Between kissing Harry Styles and being introduced bythe wrong nameto going public with his new girlfriend, Lewis Capaldi had a rather eventful time at theBRIT Awards earlier this month.
It’s safe to say we’ve all been obsessed with the Scottish singer since he shot to fame in 2018 with his soulful voice and down-to-earth humour.
He’s built up a loyal online fanbase and over the years has opened up about the ups and downs of his love life in both his music and in interviews.
So it’s no surprise that fans were thrilled when he appeared to update his relationship status by kissing actress and model Ellie MacDowell at a BRIT Awards after party.
It seems Lewis and Ellie have been dating for some time already now, with photos of the pair dating going as far back as December on Ellie’s Instagram.
It got us thinking, why is it that we get so emotionally invested in the lives of certain celebrities to the point that we feel genuine happiness for Lewis?
Well, while we may not know the celebrities we follow on a personal basis, our brains certainly think we do, as we subconsciously form parasocial attachments to our favourite stars.
After all, it’s pretty hard not to get attached when you’re being exposed to a constant stream of red carpet photos, video interviews as well as general news and updates via social media and TV.
This can affect our mood more than you might think, so when an unlucky-in-love celeb gets into a new relationship or two reality stars announce they’re getting married, we feel like it’s happening to one of our own friends.
So this could explain whyJennifer Lopezand Ben Affleck’s reunion and subsequent marriage almost two decades after they first dated had so many people feeling emotional.
Or why big moments such as ex-Love IslandersMolly-Mae Hagueand Tommy Fury welcoming their first child together or Rihanna announcing her second pregnancy on stage during her Superbowl half-time show mean so much to us.
Likewise, if we perceive two people as being perfect for each other based on the limited information we have about them, we naturally start to root for them to get together and prove us right.
In other words, it’s why it feels like the whole world is waiting for Amelia Dimoldenberg and Andrew Garfield to finally sit down together for a Chicken Shop Date following their flirty red carpet exchanges.
Of course, it works the other way too, and while success stories and cute moments in celebrity relationships have the power to make us feel good, famous breakups can leave us experiencing a very real sense of loss.
Take presenter Maya Jama and rapper Stormzy, for example.
They were together for four years before devastating fans by splitting in 2019. But while their relationship may have long ended (not to mention Maya has actually been engaged to someone else since then), the internet’s fascination with the couple never really went away.
So much so that Maya recently set the record straight following countless rumours that she had reunited with her ex after attending some of the same events as him.
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