Keeping a marriage together can be challenging. You have to make sure you spend quality time together despite your busy schedules, and it’s important to make each other a priority, even when you’ve got children to take care of. These factors are common in committed relationships, whether you’re a celebrity or not.
While some famous people are able to maintain a loving marriage, others aren’t so lucky. A few of your favorite celebrities have allegedly tried their best to make their relationship work, but unfortunately decided to end their marriages. Some celebrity divorces have become news headlines just as quickly as famous marriages, and the public is often interested in how the couple’s assets will be divided and who will get custody of the children.
However, there are times when a Hollywood couple goes into business with each other, and both parties start making a pretty good living. In some cases, these couples decide to keep working together, even after their romantic relationship has ended. This may seem like a weird arrangement, but some former couples are able to make it work. Plus, stranger things have happened in Hollywood. Here are 10 divorced celebrity couples who still have to work together.
10. Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall
Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall actually played adoptive siblings on the creepy yet addictive series Dexter, which centered around a somewhat lovable serial killer. There was no denying that the two actors were falling in love, and they decided to tie the knot in 2008. They divorced three years later, but Dexter was still a huge hit at the time, so Hall and Carpenter had to keep showing up to work and pretending that everything was great. Carpenter also appeared on the show The Good Wife, and made her stage debut in the play Gruesome Playground Injuries. Hall appeared in another eerie drama, Six Feet Under, before starring in Dexter, and also starred in the independent movie Kill Your Darlings.
9. Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray
Bush and Murray were once co-stars on the hit show One Tree Hill, and ended up falling in love while working together. Chad and Sophia got married in 2005, but the marriage only lasted for five months. Allegedly, Chad Michael Murray wasn’t quite ready to be a husband, and had several affairs, much to the chagrin of his new wife. Sofia Bush filed for divorce, but the two still had to work together. Bush has stated that the two tried to be professional, even though it was strange to work so closely with an ex-spouse, and that they were way too young to get married. Both Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray have moved on to new acting projects. Bush stars on Chicago P.D. and has appeared on Nip/Tuck. Murray went on to star in movies such as A Cinderella Story and House of Wax.
8. Jack and Meg White
Jack and Meg White, also known as The White Stripes, were married from 1996 to 2000, but by the time they gained the attention of the public with their music, they had already gotten a divorce. The Whites confused the media for quite some time about the nature of their relationship, and it was eventually assumed that the two were brother and sister. This arrangement would likely be strange for most people, but Meg and Jack seemed to be just fine with it—for a while, anyway. They continued making music together for 10 more years before The White Stripes went the way of their marriage.
7. Kenneth and Tracey Edmonds
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is one of the most well-known singers and producers in R&B, even though most of his memorable work was done in the 1990s and early 2000s. Edmonds married Tracey, who was a video model, after they met on the set of Babyface’s music video for Whip Appeal. Of course, there was speculation that Tracey was only marrying Edmonds for his money. However, shortly after the two married, Tracey Edmonds made a name for herself as a film producer when she produced the 1997 movie Soul Food. She was even one of the production forces behind Soul Food, when it became an HBO series. Babyface and Tracey divorced in 2005, and in an interview with Oprah, Kenneth admits that he was never really in love with his ex-wife. Maybe that’s why it’s so easy for the two to continue working together. The former couple have a production company called Edmonds Entertainment, and the projects they choose to get behind tend to do quite well. Tracey has since been linked to Eddie Murphy and most recently Deion Sanders.
6. Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia
Johnson and Garcia were high school sweethearts. They got married in 1997, but ten years later, they decided to call it quits. However, we have yet to hear Dwayne or Dany bad-mouthing each other in the media or bickering with each other in public. They actually still work pretty closely together, since Dany is Dwayne’s manager. So, it’s likely that we have Garcia to thank for all the action films Johnson has appeared shirtless in over the years, most recently San Andreas and Furious 7. Johnson, who got his start in wrestling and then made a pretty smooth transition into acting, has a daughter named Simone with Dany.
5. Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons
Russell Simmons is Rev Run (of Run DMC)’s older brother, and Rev credits Russell for piquing his interest in hip-hop, culture and fashion. Russell is a pretty savvy businessman, and is the driving force behind Phat Farm clothing. When the brand started to wane in popularity, he started working with his then-wife, former model Kimora, to create Baby Phat, which was geared toward women and girls. Kimora and Russell have two daughters together, and officially divorced in 2009. Kimora also has two sons: one with her ex, actor Djimon Hounsou, and one with current husband Tim Leissner. They stated that they had separated well before this, but continued to work together. The exes continued to make great business moves together, such as starting the Simmons Jewelry Company. Kimora even starred in her own reality show, Kimora: Life In the Fab Lane, and Russell was featured in a few episodes. The two have stated that they are still great friends and love each other very much.
4. Courtney Cox and David Arquette
While some may immediately think of Courteney Cox as Monica Gellar, the girlfriend and wife of Chandler from the popular sitcom Friends, Cox and Matthew Perry (the actor who played Chandler) weren’t a real couple, even though they were very convincing. Before Friends ended, Cox had dated and married David Arquette. The two got married in 1999, but separated in 2010. In 2012, their divorce was final. Cox and Arquette welcomed a baby girl named Coco, in 2004. However, the two have stated that they are still good friends and love each other dearly. They even work together, and produce the show Celebrity Name Game together. Cox and Arquette have also appeared on the show after their divorce.
3. Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis
The songstress who is known for her sultry tone, and her musician ex-husband Keri Lewis, have a pretty unique relationship. Braxton states that she and Keri actually get along very well, and that there’s none of the drama and fighting that sometimes comes with a breakup. The former couple have two sons, one of whom has autism, so their commitment to doing what’s best for their children is part of what keeps them from bickering. Braxton and Lewis were married from 2001 to 2013, and have worked together musically since their split. Keri Lewis was actually the musical director for one of his ex-wife’s tours, and played the drums in her band. Keri also appeared in a few episodes of the reality show that Toni stars in with her mother and sisters, Braxton Family Values.
2. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez were easily one of the hottest couples in Hollywood. The two even went on tour together, where Marc officially announced that Jennifer was pregnant. The couple welcomed twins Max and Emmy in 2008. Three years later, the couple announced that they were separating. Lopez didn’t give details about the split, but during an interview with Vanity Fair, she stated that she had to “love herself enough to walk away.” Anthony and Lopez continued to work together, and produced the reality talent show Q’Viva, which featured Hispanic young people who were hoping to make it big in the entertainment industry. The two have spoken well of each other in public and are committed to successful co-parenting.
1. Shania Twain and Mutt Lang
Shania Twain has had a pretty rough life. She lived in a homeless shelter for a while after her mother left her father, and went back home to take care of her siblings after her mother and stepfather were killed in a car accident. After Twain started to get noticed in the music industry, she met and fell in love with Mutt Lange, a well-known producer. Lange and Twain were married for 14 years, and Shania was devastated when she discovered that her husband was having an affair with her best friend, Marie-Anne. Marie-Anne was married to Frederic Thiebaud, which means that Shania knew Thiebaud very well. Twain and Thiebaud found comfort in each other after learning that their spouses had been unfaithful to them. This turned into a romantic connection. Although Lange and Twain worked together through the details of their divorce, they eventually cut professional ties, and now Shania and Frederic are happily married. Twain has stated that this is the happiest she’s ever been.