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General Petraeus! Kristen Stewart! Simon Cowell! Valérie Trierweiler! Can't anyone keep it in their pants nowadays?

The most commonly asked question about celebrity culture is probably the easiest to answer. "What is the point," everyone loves to despair, "of all these ridiculous people?" But isn't it obvious? To make us feel so much better about our own dysfunctional relationships, of course.

Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown became the star of her own reality show, The Houstons: On Our Own, within months of losing her mother – but that looked like a positively good idea compared with the one she announced in the first trailer. The 19-year-old, we discovered, was getting engaged – to her adopted brother! Surprise! The Houstons weren't thrilled, but that didn't stop the cameras rolling. "No one knew that from a godson you would turn into a boyfriend. No one knew that," her uncle scolded the groom-to-be, »

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