Of course, there are always those fake stories, like stars who pose for photos that they know will be controversial just to get publicity. Or saying outlandish things just to get publicity. But then we always know that storytellers also embellish and exaggerate for the sake of a good story.
You might think it is sad that more people care about what or who a pop star is doing than what the financial markets are doing. But there is a sensible explanation for that.
For example, I have always thought than any financial deal that is hard to explain and hard to understand is meant to be deceptive. In other words, they do not really want you to follow the story line. Take, for example, the terms stated on your credit card accounts. Or try to follow the story line of derivatives, options, short selling, interest only mortgages, and a few other modern financial creations that ultimately influence the price of what we buy, own, lease or rent, in other words, our cost of living.
How much easier it is for us to follow the story of an actor who suddenly makes lots of money and ends up in a downward spiral of drug and alcohol addiction with revolving stints in rehab. Or the fabulously rich girl who gets off on going slumming. Or the athlete who gets millions of dollars a year to play ball and somehow managed to waste it all and end up broke. We also follow the upbeat stories of stars who use some of their celebrity and wealth to help orphans and starving people, or help build houses for poor and homeless people. We enjoy the stories of those who are still productive and aging gracefully, but these are not as exciting as the spectacular crash and burn stories.
Just like we all know stories from mythology because we see the gods and goddesses with both greatness and flaws just like we have. I may not be up to date on the most contemporary stars, but I do know some stories.
People google over pop stars for the same reasons that people have enjoyed mythology and fairy tales for generations and centuries before there was an internet.