Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger ended her engagement Saturday — and with it, the dream that her simple matchmaking rules are a sure path to happiness.
Stanger tweeted Saturday afternoon, "I just ended my relationship with Andy. It hit me really hard that I want kids in my life. You have to agree on the non-negotiables." The Hollywood Gossip snarked, "The 49-year-old Bravo star, who got engaged to Andy Friedman last year and was with him six years, apparently never mentioned the kids thing between 2004 and right now?" But it sounds like maybe Stanger's commitment to having kids is recent, and these discussions between couples are complex anyway. Whatever the case, I'm crushed.
All the wedding planning Stanger incorporated into the last season of her show will now be for naught. When uncooperative daters ask her how come she's not married, she'll no longer have the ready rejoinder that she's engaged. But more than that, the orderly view of love and life she promulgated on her show has taken a permanent hit.
A few months ago I wrote that "To walk with Patti is to believe that it's possible to discern a person's deepest personal problems, correct them, and make that person happy, all with just intuition, optimism, and some wacky-haired assistants." Yet Patti has intuition, optimism, and the best wacky-haired underlings money can buy (as well as a small army of bizarro "experts") and yet her life is, it's clear, every bit as messy as anybody's. Patti's quick, camera-ready wisdom seemed to break life down into simple rules, but her breakup is a harsh reminder that life is rarely simple. With one tweet, a dream has been shattered.