what happened to love?

Heidi and Seal during happier times

Over the holidays, one of three things invariably seem to happen. People either get engaged, break up or keep with the status quo. As a new year dawns, or is about to, people tend to reevaluate their lives and if they don’t keep with the status quo, they either decide to make the leap or cut all ties.

Over the past few months, a divorce epidemic seems to have broken out across Hollywood. Many couples have announced their decision to part ways with the big names being Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry and Russell Brand and the latest couple to have joined the ranks, Victoria’s Secret Angel Heidi Klum and singer Seal.

After seven years of marriage, six vow renewals, three children, plus another from a previous relationship and many crazy Halloween outfits, Heidi and Seal have decided to separate. In a statement released to People magazine:

“While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate.

We have had the deepest respect for one another throughout our relationship and continue to love each other very much, but we have grown apart. This is an amicable process and protecting the well-being of our children remains our top priority, especially during this time of transition.

We thank our family, friends, and fans for their kind words of support. And for our children’s sake, we appreciate you respecting our privacy.”

Unlike most celebrity marriage breakdowns, I was genuinely shocked when I heard news of this split. At first I hoped it was just a rumour, but when they confirmed the rumours were true, I was genuinely saddened. To me, they seemed to be genuinely in love and I hoped they would last the distance. But unfortunately, it seems that true love either doesn’t exist or can’t survive in Hollywood.

Heidi and Seal’s shocking split led me to think what happened to love? When did marriage stop meaning forever? I will never understand couples who separate because they “drifted apart”. People seem to forget that loving someone is a choice. You may not choose to fall in love with them, but you have to make a choice to continue loving them. Many don’t seem to remember that love isn’t easy. It’s hard and messy and takes a lot of work but it’s almost always worth it.

I just hope that one day, hopefully soon, people will realise the magic and power of love again. But in saying that, they must also realise that it is hard work. No marriage will ever be successful without hard work, and working hard doesn’t signify that it isn’t worth it; it shows that it is worth more than words.


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