During a recent flight to California, I sat next to a woman who was particularly forthcoming about the personal details of her life.
(Hey, it was a long trip, and I was bored.)
She wanted my advice: should she dump her live-in boyfriend of three years before or after the holidays?
Now, I once had a relationship breakup at the end of the year. I chose to wait until after Christmas because I knew we had already invested in the gifts. Might as well go ahead and exchange them, right? And we still needed dates on New Year’s Eve. Then, come January — BAM! Drop the hammer. Start the year off right.
That’s my philosophy. I think it’s sound.
Well, apparently if you’re a celebrity, such niceties go out the window.
Exhibit A: Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal. Last Sunday, the papparazzi saw Jake’s assistant moving luggage out of Reese’s home and delivering it to Jake’s place. Such transactions usually spell breakup in Hollywood.
A month before Christmas, too. They are both passing up some serious swag, and probably a holiday trip to an exotic locale.
Exhibit B: Tiger and Elin Woods. Okay, so it appears Elin isn’t leaving Tiger…for a cool $5 million dollar paycheck. But that hardly counts. Can’t imagine they are going to have a very happy holiday, particularly with all the ho-ho-ho’s in Tiger’s past.
(I crack myself up.)
Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that celebrities operate by different rules. But Reese and Jake? Tiger and Elin? They were golden couples, meant for the long haul.
Next thing you know, you’ll tell me Pam Anderson and Kid Rock are breaking up.