Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds say good-bye: A trend?

Actors Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds have said good-bye, the end to their two year marriage. Mr. Reynolds, named by People Magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive and Ms. Johansson are being hailed back in the singles market as the public can dream can’t they? However what brings an idyllic coupling to an end after just two years? Considering the spat of celebrity infidelity as of late, one wonders what sordid story will eventually hit the headlines. It has been reported that Johansson initiated the decision but not, apparently for anything bad. The two busy actors have schedules which keep them apart more than together and distance is being cited for the reason to rethink the rest of their lives. They seem to be remaining amicable.
Sandra Bullock married one Jesse James on July 16, 2005 and divorced him on June 28, 2010 after the newspapers all covered a scandal which entailed not one, but several cases of infidelity on the part of Mr. James.
Courteney Cox and David Arquette separate after 11 years of marriage with divorce seemingly not far behind.
Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives and Tony Parker, a NBA baller call it quits after three years rumours Tony was having an affair.
Are these celebrity couples going their separate ways indicative of a trend? After all, one does have to consider that a celebrity couple living a life style quite different from the rest of us may have pressures or temptations that we mere mortals do not enjoy.
According to these statistics by country, the U.S. shows a rate of 4.95 per 1,000 while Canada is 2.46 per 1,000 which translates into you being twice as likely to get a divorce in the States than in Canada.
The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada reports that 36% of all marriages will end before the 30th year however the risk of divorce decreased the longer the couple stayed together after the the year mark. The rate of divorce for first marriages is lower with first marriages having a 67% chance of lasting a lifetime. The average age of people getting a divorce is 43 years old for men and 41 years old for women. The average age of getting married was 29 for men and 26 for women.
Is there hope? Actor Paul Newman married actress Joanna Woodward on February 2, 1958 and had a successful marriage until his death on September 26, 2008. That’s fifty years.
Former President Jimmy Carter married his wife Rosalyn in 1946 and the two of them are still going strong after 60 plus years.
Love is blind. Sometimes love is foolhardy if not stupid. However there are many examples of love being true love and that love being eternal. Yes, there is hope.

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  1. We put marriage under the microscope to see what it really looks like today. Make sure you tune in to our upcoming documentary, Thoroughly Modern Marriage – Jan 20 on CBC Doc Zone, 9pm.

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