With the recent declaration from Katy Perry that marriage is “not for her” to then confirming her engagement to Orlando Bloom and Miley Cyrus’ exciting news that she has taken Liam Hemsworth’s last name in addition to sharing photographs from her discrete wedding on Valentine’s Day, I find myself questioning why are we so fascinated with the relationship statuses of musicians? Why do we invest up to 2-3 hours a day scrolling Instagram, reading gossip magazines and web pages and stalking Snapchat to find out about the recent happenings in musicians’ love lives?
It’s impossible not to become invested in their lives
Subconsciously, I think a lot of us want to be these musicians – we want the fame, the talent and we also want the relationship. I for one would do anything to be in Miley Cyrus’ situation, who wouldn’t? Because of this, we find ourselves stalking their lives, wanting updates on what they’re doing, who they’re dating. Everything and anything. Basically, because our relationships are so utterly dull and boring, why not keep up to date with musicians’ love life?
Musicians’ relationships are filtered through the media as scandalous, exciting and thrilling. For example, if you saw the headline: BREAKING NEWS: JAY-Z AND BEYONCE GETTING DIVORCE, how can you not click on that and get the inside gossip? It’s like musicians have the most interesting lives ever and you cannot resist being up to date.
Another part of it is just because it is there. You can’t go on Snapchat and not see a gossip account giving updates on the recent musicians caught kissing or the recent break ups in ‘top of the chart’ singers. Ariana Grande’s break up with Pete Davidson proved this. When you’re sat on the sofa, watching some rubbish on TV, scrolling through your phone, you can’t help but get invested in people’s love lives because they are there for you to stalk. If, say, a musician didn’t have an Instagram and didn’t post pictures of themselves with their significant other, I reckon we would be less invested.
And while I am less inclined to know every break up story and scandal on the internet, all I have to do is sit down with my housemates and they’ll have me all clued up. It always comes up as the topic of conversation: hey did you see that Ariana Grande dedicated her song to Mac Miller? It’s impossible to not get invested in these musicians’ lives when they are all over the media.
Finally, to some extent, the musicians bring all the attention on themselves. With the explicit kisses on red carpet events to the Instagram selfies of them kissing or being exceptionally cute, how can we not think they are relationship goals? It’s impossible to not become invested in their lives.
When it comes down to it, though, our obsession with musician’s relationship status is simply just for entertainment. We don’t have enough drama in our own lives so why not fill it with someone else’s break up, marriage and divorce? It makes life much more interesting.