It's said that there is no business akin to show business. Yes, definitely, most would concur – in no other business do rumors about romantic hook-ups and estrangements fly as thick and fast! And leading the pack is Hollywood, the land of glitzy celluloid dreams, where it as easy to be seduced by charms of some attractive co-stars as it is to be repelled by the weird shenanigans of other equally narcissistic ones. At least that's the perception.
So which are the alliances and breakups that have provided fodder for the star-struck public's imagination - here are the popular ones that have dominated the news:
a) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: Ever since this A-list glamorous pair met on the sets of 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith', they've formed a very intimate and seemingly impregnable association. The rapport and love that they share is evident from their conduct, statements, period of cohabitation, and the attention they shower on their children – both real and adopted ones. All this has led fans to feverishly speculate on their wedding at every juncture. Matters came to a head recently when Brad hosted an opulent party in his French Villa that included, among many distinguished guests, the jewelry designer of Angelina. But all gossip has proven false – at least for the time being- so people will just have to wait!
b) Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson: The couple who created a worldwide rage with their pairing in the 'Twilight' series has made no bones about their real-life romantic relations. As usual, this has sparked off wild anecdotes among crazed fans about their impending wedding. This link-up, it seems however, will remain just that – immediate marriage plans have been recently denied by Robert who further claimed that he had been misquoted by some overzealous film scribes.
c) Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake: No doubt, the young celebrity couple is engaged but rumor mongers are insisting that they are soon going to tie the knot too – after all a 5-year engagement is an eon by Hollywood terms. But Jessica has quashed all such hearsay declaring that her relationship with Justin is as strong as ever and the couple feels no pressure to exchange wedding vows just yet.
a) Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith: Will Smith has arguably been the most successful and multifaceted movie celebrity in recent times having found fame in every genre - be it films, music, or production. His 15-year marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith is another celebrated fact in Hollywood, where relations are so fickle. Recently, however, there was increasing tittle-tattle about them filing for divorce due to differences over fostering of their two children. This rumor was also fueled by them not revealing much during public gatherings. It took Jada an interview with a movie glossy to finally dispel the rumors as unfounded and malicious.
b) Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas: Griffith had a very public breakup with Don Johnson, her former husband of 'Miami Vice' fame, and went on to wed Banderas. Now it seems the divorce curse is on them what with reports to that effect having emerged. It all started when Griffith was spotted sans her wedding ring at a gathering and matters escalated when Banderas was sighted reveling amorously with numerous ladies in Cancun and later with Indian starlet Mallika Sherawat at Cannes. It appears, however, that the couple has refuted the allegations and is doing their utmost to salvage their marriage.
c) Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom: There was heightened buzz about the young couple heading for a marriage split when both the stars were seen without their wedding rings. What also added to the gossip was news of their frustration with their flagging careers and negative statements made by their close acquaintances. Their film agent has recently branded the divorce claims as misleading and erroneous but this has not stopped further speculation.
So there it is. It seems that as long as celebrity frenzy exists, marriage and divorce chitchat will continue to be conversation starters in the roller-coaster world that is Hollywood.
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