Cheating and lying during marriage isn’t what it used to be. Eva Longoria would probably agree, based on the fact that she has filed for divorce from NBA star Tony Parker after finding numerous text messages from another woman on his phone. Apparently, it was the last straw for Longoria, who admitted that Parker had an affair once before during the marriage. According to People.com, she said that her soon-to-be ex kept in touch with that woman through Facebook.
Technology has changed the playing field for celebrity marriages and divorces. Here are three high-profile cases that prove the point.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
Do I even need to explain myself with this one? It’s the story of the decade, and it most certainly exploded due to today’s techno-savvy devices. Had it not been for text messaging, there might not be much proof that Woods had committed adultery (newsweek). In fact, the now infamous golfer could still be hiding his purported sex addiction, leaving his former reputation intact. But, thanks to technology, his world came crashing down. And it wasn’t just the text message records that caused such a racket – the Internet helped to explode the news too!
Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva
Have you heard any of the rants that Gibson has had with Grigorieva? If not, don’t look for them on the Internet. It will be time that you can never get back. Thanks to the ability to record conversations on cell phones, the melodrama between these two has become the talk of the town this year.
Plus, Mel has accused Oksana of extortion, and he has text messages to prove it (celebdirtylaundry.com). The actor has had his share of reputation-damaging moments, but the recent events of his failed marriage have placed him at the forefront for bad behavior. Text messages and recorded conversations are pieces of evidence that did not exist 30 years ago.
Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook
Technology played a different role in the breakup of the supermodel and the architect. The access of the Internet proved to be the downfall of their marriage. Cook reportedly spent more than $3,000 per month on Internet porn, and Brinkley discovered that her husband had posted video of himself doing lewd and lascivious things on the web (nydailynews.com). How’s that for modern times? These are not the issues that playboys of years past had to deal with. If a man wanted extra-marital action, he had to physically find it. The satisfaction of his desires wasn’t simply found at his fingertips (no pun intended).
I don’t think that technology is blowing things out of proportion for these philanderers. People who cheat are most likely going to be discovered one way or another. I do think that the Internet brings unnecessary attention to an otherwise private matter between two people. But celebrities are always in the spotlight, which means that the good, the bad, and the ugly things surrounding them are in the spotlight too. Modern technology just has a way of keeping it real.
Mike Fleeman, “Did Tony Parker Cheat on Eva Longoria with Teammate’s Wife?”, People.com
Nick Summers, “Tiger Woods, Text Messages, and the Golden Age of the Sex Scandal”, Newsweek
Robyn, “The “Mel-Hell” Saga Continues Mel Gibson Has Texts that Prove Oksana Extorted Him”, Celebdirtylaundry.com
Shallon Lester, “Pros: Porn’s not at fault for Christie Brinkley divorce”, NY Daily News