It seems like another Hollywood star has had enough of Tinseltown’s glitz and glamour. Katherine Heigl, a former leading lady, recently announced she’s packing up her family and moving away from La La Land.
Why? She believes raising her kids in Hollywood is just too darn difficult. So, Heigl and her husband are relocating their three kiddos to Park City, Utah, as she revealed in an interview with E! News.
Heigl, a 44-year-old mom of three, said, “I hustled in Hollywood for 20 years and it was really important to me to find a place of solitude and solace.” She got hitched in Park City back in 2007, and now she’s headed back there for good.
Talking about the challenges of bringing up youngsters in the Hollywood scene, Heigl admitted there were plenty of “things that scare [her].” Moving away from Los Angeles would give her a better handle on her kids’ lives, from the friends they make to the places they visit.
She explained, “I didn’t know how to raise them in L.A., so I felt like I could do it here. I could be more on top of things that scare me and I could be more on top of the kinds of friends they have and places they’re going, the kind of activities they’re involved in — and what the hell they’re doing on their phones!”
Heigl’s a proud momma to Naleigh, 14, Adelaide, 10, and Joshua, 6. She and her hubby have decided to close up the baby-making shop, as she humorously shared that she thought about having one more child, but the pandemic lockdowns convinced her that three was enough. I bet a whole lot of parents can relate to that!
Heigl declared, “That’s a hard no. I thought for sure I wanted one more, and it was quarantine that I realized, no. Three is plenty. I don’t think I can spread myself any thinner in this arena.”
Now, Heigl ain’t the only one hightailing it out of L.A. The Daily Wire, co-founded by Ben Shapiro, is moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Nashville, Tennessee. Shapiro told his 3.1 million Twitter followers, “We’ve been asked over and over and over again when we would leave California. The answer: now. See you in Nashville, gang!” He added, “I’ve lived my entire life in California. Within weeks, we’ll be taking our 75 jobs and leaving. We’re not the first. And we certainly won’t be the last. Terrible governance has consequences.”
And let’s not forget Joe Rogan, who also left around the same time, citing traffic, economic despair, and a worsening homelessness problem as some of the reasons behind his decision.
Even Mark Wahlberg said adios to Hollywood. He explained, “It’s really giving the kids a chance to thrive.” Wahlberg moved his family to Nevada, saying, “It just has the best of both worlds. I know a lot of people, when they think Las Vegas, they think the Strip. But just about 15, 20 minutes away, there’s a whole lot of other amazing areas that are all about family and community.”
So, what’s the moral of the story here? It looks like more and more people are starting to see the dark side of Hollywood and choosing to prioritize their families and well-being over the glitzy lifestyle. Maybe it’s time for others to follow suit and ditch the bright lights for a more down-to-earth way of living.