Okay, maybe not obvious sham marriages or quickie Hollywood couplings (Did anybody even know Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds were married before they announced their divorce?). But a 25-year union that has endured rumor, scandal, distance, spotlight and public office is pretty admirable. Not to mention four children. Without realizing it, their together-through-it-all was speaking to me: “If they can hang on through that, you can probably deal with his ignoring the dirty diaper.”
There’s also just the sheer duration. If a marriage can fall apart at 25 years — which, of course, happens all the time, but Shriver and Schwarzenegger have just reminded us of this fact — then celebrating our fifth or 10th or 15th anniversary is not an assurance that there will be a 20th, a 30th a 40th.
So though you don’t know it, Maria and Arnold, there are some of us out here in regular-people-ville who are not just rubber-necking on your personal wreck. We are actually sad for you.
How about you? Does this split mean anything to you?