Breakups happen. They’re not the most pleasant thing in the world (most of the time), but breaking up is sometimes a part of life. There are even times when ending a relationship turns out to be best for everyone involved. However, there’s a way to go about breaking up with someone that suggests you’re actually a decent person. After all, you did spend precious time you’ll never get back with this person (which is sometimes pretty angering). However, at one point, you did care about the person you’re breaking up with, so handling things in a dignified way is best.
While technology is pretty much here to stay, most people would agree that breaking up via text message is rude. It shows that you just want to get it over with, and don’t even have enough consideration to break up with your (almost former) significant other in person. Of course, some people resort to the text-message breakup when they don’t want to witness a series of dramatic meltdowns from their partners. All in all, it’s a pretty cowardly way to end a relationship. Unfortunately, celebrities are not immune to the text breakup. Here are 12 stars who found out they were single by opening a text message.
12. Ashley Cole
Soccer player Ashley Cole, got the boot from his wife Cheryl, after she officially got fed up with his cheating ways. The model, dancer and member of the UK pop group ‘Girls Aloud’ texted Ashley “move out. It’s over.” That’s pretty straightforward, so it’s safe to assume there was nothing left to say at that point. Even though the couple ended their four-year marriage, Cheryl stated in an interview with The Guardian that she would keep using her married name, because she didn’t want people to think she was ashamed of her former marriage. However, that doesn’t mean Cole didn’t want to move on. In 2014, she married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini; the couple had only been dating three months.
11. Zayn Malik
Even though he’s no longer in the group One Direction, Zayn Malik will always be known as a heartthrob (although some of his fans are pretty upset with him for leaving). There were reports that Zayn’s fiance (at the time), singer Perrie Edwards, wanted Malik to spend more time with her, and was even causing some disagreements between the One Direction band members. Some would say Edwards was complaining way too much—after all, she was engaged to Zayn Malik. However, Malik admits that he hasn’t always had great luck with the ladies. The girl he dated before Perrie actually broke up with him in a text message. Looks like she may be regretting that decision now.
10. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler is known for his wrestling skills and WWE stardom, but he’s also comedienne Amy Schumer’s ex-boyfriend. Reportedly, Schumer ended their relationship by sending Ziggler a text. In a 2012 interview on The Howard Stern Show, Amy admitted that she regretted the way she broke up with Dolph, because she knew it truly hurt his feelings. It’s nice to know Schumer has a heart under all that brash comedy. Amy also stated that she decided to end the relationship because Dolph was “too athletic” in the bedroom. Looks like Schumer didn’t show her soft side during the interview for long, since that’s definitely TMI.
9. Katy Perry
It’s no secret by now that Russell Brand was pretty mean to singer Katy Perry when he decided to end their marriage. The comedian and actor also stated during an interview that he found his former wife boring, and even fantasized about other women while being intimate with Perry. Classy. Katy Perry revealed during a Vogue interview that Brand broke up with her in a text message. She stated that on New Year’s Eve 2011, Russell sent her a text, saying that he was divorcing her. Perry also kept things gracious by saying that Brand was “a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him.”
8. Jessica Simpson
After singer, actress and fashion designer Jessica Simpson, split from her first husband, singer and host Nick Lachey, she had a brief relationship with Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine. There’s a rumor going around that was printed in ELLE, which suggests Levine dumped Simpson in a text, saying he “needed space” and was busy. We all know what that means. That’s right, even beautiful celebrities get dumped through a text sometimes. Fortunately, both stars have moved on and are married to other people. They’re also both successful in their own right, so it looks like the brief relationship didn’t affect them too badly.
7. Perrie Edwards
Singer Perrie Edwards of the group Little Mix is well known for her engagement to former One Direction member Zayn Malik, but the two stars are no longer together. According to The Mirror, Malik called it quits in a text messages, which is pretty harsh, seeing as how he’s been broken up with in this manner before. The fact that Zayn was caught holding hands with another girl while on tour just adds insult to injury. Edwards stood by Malik when he decided to leave One Direction (even though some people think she helped him make the decision). Teen and young adult music fans everywhere were disappointed by this news.
6. Simon Cowell
The “mean guy” of American Idol got a taste of his own medicine when he got dumped by his ex-girlfriend, entertainment reporter Terri Seymour, in the form of a text. However, there were seemingly no hard feelings about the breakup (or the method), since Seymour and Cowell sat down for an interview after the relationship was over. During the interview Simon admitted, “Terri decided to dump me…you sent me a text.” The two have remained friends, and there are even reports that Simon has lavished Terri with some pretty expensive gifts, including a home. Maybe Simon Cowell’s not such a mean guy, after all.
5. Jennifer Aniston
As if John Mayer isn’t already a big enough jerk, he decided to dump one of America’s Sweethearts, Jennifer Aniston, by sending her a text. Mayer even said in a Playboy interview that Aniston “didn’t Tweet” and that she was “digitally stunted.” So, not only did he text-dump her, he also insulted her intelligence. Nice. Apparently, the text came after the two had a 20-minute argument and John hung up on Jennifer. Yeah, this guy’s a real catch. John Mayer has also been known to treat his other celebrity girlfriends, including Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, pretty poorly.
4. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is known for many things, and some of them are pretty unfavorable. She’s been in Hollywood for most of her life, so there was bound to be some ups and downs. There was a brief stint a few years ago when Lohan was dating DJ Samantha Ronson, but the two were reluctant to discuss or define their relationship to the media. According to The Metro, Ronson got tired of all the drama that came with being Lindsay Lohan’s girlfriend, so she used technology to tell the actress that the relationship was over. Reportedly, Ronson was exasperated by the fact that Lohan wasn’t doing enough to truly get her life on track.
3. Chace Crawford and Carrie Underwood
Most people loved to see pictures of American Idol alum Carrie Underwood and actor boyfriend Chace Crawford, together, since they’re both such beautiful people. Obviously, the relationship didn’t last (Underwood is married to hockey player Mike Fisher, and the two recently welcomed a baby). However, when Carrie and Chace decided to call it quits, it wasn’t discussed too much in the media. It seems like the breakup was mutual, since Underwood told Extra, “we broke up over text.” We also haven’t heard the two stars bashing each other publicly, or looking particularly heartbroken after the breakup. If you’re going to break up over text message, that’s probably the best way to do it.
2. Kevin Federline
Dancer Kevin Federline got an unpleasant surprise when he was in the middle of an interview and got a text that his then-wife Britney Spears, was divorcing him. They have two sons together, and their relationship was often filled with drama. Federline also has two children with actress Shar Jackson, and Jackson allegedly accused Spears of stealing her man. The New York Post reported that Federline had no idea Britney wanted out of their marriage, so the news came as a total shock. Spears was having a lot of personal drama during that time, but still, that’s a pretty devastating way to learn that your partner no longer wants to be married.
1. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen’s life is proof that sometimes, even adult stars have more dignity than appears. Sheen was known for having “goddesses,” who served as his girlfriends (sometimes simultaneously) who lived in his home with him. To be fair, the “goddesses” phase was happening around the same time that Charlie Sheen was saying things like “tiger blood” and “winning.” Bree Olson, one of the “goddesses,” decided that the situation was just too much for her, so she told Sheen she was leaving in a text. Charlie made it public that Olsen text-dumped him, and then he started on that strange speaking engagement tour. Looks like Bree got out at the right time.