Posted By: Will King
The roster of former boyfriends accumulated by Jennifer Love Hewitt is a veritable who’s who of who’s that? Vaguely familiar faces from film and TV, including that guy from that thing. That’s not to say she hasn’t bagged some big names – everyone from John Cusack to John Mayer (it was her week in the rotation). For a while it was Enrique Iglesias – even Jamie Kennedy. Like her character on Lifetime’s The Client List – the girl got around. But then came Adam.
Actually she went looking for him – Adam Levine of Maroon-5 that is. She shared with Ellen DeGeneres (and her TV audience) that mommy liked what mommy saw. He had just become single, she’d heard – having plowed through everyone from Jessica Simpson to Cameron Diaz (just to name a fraction). Jennifer let it be known that she’d like her name added to that list.
His response was less then a love letter. In an interview with Access Hollywood, he described her approach as “aggressive” though “flattering,” making it clear there would be no forthcoming candlelit dinners. America was outraged. He should have learned from Kanye- you don’t bitch slap America’s sweetheart and expect to just continue whistling about your day.
It didn’t help that J-Love took to Twitter, clearly regretting that she ever revealed the crush in the first place.
“The moment when you make a comment about something or someone” she posted, “and the world makes you feel like a total fool.”
Levine, who had just begun dating model Behati Prinsloo at the time, was seen by many as cold, conceited and ungrateful. Let me add clueless to that list. Any man who doesn’t understand to never use the word ‘flattering’ about a woman’s affections is probably far too inwardly focused to help.
The ironic thing is that their non-relationship seemed to generate more headlines then most of the actual ones they endured. Maybe people just like to romanticize what might have been. It’s also strange to see two people with such seemingly flippant commitment to relationships become so quickly territorial.
People could relate to Jennifer’s side – who hasn’t been rejected and humiliated in front of twelve million viewers? Adam just came off as greedy, which may not have been fair in the end.
What can non-celebs take away from this? Apparently money, fame and almost disgusting beauty can be a real burden to one’s love life. But if you take away the cameras and the headlines, who hasn’t revealed feelings for someone to a third party only to have that information come back and bite you on the heart? Maybe it’s all Ellen’s fault.
Will King is a television and media critic who splits his time as a stand up comic. He collects conspiracy theories and claims to have invented Teflon. In his spare time he follows presidential politics and all traffic signs. He lives in Charlotte, NC.
Giulia: Communicating via the media/social media… never a good idea. Nothing beats the first moment you lock eyes, the first moment you touch hands, the first moment you realize “Ya, I’m really into this person.” Don’t underestimate the power of proper communication and it’s path to true love.