Why do some celebrity couples repel us? Welcome to the magnet theory.

A single behind-the-scenes video of Timothée Chalamet and Kylie Jenner at an awards show was enough to ignite a torrent of TikTok love.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard constantly tell fans that their marriage is hard work and not always as pretty as it appears in pictures, yet it’s still seen as the ultimate fairytale.

Zendaya and Tom Holland are notoriously private about their relationship, yet a glimpse of him watching her walk down a red carpet from a nearby hotel room was enough to bring on a slew of fan fiction.

And so hungry were people for the storytelling around Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s romance when it first emerged, that hundreds of articles were written around a viral tweet guessing the condiment mixture she favoured on one of their dates.

On the flip side of this, celebrity pairings such as Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd, Jessica Biel and Chris Evans, Macaulay Culkin and Mila Kunis, and Penélope Cruz and Matthew McConaughey, on paper, seemed ripe for fandoms to build up around their relationships. Yet either the public attention fizzled or they become a source of ridicule.

In many ways, the coverage of celebrity relationships behaves like a box of magnets. When placed in a certain way, they stick together, but when placed the other way around they push away from each other.

Maybe the simplest explanation here is that stars like Gigi Hadid and Bradley Cooper are just two magnets that, when their stories are brought together, have the power to repel.

Laura Brodnik is Mamamia’s Head of Entertainment and host of The Spill podcast. You can follow her on Instagram here.

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