense influence on the public and their actions. At 9.4 percent, Utah held the seventh-lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008.
Thinking that marriage is as temporary as a fake tattoo, and knowing that someone can find happiness in another person, are just two of ways that celebrities and now the public look at marriage. While many do file for divorce, not all are reasons because of boredom within the marriage or that they stopped trying. A marriage can end for a multitude of reasons. Marital abuse, people and circumstances that change and even death are just a few examples.
Stating that one will love another forever, through good and bad, has been indisputably changed to, we will love each other until one of us gets lazy and stops trying. With such appeal that comes from Hollywood it is hard to not think that someone’s everyday life could be the same as theirs.
Living an ordinary life without public prying into one’s life may be God’s biggest blessing. True love is something that everyone strives to find in his or her lifetime. Celebrities and their influence on the public should be portraying a positive and true meaning of love, rather than tainting the sanctity of marriage by marrying with the thought of maybe this could work.