Why Men ‘Marry Up and Cheat Down’

The bust-up of David Arquette and Courteney Cox’s marriage has prompted an amusing piece by Liz Jones in the Daily Mail reflecting on the phenomenon of famous (and–not-so-famous) men who “Marry up but cheat down.”

This after 39-year-old Arquette – who Jones described a “stocky, short, whiny voiced, C-list actor”, admitted on a radio show that he had “a fling” with a waitress called Jasmine Waltz and it had made him feel “manly”. (Sounds appealing doesn’t he?)

The pair had shared seven years of apparently happy marriage and a daughter together, although Cox was seven years older.

Dazzling and Accomplished

As Jones noted: “David Arquette was dazzled by Courteney Cox when he met her on the set of the first Scream movie: she was already famous, and fabulously wealthy.

“While he looks as though he grew up on a diet of nachos, every pore of this woman oozes health and vitality. She is both funny and well read.

“Like her character, Monica, in Friends, she is a perfectionist and, according to friend Jennifer Aniston, loyal and a great cook.

“She is an American size six, has a perfectly symmetrical face and, well, I could list her attributes until the cows come home.

“But the bald fact is, the more fabulous the wife, the more likely the husband is to cheat on her with someone more used to serving cups of coffee.”

The Waitress Factor

Jude Law, Tiger Woods, George Clooney and Cristiano Ronaldo have all dated, for want of a better word, women who wait tables for a living. Ironically, Courteney’s old co-star, David Schwimmer, has just married a woman he met when she was working as a cocktail waitress.

As Jones notes, “Not that there is anything wrong with this profession, it is just that this intermingling of very different DNA is indicative of a wider social trend, of a malaise among men both famous and not so famous.

“Generally, they like to ‘marry up’ — socially, in physical terms, even financially — but they like to ‘cheat down’. And it seems the more fabulous the wife, the more compelled the man will feel to really rub her nose in it.”


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