Even some of the hottest stars can lose their spark. Cosmo examines the reasons behind the latest celebrity breakup.
By Yelena Shuster
When we heard the news that Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds broke up, we almost cried. Not only did their combined hotness make us drool, but also they seemed like the perfect, no-drama celebrity couple who didn't sell their wedding pics to tabloids and kept their relationship gossip-free. In an earlier interview, ScarJo gushed to Cosmo about her engagement to Ryan: "I'm very, very happy." Even their positively sweet joint statement about the divorce made them seem like a golden couple: "We entered our relationship with love and it's with love and kindness we leave it."
So what went wrong?
We consulted a relationship expert to see how a relationship can go from steamy to splitsville. Turns out, there are four major reasons a marriage can fall apart.
Related: 3 Weird Signs He's Into You1) Distance doesn't always make the heart grow fonder.
"Celebrity couples have a unique set of challenges to address, especially those who are working apart in different cities. Spending all that time apart does really affect the marriage," says Dr. Terri Orbuch, PhD and author of Five Simple Steps To Take Your Marriage From Good to Great. "If they don't make consistent efforts to connect with one another when they're separated and working in different cities - like emailing, skyping, or texting - both people will feel lonely and turn to others to get that support they expect from their partner."
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2) Think twice before getting engaged in your early twenties.Though Scarlett is definitely wise beyond her years, she said yes to marriage at 23 - an age relationship experts say can be too young to make a decision about who to spend the rest of your life with. "I encourage women especially to wait until 25," says Dr. Orbuch. "If you're in your early 20s, you want to give yourself time to figure out what you need out of a relationship, because it's really difficult to have your partner meet those expectations if you're not sure what they are."
Related: 20 Fun, Easy Ways To Meet A Guy3) Beware of the Terrible Twos.
The star couple was married for two years before calling it quits, which can be a difficult time for any newlywed. "That adrenaline-producing feeling you get from love is able to last only about a year and a half. That's when the newness wears off and we see our partners for who they really are," says Dr. Orbuch.
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4) Take your time getting to the aisle.
Scarlett and Ryan got married after a year of dating, which could be too early to realize if you share the same long-term goals. "Sometimes a year isn't enough to see if your underlying values - like your feelings about religion and raising kids, not your interests or hobbies or food preferences - are compatible," says Dr. Orbuch. "Similarity in those underlying values is what keeps people together for the long haul and leads to an easier, smoother relationship."
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The good news is, if there's anyone who can weather a divorce and still come out on top, it's Scarlett. There's a reason we featured the fun and fearless actress on our cover so many times. The brainy bombshell has kept us on our toes from her first breakthrough child role to her latest Tony-winning Broadway performance. We have no doubt she'll rebound from this with a new man, better perspective, and another Oscar nomination to boot.
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