Also, the whole story lends credence to the sad idea that people in the arts are more prone to buying into woo-woo. Gwyneth Paltrow and Tom Cruise are prominent examples.
Well, I'm in the arts, but not the performing arts. I like to think I'm sane, but of course, that's what they all say... :-)
Don't know about Gwyneth Paltrow, but Mr. Cruise's madness is well documented. It occurred to me that actors are almost by definition people who like to be the centre of attention, and to be applauded. And she's got a bit of a history: when she was still a kid, her father realized he's gay, and her parents were divorced. Her father then became somewhat absent and her mother proceeded to spoil both her kids rotten, so that both of them now have issues.
Now as I mentioned before, she's actually genuinely talented and very good at what she does (from what I hear, Cruise is actually also quite the consummate professional when it comes to his work). I have seen her on stage, and I was pretty impressed. I get the impression that inside that bundle of nerves and paranoia, there's a core of steel, but most of the time, you'd never guess. She is, alas, highly manipulative, and her mother has fallen for it hook, line and sinker.
Anyway, the whole fibromyalgia thing got me curious. Seems like it might possibly be for real, but it is overdiagnosed, and a whole lot of people are making a fortune out of it. Well, not a thing I can do about it. The funny thing is that her mother is on whole a remarkably rational person in most respects, but when it comes to her kids, she tends to be rather blind, and can get pretty worked up about anything perceived as a slight to them. So I guess this thing will have to play itself out...