There’s a lot of headlines about Ben and Jen around at the moment – as the paparazzi takes joy in following a newly divorced couple – documenting their newly divorced lives. But out of all the pap shots and rumoured ‘updates’ and anonymously sourced quotes, the one bit of information that never waivers (and is always included) is the fact that Ben and Jen are both still wearing their wedding rings.
So what? They're allowed. They can wear that band of gold to their death beds if they wish. They can take them off and throw them into the ocean. They can melt them or sell them or hide them in a dusty box among the cobwebs of the attic if they want.
They are getting divorced - wearing their rings doesn't change that. But we do care.The fact that they're getting a divorce doesn't stop us being fascinated by why they're still wearing their rings.
Our interest doesn't just apply to celebrity couples. It's a broader cultural fascination that we have.
After a divorce, when 'should' people remove their wedding ring?
One woman says she took hers off immediately because it took years for her to leave her ex-husband and she was happy when she finally did it.
"I had the wedding and engagement rings melted down and made into earrings. It was my grandfather's diamond anyway, not from my ex. I made the jeweller put a mark on the back of the earring that's Papa's diamond and I always wear it in the left ear so it's closest to my heart. Nothing about it reminds me that it was once a wedding ring," she says.
Another woman says that her mother also melted her ring down. She had it altered to represent her children, the children from that marriage, something that she would always hold dear to her.
Another woman told me the way her mother's divorce represented her freedom.