breaking up the showbusiness way

Today’s biggest entertainment news in Asia about the break-up of Myolie Wu and Bosco Wong shocked even me who only knows them by the passing news I read.

I’ve read more break-ups than couplings since last year that it’s no longer surprising. But still, though we will never know why these people part ways, something has to be said about how heartbreak is merely statistics now.

I don’t know much about this recent break-up to bite heartbreak dust except from what I have read so far but this post on Janye Stars provides a good summation of recent events. The comments are even more entertaining to read. Obviously there is a very tilted balance between Myolie vs Bosco fans now, with public opinion mostly sympathizing with Myolie especially amidst allegations that Bosco cheated. It’s very amusing how everyone suddenly becomes a relationship expert, lip reader and break-up analyst but hey, I’m not complaining because I myself am any of those depending on the celebrities involved.

I haven’t heard Bosco telling his sob story apparently on radio shows but I watched this Myolie interview.

I can’t understand a thing but she does look devastated, although what really struck me was how my brothers and sisters in the media descended on her like a pack of vultures. I’m part of the vulture pack too, feasting on other people’s heartbreaks, misfortune and crimes. We also do faith, hope and charity news but let’s face it, bad news get more attention.

Using the Myolie post-break-up, pre-drama-promotion interview as an example, it’s really tough to be a celebrity huh? You have to wear your heart on your sleeve, live through your pain before everyone else, and through the tears still manage to smile. But then we say, they pay the price for it. They earn that much, they suffer that much too. Fame, money, luxury. Tears, psychological imbalance, loss of freedom. It’s all part of the territory.

Not really. Ordinary people also have their share of hardships. They just don’t get paid for it. Although occasionally, their stories will find their way to the small or big screen. But they don’t get anything. And then there’s the disclaimer that “any similarities of the story and characters to real life and people are merely coincidental”.

Why do we even bother? These celebrities already give us materials worth of melodramas and blockbusters.

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