R. Kelly‘s new memoir “Soulacoster” came out late last week. We’ve yet to make our way through the sure-to-be-entertaining tome, but TMZ points out a passage that, given Kelly’s penchant for melodrama, perhaps shouldn’t be all that surprising: he says “The Notebook” was so powerful it made him realize he needed to get a divorce and keep searching for true love.
As the film credits started to roll, I couldn’t move. I burst into tears. People walking past me patted me on the back, trying to console me. ‘The Notebook’ was beautiful, and I was crying because its hero and heroine had died together.
But I was also crying because I remembered a Valentine’s Day — when a helicopter dropped a rainfall of roses — that had come and gone … My marriage had died. And there was nothing I could do to bring it back.
We’ve all been there—a moment when a movie, song or book spoke truth to us and made us realize something about our lives, from which there was no turning back. Nick Hornby described it perfectly in “High Fidelity”: “These things matter, and it’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently, or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.”
Perhaps what makes this story kind of funny is that you can’t picture R. Kelly’s music (or probably its new IFC spin-off series) speaking to “The Notebook” if they met at a party. But as a wiser person than myself one said, You like what you like.