The 20 Most Dramatic Celebrity Splits

Celebrity separations always make the headlines, be it because no one was expecting the star-couples to split up, or because of the incredible scandals surrounding their relationships. Whatever the reasons the masses will always be very interested in discovering the gritty details. Because of that, we are going to share twenty of the most headline-worthy break-ups! 

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JENNIFER GARNER & BEN AFFLECK

After almost ten years of being married, actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced their split. While they had been separated for a while before the reasons came to light, and their relationship was quite amicable, the fans of the Daredevil couple were surprised to find out about a nanny scandal and some rumors about Affleck’s personal issues. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Merritt | Actress Jennifer Garner and actor-director Ben Affleck.


GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN

Have you ever heard of the term “conscious uncoupling”? Well, it was used by Paltrow and Martin when they announced their separation online. According to the couple, they have been co-parenting their children since their separation, which was quite an unusual one. While they shared the news with the public, their relationship still remains private, as it has always been.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur | Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.


CHARLIE SHEEN & DENISE RICHARDS

Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards' separation was all over the newspapers and television, however, no one could have expected the rumors that followed. According to the tabloids, Richards made some unique requests so she could start a family in the future, should she want to have a baby. She has since denied the rumors.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Vince Bucci | Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards.


NICK CANNON & MARIAH CAREY

Most of the tabloids took no time to blame Cannon for the reasons that led this couple to break up: from unfaithful behavior to overworking, you could list several arguments against him. Nevertheless, both Mariah Carey and Nick have since made a statement describing that the only reason they separated was that neither of them was growing as a person any longer.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez | Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon.


KRIS JENNER & ROBERT KARDASHIAN

According to her book, one of Kris Jenner’s biggest regrets was splitting up from her first husband, Robert Kardashian. The two were happily married for thirteen years and together had Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob. The reason that led to their split was a moment of unfaithfulness that Jenner had with a family friend called Todd Waterman. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez / Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection | Kris Jenner and Robert Kardashian.


ALEC BALDWIN & KIM BASINGER

Let’s talk about one of the most dramatic breakups in the celebrity world: Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. These two spent years discussing where their child would go, several private messages were released publicly, millions in costs, and 300 thousand search results on Google! Now, that was a newsworthy separation!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Wolfson | Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.


ELIZABETH TAYLOR & RICHARD BURTON

Famous couples tend to be done after marrying once and separating, however, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were having none of that. These two got first married in 1964 and separated in 1974. Just one year later they realized they still loved each other, thus remarrying. Only to break up once again in 1976. What a unique Hollywood romance! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / API / GAMMA / Gamma-Rapho | Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.


RUSSELL BRAND & KATY PERRY

One of the quickest love stories in celebrity land, Katy Perry and Russel Brand met in 2009 and got married the next year. They soon realized they should have taken more time to get to know each other before marrying, as they separated less than two years later. Brand broke the separation news via a text message to Katy Perry.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Merritt | Katy Perry and Russell Brand.


JAMES CAMERON & LINDA HAMILTON

According to Linda Hamilton, who was James Cameron’s fourth wife, he was more emotionally invested in directing the movie “Titanic” than in their relationship. The couple broke up in 1999 with Linda earning a $50 million settlement, and with Cameron marrying the Titanic actress Suzy Amis. This was one of the highest settlements ever paid in a Hollywood separation.

Image Credits: Getty Images / The LIFE Picture Collection | Linda Hamilton and James Cameron.


MARC ANTHONY & JENNIFER LOPEZ

The marriage of Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez lasted between 2004 and 2011, and it was not an easy one. According to the reports, these two pop-stars had several differences both on personal and professional matters, which eventually led to a breakup. The separation was only official three years later and, and they both found new lovers during that time.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Kempin | Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.


KATIE HOLMES & TOM CRUISE

Tom Cruise has been open about his involvement with The Church of Scientology, however, Katie Holmes was not expecting what would happen when the two separated. The Church is known for how it treats former members, and she feared once the news of their separation became public. Gladly, Holmes managed to gain guardianship of their stunning daughter, Suri. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez | Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.


ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE

Who doesn’t remember reading the news about Demi Moore and her husband? Well, the tabloids also made a run for their money once the pair broke up in 2013 after Kutcher admitted to being unfaithful to Moore on several occasions. Since then, Ashton has married Mila Kunis and Moore has been focusing on her relationship with herself, according to her memoir.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Victor Boyko / GC | Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.


JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD

Four years after their split, Depp, and Heard are still making news. While initially, the couple separated at the request of Heard, who accused Johnny of various things, Depp has since revealed that it happened the other way around. They are both still involved in struggles with each other, so we will have to wait for the truth to surface in the future. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Merritt | Amber Heard and Johnny Depp.


JESSE JAMES & SANDRA BULLOCK

Another celebrity marriage was ended due to infidelity. Sandra Bullock discovered that her husband Jesse James had been involved with multiple women during the time they were together, and she filed for a separation. Unlike many other couples whose paperwork took years to be finalized, these two were done just after 60 days. Now, that is an efficient team!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain | Jesse James and Sandra Bullock.


PRINCESS DIANA & PRINCE CHARLES

For the fans of Netflix’s “The Crown”, you can clearly see how the relationship between Princess Diana and Prince Charles was not a happy one. After years of infidelity from both parts, the Queen herself requested them to break up. In August 1996, they were officially separated in one of the most newsworthy and talked about separations in the world. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Levenson | Princess Diana and Prince Charles.


RYAN REYNOLDS & SCARLETT JOHANSSON

These two superhero actors were married for just two years before going their separate ways. While there was nothing incredibly dramatic about Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson’s break up, they were two of the most popular actors at the time, so obviously, the press was all over it. The two have remained friendly and have both moved on with their lives.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur / WireImage | Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson.


DAVID HASSELHOFF & PAMELA BACH

It has been 14 years since David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach’s ugly split up, but it is not easy to forget one of the most difficult splits to ever take over Hollywood. According to the tabloids, Bach’s spousal support left Hasselhoff broke over the years, and he even tried to stop having to give her the $10,000 monthly pay.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Livingston | David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach.


MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE

People separate because they stop loving each other, or because they start loving someone else. Madonna and Guy Ritchie seem like they were just terrible people for each other from the moment they met. After eight years of what seemed to be terrible times between the two, they finally separated and Madonna had to pay a $92 million settlement.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Toni Anne Barson / WireImage | Guy Ritchie and Madonna.


KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES

One of the shortest marriages in Hollywood history, Kardashian and Humphries were only together for 72 days. While their wedding was one of the most talked-about events in that year, their sudden split took the top of the list. After spending $10 million on an E! Television special about their wedding, we expected them to stay together a bit longer.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy | Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian.


DREW BARRYMORE & TOM GREEN

While this was not the shortest marriage ever (see the one above), it came quite close! Drew Barrymore and Green were together for five months after their wedding celebration in 2001. Both have since spoken several positive things about one another, even though they didn’t meet or have any kind of communication for twenty years after going their separate ways. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / S. Granitz / WireImage | Drew Barrymore and Tom Green.


A VERY SPECIAL MENTION: TIGER WOODS & ELIN NORDEGREN

If you have ever seen the news about the relationship, marriage, and separation of Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren, then you understand why this deserves a special mention. After various moments of heated drama, and Woods admitting to being unfaithful toward his wife with many women, these two were finally broken up and it was certainly for the better. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Harry How | Tiger Woods and his wife Elin.

Many Hollywood movies become successful for showcasing the dream “love stories” we all want. Sadly, the real lives of the people playing those roles are not always as happy and filled with harmonious bliss as the movies and series try to portray. While most of the celebrities mentioned above have since moved on and built a family with someone else, it is still sad to see how ugly some relationships can get. Which celebrity break up do you think is missing on this list? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to share this story!

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