a novel by JOHN GRABOWSKI

Datin’ for Katy

KP

What would you think if you came across Katy Perry on an online dating site? You’d assume it was fake, right?

Well, maybe it’s not. It seems like celebrities look for love the same way many of the rest of us do.

Maybe it’s not surprising. Their options for many “normal” things are so much more limited. That’s one of the main things that I wanted to point out in Entertaining Welsey Shaw, one of the reasons why I wrote it. (And yes, for several of you who’ve asked, it’s at the professional editing stage, or will be soon…as soon as my chosen editor is finished her current project.) As non-famous people we can do so many things that celebrities can’t. Like walk down the street unharassed.

Yet the famous have many of the same needs as everyone. And while money and fame can solve some of their wants, it can actually be a hindrance for others.

Weird equation, isn’t it? See why I wanted to write this novel?

So Katy, and Lily Allen, and Halle Berry, and Adele and—gasp!—Lindsay Lohan—have turned to the same sites as plebeians to try to find love. Or at least a good time.

And probably more people we don’t know about.

It’s ironic that as we’re closer and closer in this world we’re really farther and farther apart. Our grandparents didn’t need anything like dating services. They probably knew more people, and talked to more people, in a single day that we—our heads down in our phones, our ears plugged with rubber tubes—do in a week. Technology is a double-edged sword, and just as it allows contact more than ever it facilitates meaningful contact with fewer and fewer.

Recently I saw a poster announcing an upcoming speed-dating night at a mall where I get lunch sometimes. On a certain night in June, participants will have three minutes to sit and connect with others. Three minutes. What you could possibly talk about in three minutes, and what sense you could make of it, is something I can’t imagine, but I would seriously like to hear testimonials from anyone who has ever found a soul-mate after a session of speed dating. Any takers?

I guess finding Katy Perry on a dating site isn’t that far-fetched. After all, Mila Kunis dated a Marine who asked her out on YouTube. And she’s said she plays online video games with “ordinary” people, though whether she reveals her identity or not I don’t know.

Not every celebrity lives shut up behind tall fences, alienating ordinary people with their sense of entitlement. Some can be downright down to earth. So…you never know.

Read more about which celebrities you might find looking for love online.

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