Nothing’s hard to believe in world of celebrity news

By Sarah Pastor
February 7, 2008

Overdoses! Teen Pregnancies! A day in the life of Britney Spears!

It seems like everyday there are more shocking and tragic events in Hollywood than in the rest of the country combined.

In a place where the wealth and power are endless, it seems ironic that there are so many miserable people who are literally dying to make headlines on Page Six or a major tabloid.

Most of us can only imagine what goes on behind the closed doors of the hottest clubs and mansions of the rich and famous, but based on all of the scandalous and troubling stories that constantly grace the pages of People Magazine or, it seems it may be safer on the other side of the velvet ropes.

Trying to keep up with the latest celebrity gossip is almost impossible considering the constantly changing details, and significant others, in the lives of many Hollywood socialites.

It is as if celebrities almost try to become involved in another outrageous scandal if they have been out of the headlines for more than a few weeks just to stay on the public radar and keep up their superstar status.

While some celebrities are more low-profile than others, many of the most well known faces in Hollywood are more famous for their social lives than their accomplishments in the entertainment industry. It is easy to get caught up in the ritzy and alluring lives of these icons but in reality most of the events publicized are not very different from those in the lives of the rest of the public.

Consider one of the latest shockers to surface in the news: the unplanned pregnancy of 16-year-old Jamie-Lynn Spears, the younger sister of renowned Britney. Her situation is unfortunate in any right but is also all too familiar to the other one million teenage girls in the United States who wind up unexpectedly pregnant every year.

If it were not for the media frenzy surrounding her sister Britney the pregnancy of Jamie-Lynn would be just another case to add to the national statistics. But because she is Britney Spears’ younger sister the announcement of Jamie-Lynn’s unplanned pregnancy made national headlines.

Although this was definitely negative press instead of positive, it still made a huge impact on the public and added even more flare to the never ending saga of the eccentric Spears family.

But even this was not enough drama to suffice Britney’s need to be in the spotlight; within a few weeks she once again overtook the media by having an alleged nervous breakdown and jeopardizing her custody over her two sons from her previous marriage to wannabe rapper Kevin Federline.

Her behavior shocked the public but once again it is not uncommon to have a mental breakdown or over- dramatized divorce in the world outside Hollywood limits. Britney Spears finally gets diagnosed with bipolar disorder and the next day we cannot believe how tragic it is as she is photographed making a dramatic exit from the back door of a mental hospital.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Americans get psychiatric treatment everyday of the year, they just conceal their problems better because they do not have a flock of paparazzi capturing their every move.

The recent sudden death of actor Heath Ledger from overdosing on prescription pills was completely unbelievable to most people in the general public. It is heartbreaking to hear about such a tragedy for anyone but again this situation happens to thousands of people in the U.S. every year.

Ledger was not reputed to be troubled or suicidal so his death was extremely surprising.

Hollywood may be full of extremely rich and famous celebrities but its residents are still susceptible to the same problems and accidents as people living anywhere in the country.

Following the lives of celebrities may be hard to resist but remembering that at the end of the day they are still normal human beings like the rest of us makes the shocking events publicized easier to believe.

Sarah Pastor

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