Should Laura Dern pursue relationships outside Hollywood?

Oct 11, 2010 at 2:54 p.m. ET

Laura Dern and Ben Harper are reportedly divorcing after five years of marriage. With her relationship history, maybe it's time Dern pursues a relationship outside of Hollywood?

If the rumors are true, actress Laura Dern and musician Ben Harper are in the throes of divorce.

Harper reportedly filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the end of their five-year marriage. He reportedly claims that the couple has been separated since January.

Laura Dern and Ben Harper divorcing

Not the First Time

TMZ reports that Dern was "blindsided" by the filing. Sadly, longtime boyfriend Billy Bob Thornton abruptly dumped Dern when he met (and soon married) his Pushing Tin co-star Angelina Jolie.

Dern's other high-profile Hollywood relationships with Jeff Goldblum, Nicholas Cage and Kyle MacLachlan also ended after extended relationships.

Harper: Good Guy, or just another Hollywood Type?

Harper and Dern's five-year marriage seemed like a happy ending to a Dern's rocky relationship past. The two were together for five years before finally tying the knot and have two children together -- Ellery, 9, and Jaya, 5.

Now, it seems he's no better than Thornton if he really did file for divorce out of nowhere. This is especially true if, as sources tell TMZ, the couple was intimate as late as last week.

Not cool, Ben. Are you hiding something?

No More Hollywood Relationships

Many, many women have rocky relationships—but few women have every detail of their relationships played out in the pages of gossip rags. We highly doubt that there is anything wrong with Dern, except for maybe the men she chooses to date.

But hey, we all make mistakes. That's not the problem.

Next time, Laura, pursue a relationship with someone outside the Hollywood car wash. Hollywood relationships haven't worked out for you in the past, so maybe it's time to try something new. You might just find the right guy for you who won't drop you for the latest young starlet on the scene.