Three young women. Three scandals.
In the last few weeks, Paris Jackson, Kristen Stewart and Suri Cruise have all been in the news for reasons they'd prefer not to be. A family out of control, an affair with a married man and whirlwind divorce that no one can stop talking about. We just hope Suri doesn't have an iPhone.
Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, has been tweeting nonstop the last few days as her father's siblings and mother have furiously fought over the estate and guardianship of his three children. Kristen Stewart just publicly apologized for cheating with the married director of Snow White and the Huntsman, Rupert Sanders. And Suri Cruise has faced countless paparazzi as she's shuttled back and forth between her separated parents. Welcome to 2012.
"In this day and age of Twitter and TMZ, these celebrities need to find family members and friends who they can speak openly and honestly with," Dr. Jenn Berman, host and lead therapist on VH1's Couples Therapy, told IFT. "Any celebrity has to think about what's she's saying, wearing and image she's projecting."
Both Paris, 14, and Kristen, 22, decided to take matters into their own hands and face the controversies head-on. "Everyone's taking control of me, it seems that the world's got a role for me. I'm so confused will u show me you'll be there for me," Paris tweeted on Wednesday. The origin of the words? The lyrics of one of her father's songs.
Kristen wasn't content to let the maelstrom happen around her either. Instead she took responsibility and publicly apologized to her boyfriend and co-star Robert Pattinson. "I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry," Kristen said in a statement Wednesday.
Dr. Berman commends Kristen for owning up to her indiscretion. "It was very wise for her to come out and take responsibility," Dr. Berman, who also has a clothing line called Retail Therapy, said. "After something like this people want to see her looking remorseful. They will want to know that her behavior and clothing match the somber tone of her press release."
Of course, Suri, who's 6, can't speak to the press right now. But Katie's reported decision to stop buying Suri couture clothes speaks loudly. "I think it's fantastic," Dr. Berman said. "She should be able to run and play without worrying about getting her high heels dirty."
Fortunately, Suri doesn't yet have a Facebook or Twitter account. And we hope that will continue for a long, long time.