What do these three women have in common?
Did you guess tragic deaths? That would certainly be true. Were they public figures with secrets in their private lives? Maybe. Are they among the world’s most beautiful women? I’d say so, but that’s not the connection that interests me most. These women were loved. Very, very loved. They had huge fan bases and their names up in lights and paparazzi waiting in the bushes to give the world more of them. Yep, these women were loved, but would they have traded in all the love in the world for a chance to be known instead? If I were a betting gal, I’d go all in on answering “yes.”
Let’s use Whitney as an example. Her hits like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You” would be on the soundtrack for my life, for sure. Her career spanned three decades. She sold more than 200 million records. She holds the Guinness World Record for the most awarded female act of all time. Yes, Whitney Houston was loved. But she died alone in a hotel bathtub.
How about Marilyn? She was one of the biggest stars of all times. Loved and desired by generations and yet she, too, died alone, found dead in her bedroom by her maid.
Princess Diana was The People’s Princess. She was killed when the paparazzi’s desire to feed the public’s craving for more of her resulted in a tragic crash. Was it the people’s love that eventually killed her?1