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Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz to divorce. Why do some break-ups affect us more than others?

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Wentz-SimpsonImage Credit: Chris Weeks/WireImage.comJust this past week alone, Jude Law and Sienna Miller ended their relationship, Terrence Howard’s wife filed for divorce, and Kelsey Grammer made moves to make his divorce with Camille Grammer official. But none of these break-ups involving high-profile stars affected us quite like the one announced today involving a pair of significantly lower-profile celebrities: As anyone who logged onto an entertainment website learned, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Pete Wentz.

Like many of you, upon hearing the news, I found myself hit with a pang of sadness. And also like many of you, I immediately found myself wondering: Why do I care?

Now, we’ve been through this before, albeit on a much larger scale: When Sandra Bullock and Jesse James parted ways very publicly last year, we all felt the immediate, inexplicable need to grab the tissues, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, and sit on the couch watching While You Were Sleeping, because we had to believe that love still existed in the world! (Just me? No, come on, you were at least tempted, right?) But that break-up was different: We had spent months watching the duo express their love for each other during the awards season, making us feel we were watching a fairy tale destined for a happily ever after. Simpson-Wentz and Wentz kept a remarkably lower profile. While part of the reason we feel attached to the couple is because the tabloids chronicled their early relationship, engagement, wedding, and birth of their son, Bronx Mowgli, the pair has spent the better half of the last two years out of the spotlight – presumably, living like a normal couple. When it came to celebrity marriages, they really seemed to be just like us: Walking casually through the town, buying groceries, clutching their adorable baby in their arms. We often expect the high-profile relationships to fail – I can’t say I felt anything when Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson broke up – but if two seemingly normal, made-for-each-other kids can’t make it work, what hope is there for us? Okay, Kate, bring yourself back: Hollywood is not real life, Hollywood is not real life…

Who else found themselves more disappointed than they expected about the Wentz break-up?

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