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Life Goes On: Why Kim Kardashian's Divorce Doesn't Matter

Yesterday afternoon, social media and actual media alike went berserk with news that Kim Kardashian, 31, had filed for divorce from her 26-year-old ballplayer husband of 72 days, Kris Humphries.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage,” Kim said in the cliched press statement. “I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned.”

Kim, who asked the court to reject any attempt for Kris to get spousal support, added the requisite, “We remain friends and wish each other the best.”

Upon hearing this news, I wondered whether or not there was a fill in the blank form that all publicists use to announce celebrity splits. I mean, is it me? Or they all sound exactly alike? Then, I wondered about all the people who were actually surprised by this announcement. The timing? I get the shock in that. I certainly didn’t think this couple would grow old together, but neither did I think I’d be able to count the weeks they were married on both hands. But way too many people seemed genuinely surprised that the wedding was a seeming hoax, and wondered what was the point of spending all that money on the wedding (in a recession!!!) if it was only going to end so soon.

Um… Kim Kardashian is a reality TV star. Her entire life over the last five years has been staged, scripted, filmed, edited, publicized, and aired. Is it really so unbelievable that a woman whose mother, Kris Kardashian, is a proven marketing mastermind who exploits her daughters’ relationships, family dysfunctions, bodies, medical conditions (and more) would fake a wedding? (That’s rhetorical.) And while we’re talking about masterminds, don’t believe for a second that Kris H. was an unassuming victim of the Kardashian machine. He may look like he’s thinking “duh!” all day, but those witty one-liners he drops to put Kim in her place tell a different story. Please believe he got paid well for his services, and he won’t be dipping into his savings to get by during the NBA lockout.

Now that the quick Kardashian-Humphries union is soon to be dissolved, critics have raised the question as to whether reality TV and Kim have finally gone too far for the sake of ratings. Stop. Kim isn’t the first or last person to marry for publicity or money. And while she (and her mother) may be mocking the supposed sanctity of marriage, the institution is no more destroyed by Kim’s quick about face than the reigning fifty percent divorce rate. If anyone’s faith in marriage has decreased because Kim filed for divorce, they didn’t have faith in marriage to begin with. Sorry.

With or without Kim’s support (or maybe, yours) marriage will go on just fine. So will you. And so will Kim and Kris H, and the Keeping Up With the Kardashians franchise. A lot more people will be watching to see what Kris K. has scripted next for her clan, especially Kim. And that there is the whole point.

Demetria L. Lucas is the author of “A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life” (Atria) in stores now. Follow her on Twitter at @abelleinbk

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"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

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"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

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Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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