Love is a many-splendored thing, especially when you’re gawking at it from the outside. In this column, we’ll be examining the celebrity couples that give us hope for our own romantic futures and trying to learn what we can from their well-documented bonds.
I know that bringing up someone’s ex is a low move, but when talking about Katie Holmes, how can you avoid it? She’s spent years not saying much about her erstwhile marriage to Tom Cruise, but I think we all remember the Oprah couch jump (and if you don’t, you are officially young enough to make me feel like a crone). I’ve been a Katie fan ever since Dawson’s Creek, and I always wanted better for her; now, joyfully, it seems she’s found it, stepping out since the spring with composer Bobby Wooten III. A Tisch dude, no less!
Although it’s not hard to out-boyfriend Tom Cruise (listen, Katie, I get it; I don’t think any of the nightmare people I dated in my early 20s were Scientologists, but how could I be sure?), Wooten seems adept at the task. He’s a Jersey boy who was raised in Chicago and, after teaching himself to play bass, worked with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Jennifer Hudson. You know he’s getting Carly Rae tickets for Suri, dude. Actually, Suri probably has enough pull to get Carly Rae tickets for herself, but I digress.
No matter how fancy or wealthy a couple might be, I’m always going to be a fan if I see them romping through Central Park, as Katie and Bobby did in April. Come on, it’s the park! In New York! In spring! It’s like a Nora Ephron movie. I also respect Katie and Bobby for their different coffee philosophies; I—and Bobby, apparently—am of the belief that it’s never too cold for iced coffee, whereas Katie appears to be firmly in the “hot is best” camp. They were with Katie’s mom, too! Crying! Then they went to the freaking Guggenheim, proving definitively that celebs are always a little bit better than you. (Ah, if I could only count the times I meant to go to a museum, and wound up at home watching Bridalplasty instead.)
Katie and Bobby met “through friends,” which I actually kind of…believe? I can’t really see Katie on Raya, although Bobby looks like exactly the kind of person you’d find on that particular dating app (not that I’d know, since I’ve never been accepted…ahem. And don’t email me to make it right, Raya; I’m off the market now. It’s too late. You know what you did). The couple that goes to weddings in Montauk together stays together, or at least is photographed looking insanely happy while at said wedding, and what more can you really ask for?