SOMEONE I have known for many, many years recently responded to an email I sent with the simple acronym 'TMI'.
Apparently, it stands for 'Too Much Information'. I wasn't giving too much info -- something about a red chin and Bikram yoga moves. It's not exactly Sting territory, you know, it's one person to each mat and nothing kinky.
In any case, my pal was joking. We share a similar sense of humour and can recognise a faux dig at 20 paces, or even an Irish sea apart. But it got me thinking when I read two celeb stories last week. 'TMI' was my first thought.
Jamie Oliver's rather tactless comments about his wife, and mother of his four children jarred even more strongly than those of Brad Pitt's about being 'bored' in his marriage to Jennifer Aniston.
To quote Jamie: "We love each other to bits, but I don't think marriage is easy. We're sort of caught in a bit of a rut."
Jamie went on to confess that he struggles to balance work demands with his home life, and says it is 'normal' to be in trouble with his wife of 11 years. Big mistake Jamie. Huge.
"I take sufficient weekends and holidays a year for any British woman, but that doesn't mean I get thanked. I get asked to take more," he said. "You could get another week off a year and it wouldn't make any difference. You'd still get a b******ing."
If you're not cringing about the whipping he got upon publication of this article then you must be punch drunk. And to make things worse, he continues: "To be fair, she is an amazing mum, but you know what? I think she's too good, and I think that's a problem. Like she can't delegate. She hasn't been away without the kids for eight years."
The only 'get out of jail free' card that will help Jamie is to drop a copy of Parade magazine on to the kitchen table, opened to the page in which Brad Pitt describes his marriage to Jennifer Aniston: "It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself," says Pitt. "I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."