Relationships aren’t always easy, even if they seem to be perfect on the outside. Celebrity couples often have marriage issues that can’t be worked out through counseling, having a short separation, or yelling at each other for hours. That’s when they have to choose between staying together, or splitting up for good and having the entire world discuss the ending of their union. While the national divorce rate is between 40-50 percent, it’s even higher for famous couples. The reasons are all obvious: cheating, too much temptation, conflicting schedules, or simply falling out of love. Plus, the media does a great job of airing out a celeb’s dirty laundry; when you’re well-known and make a mistake that will impact your marriage, everyone usually finds out. That’s when all of the rumors begin–often spreading like wildfire.
Here’s a list of some of the most recognizable Hollywood star duos who are rumored to be on the brink of divorce:
10. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Country music superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been the center of divorce rumors ever since the couple put their Tennesse home up for sale. Some reports are saying that Tim is obsessed with working out, partying, and maintaining his figure. Several insiders have said how controlling Hill is, such as when she allegedly fired all of her husband’s longtime staff. The National Enquirer came out with a story claiming Hill also accused Tim of having sexual chemistry with singer Taylor Swift. The article also mentioned how mistreated he felt by his wife. In addition to that, Star Magazine published a piece in its June 16th issue this year that the couple is splitting. A good point that is brought up often by the media is, why is Tim always the one denying divorce rumors, such as when he was on Oprah’s Life Class earlier this year? Maybe the blonde bombshell is getting tired of pretending to have faith in their marriage.
9. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi
Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres has been married to actress Portia De Rossi since 2007. They have always seemed happy on the red carpet, or out in public running errands. However, reports have come out about Ellen’s alleged jealous and controlling ways creating problems in their marriage. Also, the famous funny woman was seen with a brunette around Valentine’s Day of this year, which only gave the public reason to believe Ellen was in fact cheating as many tabloids suggested.
However, some rumors are focused on Portia De Rossi. A photographer caught her without her wedding ring. When asked about it she said, “I didn’t wear it because when I ride horses and I’m holding the reins, it gives me a blister!” Others say Portia’s problems around alcohol and anorexia are causing problems in their marriage as well. Both of them are denying the future split, but that’s what most celebrity couples have done before parting ways.
8. Halle Berry And Husband Olivier Martinez
A few months ago, Star Magazine reported actor Olivier Martinez and Academy Award winner Halle Berry have been fighting and lead separate lives. Halle had also been seen without her wedding ring according to the same magazine. What also made the media rumble with divorce rumors was the fact that they hadn’t been photographed on the red carpet for a very long time. The New York Daily News reported the pair has been living apart since the birth of their son, Maceo Robert Martinez. Even though Halle told Extra she was very “proud of her husband” and denied the rumors, there seems to be trouble in paradise. Someone close to Halle and her french husband told OK! Magazine recently: “The spark they once had has burned out. The whole family was supposed to go on a make-or-break holiday, but that fell apart because neither Halle nor Olivier wanted to make it happen. They are drifting apart and only get together for the sake of Maceo. They’re just delaying the inevitable – announcing their split.”
7. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Movie stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas‘s marriage seemed to be going downhill as he battled cancer and she admitted to suffering from depression. It’s not surprising that the media is saying they are about to divorce even though they survived their trial separation. Catherine recently sold their country estate. Selling joint property is usually a beginning sign of trouble in a marriage. Also, the National Enquirer magazine recently reported Catherine being addicted to cigarettes, which is creating tension in their marriage since Michael suffered from tongue cancer. Just a few days ago, more rumors surfaced that the couple was splitting after Catherine was seen walking alone by a fan outside of her home.
6. Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger
Singer Avril Lavigne has only been married to husband Chad Kroeger for a little over a year. People magazine reported she was out at a restaurant in Hollywood recently without her wedding ring. Apparently, this was the second time she didn’t have her wedding ring on during a girls’ night out. This only raised more suspicions about their marriage ending soon since the couple told People in the past that they promised each other they would not drink or go to nightclubs without the other person.
In US Weekly, a source said the following about the Nickelback lead singer: “He’s been going around L.A. telling people that they are divorcing.” Also, an insider told Radar Online that the couple is always fighting, and that Avril has told many close to her she’s “over it.”
5. Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes
Despite the recent comments about singer LeAnn Rimes and actor Eddie Cibrian wanting to start a family, many believe they are close to ending their marriage. Eddie has been allegedly cheating on LeAnn with multiple women according to numerous blogs. Also, an inside source told Star magazine that Eddie couldn’t take LeAnn’s erratic behavior any longer: “They’ve only been married for two-and-a-half years, but she’s been driving him crazy with her psycho behavior, almost from the moment they hooked up.” Despite these words, both LeAnn and Eddie continue to deny all divorce rumors.
4. Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey
Since America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon and singer Mariah Carey started dating, tabloids have attacked the validity of their relationship. While they lasted much longer than many thought, the pair is rumored to be making divorce preparations. Nick told The Insider recently that they have been living in separate homes for a few months. When Mariah heard about Nick’s comments to the public, hopes of reconciling were over. A source told E! News a few weeks ago, “She was devastated when he spoke out about their issues. She’s started the proceedings to make sure the ball is in her court from now on.” Apparently, that’s not all she’s mad over. GLOBE magazine reported in its September 29th issue that their split is due to Nick partying with people his own age, and also hooking up with younger women.
Nick seems to still be in the denial phase, even refusing to acknowledge the divorce on Twitter. Mariah, however, sounds set on getting a divorce as soon as possible. It will take a while considering they have two kids, eight dogs, homes, and millions of dollars.
3. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been known to have an open marriage. Rumors about the famous pair getting a divorce began last year when The Fresh Prince of Bel Air star was seen being very close to actress Margot Robbie. Also, during an interview on HuffPost Live, Jada said the following in response to having an open relationship with her husband: “I’ve always told Will you can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay. Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man. I’m here as his partner, but he is his own man. He has to decide who he wants to be and that’s not for me to do for him . . . Or vice versa.”
Since then, both of them have been denying the divorce rumors. However, a source told the Enquirer that Will and Jada are acting like things are okay in public, but that’s not the case behind-the-scenes. Also, they put up one of their vacation homes up for sale recently.
2. Robin Thicke and Paula Patton
Singer Robin Thicke and actress Paula Patton released a statement through People magazine about their marriage when they chose to separate: “We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time.” There were also rumors of Thicke cheating since he was caught snuggling up to an unknown woman in Paris. Plus, pictures of him with a tall model circulated around the web. Paula reached her limit and stopped talking to the singer who tried everything to win her back, even recording an album– Paula. It sounds like the pair finally came to an agreement on getting a divorce since they recently put their $3 million mansion up for sale. Also, they both have been romantically linked to other people.
1. Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Superstars Beyoncé and Jay Z have been a part of divorce rumors since the elevator incident involving Beyoncé’s sister, Solange, physically attacking the rapper. Although no one officially knows what made her do that, some believe it was because he was flirting with another woman. In Touch magazine even released a story that sparked national headlines about Jay Z cheating on his wife with former reality star, Casey Cohen. Then, Page Six reported a few months ago that Beyoncé was spotted apartment hunting in New York without Jay, which could have been a sign of preparing to split. Also, there was a huge uproar when she recently changed the lyrics to her 2006 song Resentment during her concert. She switched the line from “Been ridin’ with you for six years” to “Been ridin’ with you for 12 years.” To add to this, the singer also added the lyrics “She ain’t even half of me. That bit*h will never be.” Fans assumed she was talking about her famous husband. Rumors slightly quieted a week ago when they were seen being affectionate on their HBO concert special.