She did what?! He had an affair with who? How did she lose all that weight?! Yes, I am a self-confessed celeb-aholic.
I buy magazines brimming with famous faces on a regular basis, I browse gossip websites hoping to get a quick fix, and yes, I watch E! news to check if the latest scandalous rumour is true or just lies.
I am so gossip-hungry because when there isn’t much real-life gossip in school I have an urge to fill the gap. But it’s not like I don’t have school work to be doing instead of reading the latest issue of Elle magazine.
Evolutionary biologists claim it is natural for people to look up to celebrities who have earned success. Admiring someone who has achieved what you strive for can be a positive thing. It gives you a goal and something to work towards.
But if you’re striving for the fame of a Hollywood movie star, you could end up with crushed dreams.
The term ‘celebrity’ means ‘one who is celebrated’. In our society it is an overused expression for people who are famous for just being themselves, rather than for benefiting our society in some way, like people made famous by reality TV.
Why is it we are reading about these victims of the surreal life? Haven’t we got enough problems of our own to deal with?
Today we’re hungrier than ever for shocking pictures of Hollywood actresses stumbling hammered out of nightclubs or snorting cocaine in the back of their cars.
We find pleasure in glancing at photos of our favourite stars out and about off-duty, seeing them picking up their dog’s business or dropping off their dry-cleaning. Well, shock-horror! Celebrities are in fact, normal people, and do not live in a parallel universe invented by Heat and OK! magazine.
While we focus on the latest celebrity socialite to succumb to the pressure to have a boob job or to slim down to a size zero, our own lives are being pushed aside. Most people want to escape into the artificial world of celebrity gossip to take a break and escape from their own lives.
They want to forget about their mounds of unfinished coursework, their student loans and their complicated love lives.
This is understandable, but facing up to these problems head-on would prove more successful. Will power is a must and you know you’re on your way to a steady recovery if you can admit you have a problem.
A world without fame would force us to live our own lives: instead of tuning in to another repeat of The Kardashian’s on a Saturday night, we would have to put down the remote, get up off our comfy behinds, step away from the sofa with our body shape cast into the cushions and – gasp – lead our own social lives!
By worrying less about other people’s relationships we might even get more time to worry about our own.