We see tabloids and news on celebrity couples almost every day. A celebrity couple that caught my eye recently are, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.
While reading this online article, I became envious that Justin Bieber actually took Selena Gomez out on a date at the Staples Center, a world-class arena for sports and entertainment events located in Los Angeles, California! Apparently, Justin Bieber reportedly got the keys to the center for free. If not, it would have cost him a lot of money as a whopping sum of $475,000 is needed to buy a high-end VIP luxury suite for 14 at the Staples Center. And no, I wasn’t envious of her going out with Justin Bieber, but the fact that a boy is so willing to spend so much money on a girl for just one night. *Sighs*
According to the Knapp Model of Relational Development, they are clearly at the stage 2, the Experimental stage where they are going out on dates, getting to know one another better and trying to impress each other (though I feel he was trying a little too hard). There could be a possibility that they are at stage 3 instead, the Intensifying stage, where there is increased commitment, disclosure of feelings, physical contact and even a created relational identity. But all these details could be kept under wraps if they did not want the media or public to know about it. Only both of them know what stage they are in themselves.
Apart from them, there are other celebrity couples who have ventured in further stages. One of my favourite celebrity couples would have to be Victoria and David Beckham.
They are at stage 5, the Bonding stage, where they are married, have children and have formalized obligation and commitment to each other. Although they had their rough moments when David Beckham allegedly had an affair, they are still very much in love. They also had done an Emporio Armani advertisement together as a couple, but I can’t show it here on my blog as it is quite obscene. (but you can go google it!)
Sadly, some celebrity couples end up in divorces. For a period of time, Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson were stuck at stage 8, Stagnation stage where they had ongoing problems and conflicts.
Soon, they succumbed to stage 10, the Terminating stage, when their relationship finally ended. I felt sad because they were my favourite couple too. 😦
Be it celebrities or ordinary people, interpersonal relationships can start on a good note and sometimes, inevitably end on a bad note. Oh well, life goes on.