29 Famous Couples Who Split in 2019
2019 wasn't the best year for every Hollywood relationship, and some had to learn what love means the hard way. Having a relationship in the public eye is hard enough, and experiencing a broken heart as millions watch is unimaginable.
From Miley and Liam to Amazon power-couple Mackenzie and Jeff Bezos, it felt like celebrity breakups were everywhere. We saw a few of them coming, but others left us stunned. Read on to see which celebrity couples decided to call it quits.
1. ROSIE O'DONNELL AND ELIZABETH ROONEY
Less than a year after getting engaged, Rosie O'Donnell and her fiance, police officer Elizabeth Rooney, ended their relationship. The news came after observations of the host not mentioning her significant other for some time, while the police officer deleted her post from October 2018 about their engagement - and all photos with the actress.
It seemed like smooth sailing for the couple who was excited about their wedding preparations and talked about having children. When asked about having more children, the star said: "Well, I think I'm done, but you never know with me. There could be a phone call like what happened with Dakota, and you know, here we go. So I don't know."
2. MEG RYAN AND JOHN MELLENCAMP
On October 30, Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp called off their engagement, hitting their third break up since they began dating in 2010. The news came almost a year after their proposal. A source close to the couple said that the "You've Got Mail" actress will forever have a special place in his heart.
3. THE PLAYFUL HEARTED: JIM CARREY AND GINGER GONZAGA
It's been less than a year since Jim Carrey and Ginger Gonzaga began dating, but the two have decided to call it quits. Their first public debut came on the Golden Globes red carpet, and again at the Showtime Golden Globes Nominees Celebration. The former couple worked together on the show "Kidding," where they played love interests, and again on "I'm Dying Up Here."
4. TOO BIG TO SUCCEED? SARAH PALIN AND TODD PALIN
After more than 30 years of marriage, Sarah Palin and Todd Palin decided to part ways. Documents revealed that the former Governor's husband filed for a divorce in court due to "incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife."
The former husband and wife agreed to have joint legal custody for their 11-year-old son, Trig. They also share Track, 30, Bristol, 28, Willow, 25, and Piper, 18.
5. SAY IT AIN'T SO! MILEY CYRUS AND LIAM HEMSWORTH
On August 10, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth broke the news about their separation, after less than a year of marriage. The singer's representative told People: "Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time. Ever-evolving, changing partners and individuals they have decided this is what's best while they both focus on themselves and careers."
6. 4,380 DAYS OF SUMMER: CHRISTINA HENDRICKS AND GEOFFREY REND
For more than ten years, "Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend graced the red carpets, so their split was heartbreaking for fans. The pair married in New York in October 2009 and were all-smiles. This October, Hendricks posted on Instagram that she and Rend ended their relationship after 12 years together.
"We joined our two amazing families, had countless laughs, made wonderful friends, and were blessed with incredible opportunities. Today, we take our next step together, but on separate paths. We will always be grateful for the love we've shared and will always work together to raise our two beautiful dogs."
7. NO CLAWS: NIECY NASH AND JAY TUCKER
Niecy Nash and Jay Tucker revealed their divorce after eight years of marriage and a "gorgeous ride" in a heartfelt statement: "We believe in the beauty of truth. Always have. Our truth is that in this season of our lives, we are better friends than partners in marriage..."
They continued to explain, "Our union was such a gorgeous ride. And as we go our separate ways now, we feel fortunate for the love we share — present tense." Nash told "Entertainment Tonight" that she and Tucker, who wed in May 2011 in Malibu, California, don't harbor bad blood towards each other.
8. EDUCATION OF A LIFETIME: SOLANGE AND ALAN FERGUSON
Knowles called Ferguson "a phenomenal man who changed every existence of my life." She also announced that they were ending their relationship wanted to "protect the sacredness of my personal truth and to live in it fully."
Knowles and Ferguson tied the knot in November 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. They went on to co-direct Knowles' music videos for "Don't Touch My Hair" and "Cranes in the Sky."
9. THE ULTRA-PRIVATE KATIE HOLMES AND JAMIE FOXX
Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx opted to keep their relationship private and away from social media; hence, it wasn't a surprise that their breakup was just as quiet. Foxx was spotted with other girls at Delilah and Highlight Room, and a nightclub called Bootsy Bellows.
10. SOME WOULD SAY IT WAS EXPECTED: BRADLEY COOPER AND IRINA SHAYK
Only a few months after the massive success of the film "A Star Is Born," Bradley Cooper and his wife Irina Shayk went their separate ways. Several insiders said that the couple had been "on the verge of splitting for months."
Meanwhile, many fans speculated that Cooper's strong on-screen chemistry with his co-star Lady Gaga was the reason. The former couple has a two-year-old daughter named Lea, who was the reason the pair tried to work through their differences.
11. CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER: LADY GAGA AND CHRISTIAN CARINO
Earlier this year, Lady Gaga and her then-fiance Christian Carino called off their engagement after two years of dating. The singer and actress broke her silence during her "Jazz & Piano" concert in Las Vegas this past summer.
"Last time I sang this song, I had a ring on my finger, so it'll be different this time," Lady Gaga said to the audience before performing "Someone to Watch Over Me," according to Us Weekly and E News.
12. THEY REALLY SHOOK ME, NOW: BEN AFFLECK AND LINDSAY SHOOKUS
Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus have been on and off for a while, but the two have officially split. A source told Closer Weekly: "After having a lengthy discussion about where their relationship was going they both agreed that it was unrealistic to take things to the next level because of family commitments and living arrangements."
13. WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE: ADELE AND SIMON KONECKI
It was a private goodbye when Adele and Simon Konecki decided to separate. Her team confirmed the news in April, with no word from the couple. Their statement read: "They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."
14. NOT SO FAST: EMMA ROBERTS AND EVAN PETERS
After almost seven years and several breakups, Emma Roberts and Evan Peters called off their engagement in March. A source said that it was mutual, and the two were still friends.
15. IT PROBABLY WON'T LAST: BIG SEAN AND JHENE AIKO
The couple broke up before Big Sean's reunion with his ex Ariana Grande, who shared on her own breakup anthem Thank U, Next that "he wasn't a match." A source close to Sean and Jhene said, "I wouldn't say it was amicable, but now they are civil towards each other."
16. IT'S NOT A COMPETITION: NICOLAS CAGE AND ERIKA KOIKE
One of the shortest Hollywood marriages belongs to Nicolas Cage and Erika Koike, who parted ways in March. The actor filed for an annulment after secretly wedding the beauty mogul, adding that he was intoxicated at the time of the ceremony.
17. SUPER!: BRIE LARSON AND ALEX GREENWALD
Brie Larson and her fiance Alex Greenwald ended their almost three-year engagement at the beginning of the year. A source told People: "They have taken a step back from their engagement for the time being, but they remain close."
18: DOES IT FEEL YELLOW?: CHRIS MARTIN AND DAKOTA JOHNSON
Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson went separate ways after nearly two years of dating. Their split came as a surprise, given that engagement rumors were circulating. A loving father and young at heart, Martin wants more children. It wasn't aligning with the rise of Johnson's career.
"It got to the point, last month, where a light seemed to flick on in both their heads and they realized they were pulling in completely opposite directions - so they decided to call it a day," the source said.
19. WHO'S THE OTHER WOMAN?: PAMELA ANDERSON AND ADIL RAMI
Previously married to Tommy Lee, Kid Rock and Rick Solomon, "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson announced her split from French footballer, Adil Rami, via Instagram in June: "It's hard to accept. The last (more than) 2 years of my life have been a big lie", accusing him of abusing and cheating on her.
Rani responded, also on Instagram: "A break is never easy. As often in these situations, emotion can take over and let excessive things express itself. Pamela is a person, whom I deeply respect, who has convictions, who is sincere in her struggles, and for whom my love has always been sincere. That's what I want to remember."
20. IT WAS ONLY A DREAM: GIGI HADID AND TYLER CAMERON
Many were surprised when rumors that "The Bachelorette" contestant Tyler Cameron was involved with supermodel Gigi Hadid began circulating. Neither of them defined their relationship.
However, onlookers believed that they were close after Cameron accompanied Hadid to her grandmother's funeral in the Netherlands. After two months, they parted ways in early October. Cameron said the split "wasn't like a bad breakup or anything."
21. 1,460 DAYS OF SUMMER: ZOOEY DESCHANEL AND JACOB PECHENIK
Deschanel, 39, and Pechenik, 47, met on the set of the 2015 Bill Murray comedy Rock the Kasbah and married that summer. After two children and four years of marriage, "New Girl" Zooey and Jacob Pechenik issued a joint statement saying,
"After much discussion and a long period of contemplation, we have decided we are better off as friends, business partners, and co-parents rather than life partners. We remain committed to our business, our values, and, most of all, our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time."
22. WORK HARD, HAVE FUN, MAKE HISTORY: MACKENZIE AND JEFF BEZOS
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos used Twitter to announce his split from his wife of 25 years, Mackenzie Bezos. They met while working at D.E. Shaw & Co and married in 1993. They then moved to Seattle to found Amazon, where MacKenzie was one of the company's first employees.
The recent break up came amidst rumors of his cheating with Lauren Sanchez. "We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other. If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again."
23. NOT SO GENTLE: SHAWN AND LARRY KING
Larry and Shawn King filed for divorce for the second time in August 2019. They previously filed for divorce in 2010 but got back together. After 22 years and two sons, it looks like the TV presenter and his seventh wife will separate for good.
According to court documents, Larry filed to legally end the marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Sources told People in 2016 that the broadcaster was distraught about an alleged yearlong affair his wife had been having.
24. LILI REINHART AND COLE SPROUSE
It's not clear what happened between Reinhart and Sprouse over the summer when the breakup rumors started - but Lili posted on Instagram at the time: “None of you know sh*t." In September, Reinhart confirmed they were together during an interview when she referred to Sprouse as her boyfriend. A source told E!:
“Cole and Lili are in a great place right now. The two of them are very happy together. They’re getting along so well both on and off the set. They’re often openly affectionate and loving with one another.” The source adds that Lili and Cole act as though the breakup “never happened.”
25. QUICK TO MOVE ON: TRAVIS SCOTT AND KYLIE JENNER
Despite desires for another child, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott recently had an amicable breakup, and remain committed to raising their daughter. According to TMZ, the couple tried to make things work several times. Despite their inseparable moments over the summer, things ultimately ended.
26. EASY "DIVORCE": KAITLYNN CARTER AND BRODY JENNER
After a year of marriage and a beautiful, intimate wedding ceremony in Indonesia, Carter and Jenner broke up. Their marriage wasn't legally recognized in the US, and the couple eventually decided to part. A representative for the couple said,
"Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn Carter have decided to amicably separate. They love and respect one another and know that this is the best decision for their relationship moving forward."
27. IS INSTAGRAM ALWAYS AT THE CENTER? JOSIE CANSECO AND BRODY JENNER
Following his split from Kaitlynn Carter, the DJ started dating model, Josie Canseco. After about three months, it seems they went their separate ways in October, deleting photos of each other from their Instagram accounts.
28. IT WAS SIMPLY TIME: KENDALL JENNER AND BEN SIMMONS
Kendall and Ben split up in 2018 after dating for four months, and again in May 2019. One source said the couple was on a break; however, another reported, "The relationship ran its course. She's spending time with her friends and back in fun mode."
29. LAST BUT NOT LEAST: KHLOE KARDASHIAN AND TRISTAN THOMPSON
One of the most controversial and dramatic breakups this year was that of Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson. Their dating life was fraught with allegations that Thompson was a cheater, and they broke up for good after he went out with Kylie Jenner's best friend, Jordy Woods. Although their relationship wasn't on solid ground, the two were trying to work things out for their daughter, True.