A couple weeks ago a tabloid rag ran an article about an actor who supposedly cheated on his wife while she was pregnant with their second child. I don't read tabloids, and I don't consider them sources of accurate reporting and fact-checking. However, what I did find very interesting about the whole situation was some of the fan reaction I came across online.
Many fans insisted that the actor couldn't possibly have been unfaithful to his wife -- because he is a family man, because he is close to his parents, who are "good people," because HE is a "good man," etc. Who wants to believe that a person they admire could lie and cheat?
I am in no way claiming that the actor in question actually did cheat on his wife. But I know this: most of us don't know our favorite public figures. We admire them from a distance. We know what images they project. We know how they make us feel if they are actors or artists. We may even know when they were born, their favorite foods, and the names of their family pets.
The sum of all that still does not equal true knowledge of a person.
People we do know well and even love, may shock both us and themselves with what they can do, including being unfaithful. Standing on the outside of a relationship, we simply cannot know and understand precisely what occurs on the inside.
That holds true for our friends, relatives, and favorite celebrities.