Actor Priyanka Chopra and rumoured boyfriend Nick Jonas bid goodbye to India recently. While the Quantico actor and her alleged singer-songwriter beau were in India, their every move was served to the consumers of page three news. There were photographs of them leaving together for a dinner dates, attending the engagement bash of Mukesh Ambani’s elder son and the couple vacationing in Goa. It mustn’t be easy to nurture a romance while leading a celebrity’s life!

But it wasn’t just the photographs, this sojourn came with a heap of gossip and unnecessary speculations. Chopra’s mother apparently said that it was too early to form an opinion about Nick, which brewed a rumour that she didn’t approve of her daughter’s choice. Many leading dailies also published that Chopra and Jonas may get engaged in a month. Then there were the click-bait headlines to lure in readers, which were all about the “cute” comments these two left on each other’s pictures on Instagram, or how much in love they looked, while on vacation.

If you were to put an ordinary couple’s romance to such scrutiny, I am not sure how long it would survive.

Stop looking at celeb romance from those rose-tinted glasses

I get it, celebrity romances excite fans. Most people may already have imagined a perfect wedding for Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Many are waiting with bated breath for Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to tie the knot. But it seems too much to ask from a new alliance like that of Chopra-Jonas to give their followers epic life lasting romances.

Why do people fall for articles titled “A and B look so much in love in these new pics,” or “they cannot keep their eyes off each other”?

Don’t such kind of headlines burden a budding romance with expectations? With celebrity marriages falling apart all around us, isn’t it time to look at these link-ups sans our rose-tinted glasses? Must we always eagerly await for news on the nuptials, as soon as a celeb couple steps out for its third date?

Fans feel entitled to know every little detail about the personal life of their favourite star. They must know what Chopra’s mother thinks of her partner. Or whether the couple is planning to buy a dog together. Imagine what kind of strain it must put on these people to step out for a movie date and walk right into rumours of moving in together.

The problem is that we the common people are perennially thirsty for fairytale romances.

We yearn for beautiful people to fall in love and give us the perfect endings which they depict onscreen. But what we forget is that there is no such thing as a perfect relationship, even for a seemingly perfect people. And the over-enthusiasm of paparazzi and fans puts more strain on these relationships than there already is. They end up wanting to make a relationship work, because their fans want it to work.

Give Chopra and Jonas a little breather. They are talented people on top of their games professionally and in the prime of their lives. Let them be where they are. Let them decide when they want to move forward. It’s not easy to enjoy a romance in their fishbowl celebrity lives. There is no point in further adding to their misery with the burden of our starry-eyed expectations.

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Yamini Pustake Bhalerao is a writer with the SheThePeople team, in the Opinions section.  The views expressed are the author’s own

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