Why do people care so much about the private lives of celebrities? Is it idol worship, schadenfreude, or something entirely different?
Being a fan myself, I think the reason why people care about the private lives of celebrities is that it gives them a sense of being close to the person. It's just like when you like someone, you research about almost everything that is related to that person and I think the same goes when people admire celebrities. They admire these people a lot and since they are fans they want to know more about the person they admire.