They come together in video shoots, wearing clothes
That show the midriff, and make up heavy blue,
Beautiful but far from natural, fans don’t want that now,
What they want is flashy love, a whirlwind hope
That this will work, when two pop stars collide.
They dance through time, cameras capturing their lives
That twist together, forming such a vital part
Of our psyche, of our culture. Songs and memes,
Will taint our world and soon we will rely
On knowing they are living in a blissful cloud
Somewhere on an LA hill, houses filled with pools
And cinemas and bowling alleys in the basement.
So when that Tweet or Insta post is sent out to the masses
Little parts of molten hearts, break away,
Splintering with sadness there’s no need to feel;
We don’t know them, though we feel we do,
And so there’s tears and breathless sobs
Until they sell that house and find a new
Partner for the Met Ball, someone for the scarlet carpets,
Passing one another like they’re strangers now.
It once was worth our sweetest thoughts,
The wish for marriage and for babies that will never come;
It’s sad. It hurts. But life just works that way,
Even if you have those millions in the bank,
You’re not exempt from pain to that extent.
Today Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello announced that they are splitting after two years together. I feel like I’m a bit old to appreciate their love, but their announcement did remind me of the sadness I felt when my favourite celebrities split.
I remember feeling particularly heartbroken when Britney and Justin split and it was equally as difficult to come to terms with Brad and Jen throwing in the towel.
I think that we feel the pain of these splits because we invest so heavily with our emotions. We want to see the relationships succeed because they seem so perfect – so if they can’t last, what hope do we have?