Our cover story on the breakup of Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow (PEOPLE, June 30) left few readers broken up over the news. Many blamed the couple’s split on their busy, successful careers, and more than one Pitt fan expressed delight that the movie actor was back on the dating market. Readers were also unmoved by actress Farrah Fawcett’s troubling behavior on a TV talk show, but many offered praise to former MTV veejay Karen Duffy and our story about her battle with incurable sarcoidosis.
BRAD & GWYNETH
Talk about your “story book endings!” In my book, Brad and Gwyneth’s split is the happy ending! (Sorry, Gwyn.) I may not be an actress, but it’s still not too late for me to be a leading lady!
ANNIE STATON, Columbus, Ohio
Thank God. Hang on, Brad, I’m coming.
JENNIFER STEINBERG, Penn Valley, Pa.
To those female readers who are rejoicing over this unfortunate split (don’t try to deny it, I’ve heard you in line at the grocery store), get a life! It’s not like you’ll ever have a chance at him.
MICHELLE CELMER, Clawson, Mich.
I applaud Brad Pitt for being mature enough not to make a mistake and let himself be pressured into a situation just to “save face” with the media. Perhaps when Gwyneth matures herself, and is less of a clinging vine, the relationship will continue.
BARBARA S. BAILEY, Mobile, Ala.
Your story on Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow, “Why They Split,” was deceiving. I read the whole article and didn’t find any specific reasons, just lots of speculation from unnamed friends and sources. Call me when you have the real story.
VANESSA VIDAS, Mississauga, Ont.
Gwyneth has learned the one lesson all girls must learn before they pass into womanhood: Never trust a good-looking man named Brad.
JOAN VACHON BASTONE, Lynn, Mass.
I had wondered what happened to Karen Duffy. She seemed to be everywhere and then suddenly… poof. She’s lucky to have her family and an obviously adoring husband. Revlon is lucky to have her as one of its girls. After all, there is some beauty that Revlon does not have a product for.
MARY O’KELLY, Memphis
I read the story about Karen Duffy’s battle with sarcoidosis. I too have suffered with this rare disease and believe me it was no fun. It will never go away, but Karen should enjoy the times of remission as I have. Just take each day as if it is your last and enjoy life. Keep your chin up, Karen.
MARY MEEKER, Albuquerque
Hats off to Revlon for the loyalty and integrity they have shown their “Charlie Girl” Karen Duffy. It’s refreshing to see a cosmetic company hiring spokeswomen not only for their beauty but for their spirit as well!
SHAWNA ALSTON, Dickinson, Texas
Farrah Fawcett overcame the Charlie’s Angels image by doing a great job in movies like The Burning Bed. Now she’s apparently in trouble—whether it be drugs, exhaustion or whatever. If Ryan O’Neal really cared about her, he would not tell her how “funny” she was on David Letterman. I hope those close to her quit enabling her and try to find out what’s really wrong.
LANA J. COOKE, Grafton, W.Va.
The Emperor has no clothes! Did Farrah and her managers really think the world didn’t “see” the truth? Get real!
Has there ever been a PEOPLE article on Donald Trump to which he didn’t feel compelled to defend himself? If you have a Most Insecure Man contest, The Donald will win hands down!
DIANA TELLEFSEN, Los Angeles
I’m sure I speak for many when I say to Donald Trump that my 25-year “good marriage” was not a “gift from God.” It is the result of hard work, communication, faithfulness and, above all, a deep sense of commitment. What is His gift, however, is a free will. You used yours to choose selfish lust and blind ambition over not just one family, but two.
CHARLENE STAHL, Evans, Ga.