By Jessica DeRubbo

Recent Glee guest Gwyneth Paltrow is making headlines lately.  Even though she’s part of a high-profile celebrity relationship herself, she is speaking out against “unnecessary” celebrity couples.  In fact, she went so far as to tell CNN,  “It’s just unnecessary to be a public couple, and to have your couple-dom or whatever be its own entity.  It doesn’t make sense to have that in the public world.”

Alright, Gwyneth, I see your point.  There are definitely famous couples who live for the spotlight, which is pathetic.  One obvious example is former Hills stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.

I don’t know about you, but I’m under the impression that their every move is to garnish media coverage.  And then there’s LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian.  Has anyone else noticed their everyday presence in tabloids lately?  They cheated on their respective spouses with each other and then they spend months defending their indiscretion to the media.  Is that necessary?

Even Taylor Swift is becoming a constant presence in the celebrity relationship world.  While she doesn’t currently have an ‘other-half,’ I’d be shocked to see someone who doesn’t know that Taylor Swift is single and loving it.  I’ve read at least three interviews in the last month where she refers to her singleness.  Okay, we get it already!

Yes, I see Gwyneth Paltrow’s point.  She even refers to her own relationship, saying, “When I see high-profile relationships now, I think, ‘Oh my God’ even though I’m technically in one.  But we sort of don’t do anything public, we try to keep it behind the scenes as possible (sic).  Because it just generates more interest…it just undermines the quality of your life.”  That being said, there’s certainly a lot to learn from those high-profile pairs that Gwyneth Paltrow speaks about.  Celebrity couples can teach us about our own personal relationships.  Consider the following:

1. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt: You may roll your eyes at their publicity stunts, but through that negativity you realize that you want to avoid being like them in your own life.  They convince you that it’s probably best not to discuss every detail of your relationship to anyone who will listen.

2. LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian: This singer and actor duo made the mistake of cheating on their significant others and then defended their decision to do so, even though many would agree that infidelity is morally wrong.  LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian help you realize that if you find yourself falling in love with someone who isn’t your current partner, you should call it quits and come clean about any wrong doings.  Apologize and move on.  And whatever you do, don’t rehash the past in public!

3. Taylor Swift: She’s not only been linked to John Mayer, Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas and Jake Gyllenhaal, but she’s turned around and written songs about it.  And right now, Taylor Swift is embracing the single life, calling it “wonderful.”  What have we learned from her?  Being single is okay!  Dating is okay!  Instead of sulking in a dark corner and lamenting your current solo status, enjoy the experience while it lasts.  If Taylor Swift can do it, so can you.

Gwyneth Paltrow may make a valid point in her rant on high-profile celebrity couples, but I highly doubt those who crave the limelight will leave the tabloids anytime soon.  As long as they exist, we can use these stories to gain insight into the multifaceted world of dating and relationships.