Cheating and “Conscious Uncoupling.” How sad!

If you count yourself among those who’ve never been cheated on, Cameron Diaz has these words of wisdom: It will happen, or it’s already happened and you just don’t know it.

The actress gave her perspective on relationships as she and Leslie Mann promoted their new comedy, “The Other Woman,” at CinemaCon, the annual convention of movie exhibitors.

The two ladies joked around with each other as they talked about the film, in which Diaz discovers her boyfriend is actually married to Mann and the pair team up to seek revenge.

In real life, Diaz insists that everyone has been the victim of a cheating partner.

“At some point in your life everybody has been cheated on,” she said. “I’m not saying that the relationship you’re in currently, you’re going to get cheated on, but eventually or maybe in the past it’s happened.”

And if you think you’re the exception to the rule, Diaz has news for you: “You’ve never been cheated on? You’ve never been cheated on ever? Really? Really, nothing? Oh good. Well, guess what? You may not know that you’ve been cheated on.”

The 41-year-old actress also weighed in on the “conscious uncoupling” of her friends Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.

The actress and musician were married in 2003 and have two children. They announced their split on Tuesday in a message on the actress’s blog titled “Conscious Uncoupling.”

Diaz says they’re handling divorce the right way “because everybody is interested and they are giving them the truth.”

She added: “They’re being very honest about their relationship which is that they are really great friends, they’re amazing parents and they’re just consciously deciding that a part of their life is not going to be spent the way it’s been for the last 11 years, which I think is …”

“Eleven years is a long time. That’s a long time. It makes sense,” added Mann.

“The Other Woman” opens in U.S. theaters on April 25.

It’s a bit hard to talk with my jaw on the floor.  I feel sad for a famous, wealthy woman–Cameron Diaz (and Gwyenth Paltrow, Chris Martin and their two precious children).  In spite of her worldly success, Diaz is tremendously confused.  She surely has been victimized in past relationships.  Her cynical edge is understandable.  Plus, we can only imagine the dysfunctional relationships Diaz has witnessed in Hollywood.  She also indicates that she believes an eleven-year-relationship is “a long time.”  Furthermore, Diaz apparently has deep respect for the “amazing parents” (Paltrow and Martin) who are now “consciously uncoupling” after just a decade.  Clearly, Diaz has not been surrounded by examples of couples who live love.  My guess is that she has not seen two individuals commit to “death do us part” and work through their issues for the benefit of their children.

I feel sad.  I feel sad for Cameron.  I feel sad for Paltrow and Martin.  I feel great empathy for their children.  Rather than being provided a foundation for future success, they are hamstrung.  Can they heal?  You bet they can!  Can they learn how to live love?  Absolutely!  Stories abound of individuals who have turned a dysfunctional past into a functioning present.   But how sad it is to hear stories of the reality of sin and the confusion of an actress who considers sin to be acceptable.

Need I provide the self-evident application?  Live love!  Live love today!  That’s my plan.  I use negative examples as fuel for my faithfulness.  And–I also utilize positive examples as models to mimic.  In a sense, I am thankful for both.  May my/our example provide the foundation my children (and future generations) need to live love to the glory of God!


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