Celebrity stalking

BREAKING NEWS: TomKat Getting Divorced!

Okay, if you don’t know me IRL, I have a confession. I stalk celebrities.

Well, I don’t really stalk them. That sounds creepy. What I do is simply check a few websites…daily…and the information I gather there locks in my brain for all of eternity. This website checking is such a habit for me now, that I just assume everyone does it. I don’t look multiple times a day – just once – but I browse through People, Us Weekly, X17 online, and TMZ. Just 4 – that’s not much, right? It doesn’t help that 3 out of 4 of them are apps on my phone.

The weird part is what I remember. I can tell you the names of all the newest celebrity babies, who’s dating whom and for how long, and any information as to the background of famous people – mostly actors and musicians. Who cares, you say? I agree! No one should! I believe in letting these people live out their lives in peace. But they don’t get to do that, and the information goes right into my brain. Of course, I don’t actually tell anyone what I know, because 1) I don’t want to freak anyone out with my useless knowledge, and 2) like I said, I really do assume everyone knows what I know. And you might surprise me – I bet most of you know the answers to these questions! Anyone? A quiz:

1) What are the names of Gwen Stefani’s two children?

2) Alec Baldwin has a daughter – Ireland – with his ex-wife ___________. What was the infamous “Alec Baldwin sucks as a father” incident that happened a few years ago?

3) How many children does Kevin Federline have? (No, it’s not a trick question). Bonus points if you can name them…

4) Emma Stone is the newest “it” girl right now. How did she convince her parents to let her become an actress? What happened when she was a teenager?

…and I could go on and on. This information is kept quiet in my brain, but once in a while, there’s a desperate need for my answers, and I become helpful. Just yesterday, in fact, my sister asked me whatever happened with the showdown in the club between Drake and Chris Brown…and I was able to answer, saving the day, keeping her from conducting a Google search. Or, more likely, she would’ve just forgotten about it in about 2 seconds…but either way.

Now, the newest headlines are regarding the impending divorce between Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. Katie filed the papers in New York instead of California (they live in both places) because New York is more likely to grant her sole custody of their daughter, Suri. She wants sole custody because Tom wants to send Suri to Scientology elementary school, and Katie, raised a Christian, never fully bought into the whole Scientology thing. In fact, while Tom is off shooting a movie in some northern country, Katie has quietly gotten an apartment all set up for her, as she knew the chaos that would ensue once the papers were filed. Apparently Tom didn’t see this coming. I did – ever since that stupid couch-jumping incident. Katie should’ve stuck with Chris Klein…if that whole DUI thing never happened…..I digress.

Anyway, the real purpose of this post was to talk about how certain things happen in our society that stick in my brain, so that not only do I remember what happened, but I also remember where I was when it happened. Like, to a T.

I’ll use TomKat as an example. I was on spring break with my two college roommates in the Florida Keys, hanging out one night in a giant camper, and the news came on. It was announced that TomKat’s baby had been named “Suri”. I thought that name was….interesting, and I loudly made my opinion known. Then, I was walking through a bus/train station with N in London many months later, when on the big screen came the news that they had gotten married.  I can picture where I was standing when we saw the screen. I don’t even like either one of those actors.

Something must be wrong with me.

I have a feeling, though, that you guys can relate at least a little bit to remembering where you were when something happened. You probably just remember more important events. Do you remember where you were when you found out Michael Jackson had died? We were at a rest stop in southern Maine, and it was all over every TV in the place. (You know, Michael Jackson and I have the same birthday, in case you were curious..)

Or how about 9/11? Everyone can remember where they were when they heard that horrible news. I was a junior in high school, 16 years old, 3rd period, math. A girl came in, late, looking like she had been crying. She left again shortly after. A few minutes after that, an announcement came on over the loudspeaker that two planes had crashed into the World Trade Towers in New York City. I had just been to a Yankees game in NYC two days prior with N and my father, on September 9th, a Sunday. I didn’t even know what those buildings were, but I skipped my next class to hang out in the library with a bunch of teachers, glued to a TV screen. I mostly remember the shock and horror on everyone’s faces. How did you find out about 9/11?

The more I think about it, I guess it’s not that weird that I remember where I was when historic things happened. It’s just that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise getting married, having a kid, and getting divorced isn’t historic. I have no idea why I remember what I do. I guess it’s just another weird quirk.

Anyone else share this odd trait?




2 thoughts on “Celebrity stalking

  1. Not-So-Fertile Girl says:

    I don’t necessarily share this trait in relation to celebrity events, but I do have a weird memory for where I was when things happened, and when things happened. A lot of people remember dates, but I also remember the day of the week. For instance, I know that I met Hubby on August 2nd (my first day of teaching), but I know that that was a Monday. I know that I gave in to the idea that Hubby was who I wanted and I’d have to break it off for good with my distraction guy on a Tuesday night (Aug. 31st). I remember all the important dates of my short pregnancy, but also what day of the week they happened on. I remember lots of little things like this also. Kind of weird.
    BTW, I think I fail the quiz miserably. Federline has 3 kids, right? I think one of their names starts with an E. That’s the best I’ve got! 😛 And I do have to say that I am not surprised or sad about Katie Holmes divorcing Tom. Who can say what a marriage is really like from the outside, but there have certainly been some not cool stories floating around out there.
    I was in the UK at my in-laws’ house when MJ died. I was waiting on my tennis class to start my sophomore year of college when I found out about 9/11. Classes was cancelled, and I went back to my dorm to watch with my roommate. I called my parents obsessively without being able to get through b/c my parents both worked in Washington, D.C. at the time, right near the Pentagon. (They were both ok.)

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