Celebrity Buddies Gone Bust
From friends to frenemies, therapists explain why famous friends fell out.
From friends to frenemies, it happens oh-so often in Hollywood (and in real-life). But, for A-listers, perhaps the pressures of high-profile careers are just enough to strain a relationship to the breaking point. Outside pressures aside, when friends become enemies, experts say, it could be their own egos at fault.
According to New York-based marriage and family therapist Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, "Celebrities need attention and external validation to feed their insatiable narcissism. Their narcissism in turn consumes them with self-obsession—qualities that destroy relationships and provoke hostility from others," he says. "When two narcissistic celebrities enter into a relationship with one another the results are toxic and explosive."
We profiled seven pairs of former besties to get to the bottom of the she-said/she-said and find out why these famous friends really fell out.
After consoling Madge during her divorce from Guy Ritchie, Paltrow reportedly became angry with the singer after she dropped their mutual trainer and friend Tracy Anderson. Now, news reports have surfaced that Madonna has been 'banned' from their former close circle of famous friends such as Stella McCartney, Beyoncé and Kate Hudson altogether.
Licensed psychotherapist Brooke Miller thinks these two stars ended their friendship because they just didn't have enough in common anymore. "These women found each other while they were wearing similar hats in their family units and in their lives," Miller says. "But, after Madonna's divorce, they had less similar ground to stand on and just like in romantic relationships, some pairings work better when they have a lot in common."