In the past two decades, the world of celebrity has changed dramatically. Not only have we witnessed the rise of social media, but we’ve also been graced with a new breed of famous personalities. Gone are the days of simply being famous for being famous. Nowadays, it’s all about being famous for something; whether it’s your talent or your looks, or even your children. We’ve seen a number of famous couples split up, but as celebrities become more famous for being famous than for being together, we’re starting to see a shift in the way couples handle their fame. That’s what makes these 20 celebrity couples important; they are a microcosm of how fame has changed the way we see relationships and married life.

Husbands Come First

Inevitably, as the years pass by, fame and fortune will come beckoning. And if you’re lucky enough to catch a lucky star, you may find yourself in a situation where your spouse is no longer the person you met and fell in love with. It’s not uncommon for famous couples to go their separate ways once their public personas become more defined. Inevitably, some couples will grow apart as their careers take them further and further from each other. That’s a harsh reality to face as you move forward in life.

Once the paparazzi have left and the fans have gone home, you’re left with just you and your spouse (or partners). It’s worth noting here that not all famous couples split up. There are a select few who have managed to navigate the ups and downs of fame successfully. We’ll get to them in a bit.

The Power of a Good Look

It’s no secret that the celebrity scene is primarily fueled by glamour and good looks. Your spouse may not be your best friend, but a steady stream of beautiful women (and men) are often eager to jump into a committed relationship with a well-known person. Your good looks can help you along the way, attracting fans and leading to higher profile gigs.

While we can’t guarantee that your beauty will help you to nab a prince, it can certainly help you to snag a celebrity. There are plenty of wealthy, famous, and attractive men and women who are looking for someone to share their passion with. A good looking spouse can also do wonders for your career. If you ever wanted to become a famous singer, for example, you could always benefit from the help of a hot, handsome partner. With their connections, they might just be able to get you on the right track. (And if they don’t, at least you’ll look good while you’re knocking on doors!)

It’s important to keep in mind here that not all beautiful people are created equal. Some of them are just as insecure and vain as the rest of us mere mortals. While it’s amazing that someone with your looks can land a leading role, it can also be a curse. Make sure you’re careful whom you give your heart to; otherwise, you might end up like so many others before you. Your looks alone won’t get you far, you know. And believe it or not, your personality can be just as important as your looks. A stunning spouse can still have a terrible personality, and vice versa.

Children Bring New Challenges

Being a parent is a full-time job, as they say. When you have kids, your life changes completely. Suddenly, your relationship with your spouse isn’t just limited to your romantic interactions. You have to develop a whole new dynamic; one that involves disciplining, teaching, and mentoring your children. If being a celebrity is new to you, training your children to be famous may be even more difficult. Your kids may not appreciate the fact that they have fame in their blood, and it could cause serious problems down the line.

Being famous for being famous is an entirely different ballgame to being famous for something genuine. In the first case, you can bet that your children will question your motives. Your privacy will be invaded, and it’s possible that your children will resent you for it. These are all issues that you have to consider before you become more famous than you’d like to be. Going forward, you may find that your children don’t want to hang out with you or trust you. Maybe they’ll even try to follow in your footsteps. Children can be very cruel, especially when they don’t get their way.

The world of celebrity is changing. While it’s still dominated by men, we’re starting to see more and more women rise to the top. And because of this, our perceptions of what it means to be famous have changed as well. In the next few years, we’ll undoubtedly continue to see more and more famous couples separate, only to learn that it’s not always the end of the world. There are still plenty of happy and loving couples out there, enjoying the perks of being famous for being famous. Yet, it’s important to acknowledge that the way we define fame today is very different to the way it was a few decades ago. Nowadays, being famous isn’t the end-all-be-all that it used to be. There are still plenty of people who consider being famous to be a failing, while others see it as a gift. Yet, one thing is for sure: no matter what, you’ll never be able to escape your fame.