It amazes me how much we thrive on gossip.

I realize gossip is nothing new, but it used to be saved for movie stars and other celebrities, but last week brought us a new book on Donald Trump and news of a rift among the New England Patriots.

I can’t help but laugh at both of these happenings.

First off, author Michael Wolff released “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

Sounds pretty sensational, and the excerpts released ahead of the book did not disappoint.

Did you know Trump did not want to be president?

All of his senior staff considered him an idiot?

He tried to lock the Secret Service out of his room?

He ate at McDonald’s to avoid being poisoned.

Pretty juicy stuff. Not Russia hacked into our election and influenced voters juicy, but certainly a lot more entertaining.

Getting headlines were comments in the book by former White House adviser Steve Bannon.

Bannon is quoted in the book as calling Donald Trump’s Jr. 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, as treasonous and unpatriotic. He also called Ivanka Trump as “dumb as a brick,” according to Wolff’s book.

The book will generate interest for a while then fade into the background.

Some will believe every word in the book, some will believe some of it, and some won’t believe any of it.

Which leads me to the New England Patriots and what to believe.

For those who don’t care about sports gossip, according to ESPN, quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft are at odds.

Football fans either love or hate the Patriots, so again, some people will believe every word in the story, and some will dismiss it as jealousy.

Brady and Belichick have formed the most successful head coach-quarterback duo in the league’s history. Kraft thinks of Brady as a son.

The story goes that Belichick had it with Brady’s personal trainer and severely limited his access to the team.

Belichick also did not want to trade back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but Brady wanted him gone and Kraft backed up Brady.

The trio released a statement saying the story is false, and they are all united.

Sounds like junior high drama.

But it is an interesting story, and one that makes me laugh as a Patriots hater.

ESPN is promoting this story as a behind-the-scenes look at the unraveling of a dynasty. We will see.

The thing about gossip is that it feeds into our need to believe we may not be rich and famous, but at least we don’t have the problems of the rich and famous.

It’s fun to hear about the personal lives of others. That’s why Wolff’s book will sell and ESPN’s story will be the talk of the league for a while.

Gossip. We love it.

Patrick Murphy, editor-publisher of the Humphrey Democrat and Newman Grove Reporter in Nebraska, is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.