Celebrity divorce rates can seem as common as new television episodes.
The task of juggling long hours filming or working on other projects while traveling for promotional events, award shows and photo shoots makes having a secure marriage a challenge. The pressure of knowing that your personal brand is being scrutinized every time you step in public can put extra strain on a relationship, making it hard to feel as though you can truly relax without someone questioning how you are living your life.
Whether these celebrities were married for decades, years, months, or weeks, they have all seen several marriages that, for various reasons, did not succeed. Despite the fame and financial freedom that comes to many celebrities, they live in a reality that requires them to pay careful attention to where they focus their energy, and it can’t always be on marriage. Raising children doesn’t come easy when you’re working constantly, and being pressured by the media to reinvent yourself.
While all marriage requires consideration, teamwork, and sacrifice, celebrities must also persevere through the constant barrage of tabloid rumours that can bruise trust in the partnership. While some celebrities end their marriages quietly and decline to give much detail into the reason, the modern world of social media has made it challenging for any celebrity divorce to remain private. With divorce filings come rumours and new relationship questions for celebrities who might want to keep things private. While some of these ten celebrities have (for the time being) decided to remain unmarried, others have gone on to find successful marriages in the wake of their divorces.
10. Pam Anderson
Baywatch star turned animal activist Pamela Anderson is a blonde bombshell who isn’t afraid to go against the grain when it means staying true to herself. While Anderson has often been sited for her figure and sweet-hearted on screen personality, she shows that even those who have everything society tells us to want — beauty, fame, and fortune — can have relationship struggles. Anderson has been married four times to three husbands. Anderson’s last husband Rick Salomon was in the picture for two marriages over a total of eight years, though IMDB notes the couple split for good in early 2015. While Anderson may not have a husband, she is keeping busy with her various business and activist projects.
9. Tom Cruise
From Top Gun to Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire, and others, it’s hard to miss actor Tom Cruise. This dark-haired, wide smiling heartthrob has been melting hearts on the big screen for decades. While Cruise got caught up in a bit of controversy over his religious views, particularly in the wake of his most recent divorce, the actor and father seems to be keeping his head in his work instead of worrying about a new romantic relationship. Cruise has been divorced three times and has three children, two with his former wife Nicole Kidman and one with his most recent wife, Katie Holmes.
8. Heidi Klum
From being a Victorias Secret model, to hosting the hit television show Project Runway Heidi Klum is a stunning and successful woman. While this mother of four always appears polished and gives kind yet constructive criticism on Project Runway, her married life has not always known the same success. Married twice and with children with former husband Seal, Klum has plenty to keep her busy. Marriage may not currently be on Klum’s mind, but she is proving that being a single mother while earning a living for herself and her family is not only doable, it can be successful when you work hard and go after your dreams.
7. Drew Barrymore
Growing up in Hollywood, life wasn’t always easy or stable for actress and businesswoman Drew Barrymore. Her parents John and Jaid Barrymore were very much caught up in their careers and social life, leaving little time for their daughter. Thanks to her anything-but-average upbringing, Drew experimented with drugs early on, after having gotten lots of spotlight attention when she was introduced to Hollywood in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. While Drew had two short lived marriages (to Jeremy Thomas and Tom Green), her current marriage to husband Will Kopelman shows Drew has found her footing in her personal life. Together, the pair has two daughters, Frankie and Olive.
6. Harrison Ford
From his roles in the Star Wars franchise to the Indiana Jones films and then Blade Runner, Harrison Ford has secured himself as a staple in the Hollywood acting community. And while he reliably gives outstanding performances in Hollywood’s most beloved franchises, his personal life has only been secure as of late. He’s been married three times, although admittedly each marriage was long-ish. As IMDB notes, in 2010, Ford married his current wife Calista Flockhart. While Ford’s prior relationships may not have succeeded, the couple shows that marriage and successful Hollywood careers can go hand in hand.
5. Elizabeth Taylor
Classic Hollywood actress and high-end perfumer Elizabeth Taylor was no stranger to married life. Over the course of her 79 years, Taylor mesmerized audiences with her beauty, acting skills, and glamorous approach to life. Liz Taylor was a knockout and always radiated confidence. While she saw great success in her career, she had more than a few trials with marriage. As the Huffington Post notes, Taylor was married and divorced eight times, her longest marriage being to Richard Burton, who she was married to from 1964-1974 and then again from 1975-1976. While Taylor may not have found long lasting marriage success, her life was never lacking for it.
4. Kim Kardashian
Known for her curvaceous body, loud-mouthed husband, and spotlight heavy family, Kim Kardashian has lived most of her young adult life in the public eye. From promoting her family’s hit television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians to modeling, to being a wife and mother, there isn’t much of Kim’s life that’s kept private. As she has grown to see success in both her career and personal life, Kim has had some relationship troubles along the way. The 35 year old has been married three times, ending with her current husband Kanye West. Kim and Kanye seem quite content with their growing family despite gossip circling their lives regularly.
3. Halle Berry
Known for being an actress who is never lacking in confidence, it’s a bit surprising to learn that Halle Berry has been married three times. Over the years, the X-Men star and film producer has appeared in several television (voice) and film acting roles, making it a challenge to balance both work and personal life. While the mother of two has been married to her current husband Olivier Martinez since 2013, IMDB notes that the couple has filed for divorce. While marriage may not be in the cards for Berry at this time, it is clear that her confidence and positive attitude will get her far in both her personal and professional life.
2. Martin Scorsese
One of the most prominent names in film today, Martin Scorsese is a mastermind when it comes to entertainment. With credits in directing and in film production, Scorsese has played a part in some of the most influential Hollywood films ever created, including Goodfellas, The Departed, and Taxi Driver. While the Oscar-winning director has had great success in the world of film, his marriages have not always had the same success. As IMDB notes, Scorsese has been married five times, though his 1999 marriage to his current wife Helen Morris has proven that their relationship will stand the test of time.
1. Larry King
Television talk show host, actor, and producer Larry King has had great success on screen for more than thirty years. With inquisitive and hard-hitting interviewing skills and a plethora of well known guests, King has used his television acts to show people a side of celebrity life that may not otherwise have been known. While King has had great success in his career, his marriages have been less successful. King has been married seven times though IMDB notes his first marriage was annulled. Despite the long list of ex-wives, King has been married to his current wife Shawn Southwick since 1997, proving that with patience, you can find a relationship that’ll stand the test of time.