Where Anniversaries Are Measured in Months, Not Years… Average time between meeting at a party and million-dollar wedding: Six weeks.
Average time for celebrities to realize that their soul mate is their current co-star (and not the person they married): Six months after the million-dollar wedding.
Average length of Hollywood marriage: Inversely proportionate to the amount of press the couple does to tell the world how much they're in love.
Adjusted longevity of Hollywood marriages: Converted into human years, one year is equal to five years of an average couple's marriage.
Possible tipping point for many Hollywood divorces: Getting a tattoo of spouse's name, likeness, and/or "Property of…."
Where Relationship Issues Are Exponentially More Dramatic… Infidelity
Average couple: There's a possibility of spouse's infidelity with co-worker.
Celebrity couple: There's a possibility that spouse's sex scene with hot co-star was real.
Average couple: Your husband loses his job. Money is tight.
Celebrity couple: Your first husband threatens to write a tell-all book about your two-week marriage; you have to pay him $20 million to keep it quiet. Money is tight.
Lack of Commitment to the Marriage
Average couple: At the first sign of marital trouble, you tell a friend you're thinking of leaving your spouse.
Celebrity couple: At the first sign of marital trouble, you tell a friend you're thinking of leaving your spouse; she, in turn, sells the story to a tabloid, and your spouse, feeling betrayed by you, has an affair—with your "friend."
Average couple: You fight all the time, but nothing is ever resolved.
Celebrity couple: You text message all the time, but nothing is ever resolved.
Printed from Oprah.com on Friday, December 6, 2013