Celebrities: They’re just like us!
Even when it comes to relationship struggles, as it turns out.
All things considered, divorce isn’t that uncommon, with almost half of all couples splitting according to the American Psychological Association.
But something about a celebrity divorce makes the whole process a lot juicier.
Hollywood may seem filled with glitz and glamor, but behind closed doors, it’s a different story.
Want to learn the true story behind your favorite star’s breakup?
Read on to learn the shocking secrets behind eight of the biggest celebrity divorces!
1. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow
Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and actress/entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow seemed like a match made in heaven.
In fact, everything about the couple is quite sweet, right down to their divorce.
Shout-out to this couple for giving us the phrase ‘Conscious uncoupling,’ which doesn’t seem to mean anything, but is a very polite way of saying you’re among the latest Hollywood divorces.
With all that said, kudos to them for making it work for their children.
Both celebs seem to be on good terms with one another. Gwyneth recently told reporters that she felt the two were ‘meant to be together‘.
Could a conscious recoupling be on the horizon?
2. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
Of all the famous divorces on this list, none break our heart quite as much as the split between Anna Faris and Christ Pratt.
To date, it’s not all that clear why the couple split.
Rumor has it Pratt cheated on his then-wife, though Fairs claims she was warned of such rumors before they went to press and that they were nothing more than rumors.
Whatever the cause, the couple finalized their divorce in 2018.
Yet there is a silver lining to this tragic tale. The couple remains quite close and shows that divorced dating is a very viable option.
Pratt even wrote the foreword of Faris’ book, and Faris claims she wants to officiate Pratt’s wedding to Katherine Schwarzenegger.
Take note, this is how you handle a split.
3. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
On the flip side, not every celebrity divorce is handled with grace and class. Some are a huge mystery and scandal.
Tom Cruise is a talented actor, but a look into his personal life brings up a lot of questions. Chief among them is his association with the Church of Scientology and his relationship with Katie Holmes.
The relationship was peculiar from the get-go.
Cruise announced the coupling on Oprah’s daytime talk show, then proceeded to jump up and down on Winfrey’s couch professing his love for the actress.
It gets weirder.
Months later, Cruise participated in a series of videos for the Church of Scientology that leaked to the public.
Around this time, talk spread that Holmes was none too pleased with Cruise’s unorthodox faith and that the church was watching Holmes’ every move, begging her to stay with Cruise for the optics.
Though the truth surrounding the divorce hasn’t come to light, Holmes states that she doesn’t want her daughter anywhere near the church.
4. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston
Dating is hard enough as it is. But when you’re famous? Forget about it.
What went wrong with America’s favorite couple? That’s what millions asked when news broke that the A-list duo planned to split.
Popular belief is that Pitt was having an affair with his “Mr. And Mrs. Smith” co-star Angelina Jolie.
In the years since the divorce, Anniston has gone on record about one of the most famous divorces, saying that the media got it all wrong.
Both couples would go on to enter troubled relationships.
Pitt and Jolie split in 2016, two years after their marriage, and Anniston and Justin Theroux called it quits in 2017.
5. David Otunga and Jennifer Hudson
You may recognize former WWE star and Harvard alumni David Otunga as his alias, Mr. Hudson.
The athlete and academic and Academy Award-winning “Dreamgirls” star fell in love from the moment they met. Within a year the couple announced their engagement.
And though the couple never married, they made the relationship last for a little over 10 years, which is more than most celebrity relationships.
Things seemed fine for the entirety of their relationship.
Otunga would make the occasional reference to his wife on television as an in-joke, and Hudson’s songs got frequent radio play.
Somewhere along the way, things took a horrible turn. The couple’s split came as a surprise.
But the real bombshell came when Hudson filed for a protective order against her husband, which she soon dropped. Weeks later, Otunga was granted primary custody of the couple’s child
Their court proceedings and child custody hearings got quite nasty.
Allegations of money mismanagement, domestic violence, and more came up in court.
6. Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Bezos
Of all the recent celebrity breakups, few have the ramifications of the split between Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos and his soon-to-be ex-wife Mackenzie Bezos.
It would appear that the couple didn’t sign a prenup, meaning that Mackenzie will receive half of her former husband’s $140 Amazon fortune.
In addition, she’ll likely receive a great deal of her husband’s stock.
As a result, the future of Amazon could look quite different.
7. Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner
The Kardashian/Jenner clan are some of the wealthiest, most well-known celebrities in the world — in part due to making headlines with shocking news.
But after years of their daughters in the headlines, it was the Jenner parents who turned heads the most.
News of the couple’s divorce came with Bruce Jenner’s announcement that he would transition and change his name to Caitlyn Jenner.
Though Caitlyn doesn’t comment on the issue often, Kris still seems upset with her former partner.
8. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
Many people scratched their heads when Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon got together.
Though the couple seemed fine throughout their public appearances, behind the scenes the couple soon fell out of love.
Carey remains quiet on the situation. But Cannon has stated that he has no ill-will toward his ex and that he wishes her the best.
Celebrity Divorces: The Shocking Truth
There you have it, the strange, shocking truths behind some of the biggest celebrity divorces.
It just goes to show that money can’t buy happiness after all.
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