Is Beyoncé and Gwen Stefani Airing Their Dirty Laundry In Public a Bad Thing?

Is Beyoncé and Gwen Stefani Airing Their Dirty Laundry In Public a Bad Thing?

The singers have let us deep into their marriages. 

By Marianne Garvey

Beyoncé made Lemonade, an entire album that you can interpret however you’d like, but it’s evident that somewhere along the way, she and Jay Z were having marital problems, and Bey let out her personal anger, hurt, and healing in the album. Then the world was mad at Jay. Nobody cheats on Bey. 

Gwen Stefani wrote the hit record Tragic Kingdom while fronting No Doubt, which was all about her breakup with band member Tony Kanal. We all know Tony dumped her and her heart was broken. She did it again this year, releasing her solo album, This is What the Truth Feels Like, following her split from Gavin Rossdale. Not nice, Gavin. You know Gwen is a fragile songbird.

Artists draw from their personal lives for their art, it's how beautiful things are made. But is there such a thing as going too far? Can it actually hurt the relationship when you tell the public too many intimate details about it?

Relationship expert Kristi Price explains that if individuals are happy and they want to sing and express it in their art, go for it. But there's a line you shouldn't cross.

“If they are going through tough times and need an outlet for the sadness and anger, perhaps painting, using sculpture and creating objects can be a healthy, therapeutic outlet,” she says. “These activities won’t cause damage to the relationship because accusatory words aren’t present for negative interpretation by the public.”

But when words through songs, or otherwise, are used to vent and possibly harm the other person in a relationship, it can be very detrimental. 

“For starters, when you open your relationship hardships up to the public, it causes a breakdown of trust,” Kristi says. “Also, the artist’s, partner’s best interest isn’t necessarily a concern for their audience. Publicly airing relationship problems can open up negative consequences for their kids and other family members as well creating a breakdown, not only in the relationship, but in the family unit as a whole.”

As for making money off your art/relationship troubles, no problem there.

“I see no problem with it if you choose the right outlets that don’t harm the relationship by making your personal details public,” she says. 

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