Americans are far too invested in the private lives of celebrities, as if we personally know them or are somehow affected by their problems. The pervasiveness of media on the Internet and television have made this possible, and people spend far too much time consuming media than they do producing goods and services. If we paid more attention to those around us and those who are closer to us, the country would have a lot fewer problems.
There is a good reason that celebrities make so much money. They give up so much privacy in exchange for what they are paid to be famous and make movies. These people cannot even go through hard times, such as divorce, without literally the entire world knowing the gory details.
I feel that the general public are too obsessed with the intimate details of the lives of famous celebrities like Brad Pitt. This desire for personal details drives the demand for paparazzi and press to intrude into the lives of celebrities, encouraging them to report on events and details that should be kept private.
No, we are not too consumed with celebrity gossip that is invasive and personal. There are many reasons people enjoy celebrity gossip, one being that you learn what high-status individuals do, so you might more effectively become one. Also, knowing what is going on with high-status individuals, you'd be better able to navigate the social scene