Celebrity break-ups and divorces are a dime a dozen in Hollywood. We regularly see famous people jump from relationship to relationship, or even from marriage to marriage. With this in mind one can’t help but seem doubtful that a celebrity couple can go the distance, and if ever a couple makes it past the 10-year mark we almost find ourselves gasping in surprise.
Someone else who may be left gasping in surprise are the men on the list below. Although even they themselves may not expect their relationships to last forever, we assume some of them were still very surprised to see that their ex-partners had moved on with other women. This definitely creates quite a messy love triangle. Take a look at our list to see just which celebrities we are talking about.
15. Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter was married three times before she admitted her true sexuality to the world. The Family Ties actress embarked on her first marriage to Robert Lewis Bush in 1966 but the pair divorced only three years later. Following this the actress married David Bierney in 1974 and Michael Blodgett in 1995, with both marriages also ending in divorce. After her final divorce in 2000, Baxter embarked on her first same sex relationship in 2002. In 2005 the actress began her second female relationship with Nancy Locke, whom she is now married to. The actress once said: “I got involved with someone I never expected to get involved with, and it was that kind of awakening,” she said. “I never fought it because it was like, ‘Oh, I understand why I had the issues I had early in life.’ I had a great deal of difficulty connecting with men in relationships.”
14. Cynthia Nixon
Actress Cynthia Nixon was in a committed relationship with her male partner Danny Mozes for over 16 years, when the pair abruptly separated in 2003. The Sex and the City actress who had two children with Mozes, shocked many when only a short time after her divorce, she embarked on a relationship with a woman. Nixon’s girlfriend was revealed to be education activist Christine Marinoni. The pair became engaged in April 2009 and were wed in May 2012. Marinoni gave birth to the couple’s son, Max, in 2011. Speaking about her marriage and sexual orientation, Nixon stated in a 2007 interview that: “I don’t really feel I’ve changed. I’d been with men all my life, and I’d never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn’t seem so strange. I’m just a woman in love with another woman.” In 2012 the actress identified herself publicly as being bisexual.
13. Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King (right) is known for her terrific tennis career, so much so that Emma Stone will play her in the upcoming film Battle of the Sexes. King was married to sports promoter Larry King for 21 years. The pair married in 1966 and seemed to be living in marital bliss up until around 1980 when things began to take a turn for the worst. Around this time, King’s secretary, Marilyn Barnett, made the claim that she and King had an affair starting in the early 70s. This came to light in 1981 after Barnett sued the Kings for wrongfully evicting her from their Malibu residence once the affair had ended. This lawsuit forced King to address the rumors and she stated: “I did have an affair with Marilyn Barnett. It has been over for quite some time.” Larry King did not seem upset by these revelations and stood by his wife by stating: “This has been a difficult time for Billie Jean, her family and her friends. I’ve known Billie Jean for 19 years and I don’t think that anything that transpires will affect our relationship.” The tennis player’s comments on her relationship with Barnett made her the first prominent female athlete to come out as a lesbian. In 1982 it was also revealed by the sport star that she had an abortion in 1971 as she didn’t believe her marriage was strong enough for the inclusion of a child. Billie Jean King officially divorced from her husband Larry in 1987 but the pair remain friends; she now resides with Llana Kloss, her long-time partner and fellow tennis pro.
12. Wanda Sykes
Famous comedian Wanda Sykes had been married to Dave Hall for over seven years when the pair split suddenly in 1998. After this it is thought Sykes began her first relationship with a woman. The star has spoken publicly in the past about her family’s reaction to her divorce and what happened after. Sykes said how she approached her mother by saying: “Um, let me just explain something to you. You know I’m living with so-and-so, I just want you to know that we’re not just roommates…She’s my girlfriend.” The comedian recounted how her mother was unable to process the information: “I was like, ‘Mom, come on, you have to have known this…I just want to make sure we’re clear on this.’ She just fell apart, fell apart and ended up not coming out here for my surgery because she was just that, ‘I’m done with you.’” Sykes met Alex Niedbalski in 2006 and went on to marry her in 2008. It is claimed Sykes parents did not attend the wedding but that they have managed to reconcile somewhat since this point.
11. Julie Cypher
Next on our list is Julie Cypher, who’s most recognized for her relationship with singer Melissa Etheridge. Cypher left her husband of four years, Lou Diamond Philips in 1990 to start a relationship with Etheridge. It was later revealed that Cypher and Etheridge had initially met when Cypher while assisting on the music video for the Etheridge’s single “Bring Me Some Water.” The couple received a huge amount of attention in the media as Cypher was a gay rights advocate and half of one of the first openly lesbian celebrity couples. During their 12-year relationship, Cypher gave birth to two children through artificial insemination; although the couple were not eager to discuss it at the time, they later revealed that the father of both children was musician David Crosby. In a 1999 therapy session, Cypher told Etheridge that she was “not gay.” This led to the couple separating in 2000.
10. Kristanna Loken
Kristanna Loken, known mainly for her roles in Terminator 3 and The L Word, wed Noah Danby in 2008, but just two years later the pair announced their divorce. Not long after this, Loken got into a relationship with another woman describing it as “love at first sight.” Loken has since stated that she felt pressure in her family to “be the one who has the big wedding and the picket fence.” Despite this, the actress still felt separating from her husband was the best thing she could do for them both. Despite the fact, Loken moved on after her marriage it is not thought to be her first same sex relationship. In 2006 the star made headlines when it was rumored the she had an affair with her BloodRayne co-star Michelle Rodriguez. As of 2015 Loken has been dating managing director Johnathon Bates.
9. Sheryl Swoopes
Sheryl Swoopes has had a hugely successful professional basketball career, however this is not the only time the star has appeared in the media. In 2005, Swoopes announced to the world that she was gay, making her one of the most high-profile athletes on a sports team to make this announcement. The sports star stated: “it doesn’t change who I am. I can’t help who I fall in love with. No one can. … Discovering I’m gay just sort of happened much later in life. Being intimate with [Alisa] or any other woman never entered my mind. At the same time, I’m a firm believer that when you fall in love with somebody, you can’t control that.” Before making these announcement Swoopes had been married to her male high school sweetheart with whom she had one son. Swoopes raised her son alongside her partner Alisa Scott. Swoopes and Scott separated in 2011 and later that year the star announced she was engaged to her long time male friend, Chris Unclesho.
8. Kelly McGillis
Actress Kelly McGillis (Top Gun) married Boyd Black in 1979 after meeting him while they were both students at Juilliard. However, only two short years later the couple divorced. In the months that followed McGillis began a relationship with another woman. Tragedy struck the actress and her girlfriend in 1982 after they were the victims of a horrific attack. The couple were assaulted, verbally abused and raped at knifepoint by two men. McGillis has since stated that this horrifying event is what led her to pursue her role in The Accused, as a lawyer who represents Jodie Foster‘s character. McGillis went on to marry Fred Tillman in 1989, the couple had two daughters together before divorcing in 2002. In a 2009 McGillis announced during an interview that she was a lesbian and that this is something she has been coming to terms with since she was 12. In 2010, McGillis entered a civil union with her partner at the time, Melanie Leis but unfortunately the pair separated in 2011.
7. Anne Heche
Actress Anne Heche was in a loving and committed relationship with comedian Steve Martin during the mid to late 90s. This all changed in 1997 when Heche met Ellen DeGeneres at a Vanity Fair party in 1997. Just one week later the star dumped Martin and began a relationship with DeGeneres. Heche stated at the time that she had never before been in a relationship with a woman. At the time the couple even stated that they would consider getting a civil union if it became legal. Over the next three years the relationship between the two became hugely publicized, however, they eventually split in 2000. DeGeneres later stated: “The breakup was the worst, most awful event in my life. I thought we were going to grow old together and we’d be there for each other for the rest of our lives…I started to feel like Anne’s mother, not her lover.” It is also thought that the wide media coverage the relationship gained is a reason that it fell apart. Heche later went on to marry Coleman “Coley” Laffoon a cameraman that she was first introduced to while he was working on DeGeneres’ stand up tour. The pair had a son Homer, born in 2002, but divorced in 2007. It is rumored that Heche left her husband for her Men in Trees co-star James Tupper, as the pair moved in together in 2007. In late 2008 it was confirmed that Heche was pregnant with her second child, and her first with Tupper.
6. Portia de Rossi
Anne Heche is not the only famous woman on our list to move on with Ellen DeGeneres after leaving their male partner. Actress Portia de Rossi separated from her husband Mel Metcalfe in 1999, after it was revealed he had been having an affair with de Rossi’s brother’s wife. Ouch! In the years that followed, the Australian star admitted that one of the reasons she married Metcalfe was that she hoped to gain a green card in order to remain in the United States and make a name for herself as an actress. It’s possible the reason Metcalfe had the affair is simply due to the fact that de Rossi was not attracted to him. The star once stated: “By the end of our first year together, despite my desire to be attracted to him, my latent fear of my real sexuality was simmering and about to boil.” A few years after at a 2004 awards show de Rossi was introduced to DeGeneres and the pair began dating. Four years later, in 2008, the pair were married and have been together ever since. In 2013 de Rossi announced that she and DeGeneres were not planning on having any children. However, the couple have adopted several rescue animals.
5. Lindsey Lohan
Lindsey Lohan is infamous for her relationships with numerous men in Hollywood. However, it was her relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson that gained the most recognition in the press. Lohan had been dating TV personality Callum Best in 2007, when she dumped the star and promptly moved on with Ronson. The pair dated for two years, with Lohan basically partying alongside Ronson every night while she was DJ-ing. Speaking about her relationship with Ronson, Lohan once remarked: “I was bold enough to say, ‘Yeah, I like a girl. And?’ That put her in a situation where she was being attacked every day,” she said. “That’s not fair. And what am I left with? Heartbreak. That was three years ago, it was my last serious relationship.” Lohan was engaged to Russian millionaire Egor Tarabasov, but it’s rumored the pair split towards the end of last year.
4. Kristen Stewart
After actress Kristen Stewart was caught out cheating on her Twilight co-star and boyfriend Robert Pattinson, it appeared as things were over for the couple. However, they managed to give it another try, but broke up only a short time later. Since this point, however, Stewart has taken only to dating girls. The actress first dated French singer Stephanie “Soko” Sokolinski for a few months, before moving to an on-again, off-again relationship with digital effects specialist, Alicia Cargile. Since late 2016, Stewart has been dating Victoria’s Secret model and Miley Cyrus’ ex-girlfriend, Stella Maxwell. Recently, on her February 4th appearance on Saturday Night Live, Stewart chose to describe herself as “so gay.”
3. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie met her first husband, British actor Jonny Lee Miller, while filming the movie Hackers in 1995. A few months after production ended, the pair began dating and married in 1996. It is said that Jolie attended the ceremony wearing black leather pants a white T-shirt with Miller’s name written on it in blood. It is highly rumored that Jolie embarked on an affair with model-actress Jenny Shimizu that overlapped with her marriage to Miller. Shimizu claims that their relationship lasted for several years. When Jolie filed for divorce from her husband in 1999 it is not known if her relationship with Shimizu was ongoing. However, Shimizu claims the pair were involved for a long time even when Jolie was in other relationships. Not long after her first divorce, Jolie wed actor Billy Bob Thornton on May 5th 2000, in Las Vegas. Only one year later, Jolie and Thornton’s divorce was finalized. In 2005, Jolie was involved in a huge Hollywood scandal, after she was accused of splitting up the marriage of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. The actress denied these claims, stating: “To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that.” In January 2006, it was announced that Jolie was pregnant with Pitt’s child. The pair were together for 12 years, however, in 2016 it was announced Jolie was filing for divorce.
2. Amber Heard
It’s common knowledge at this stage that actress Amber Heard had a very messy and highly publicized separation from Johnny Depp last year. On May 23, 2016, Heard filed for divorce from Depp whom she had been in a three-year relationship with. Just five days before filing for divorce, Heard had also applied for a temporary restraining order against Depp due to claims he had been “verbally and physically” abusive. Many believe that Heard’s bisexuality may have played a big role in the crumbling of the couple’s marriage. It is alleged that Depp believed something was going on between his wife and photographer iO Tillett Wright. Reports claim that things reached almost breaking point when Heard moved Wright into the guesthouse of the home she shared with Depp. It is not known if there is any truth to these rumors but many believe that Heard’s bisexuality made Depp suspicions of any girl she had a friendship with. It didn’t help when rumors surfaced that Heard was involved with Model Maria de Villepin, and her ex-girlfriend Tasya van Ree, during her relationship with Depp.
1. Lauren Morelli
The final place on our list goes to Orange is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli, who filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Steve Basilone, in 2014. Morelli had dated Basilone for four years before they married, but her feelings for him changed completely when she realized that she identified with many of the gay women in the show she was writing for. Anyone familiar with Orange is the New Black will know that many of the characters on the show are gay women. After filing for divorce, Morelli embarked on a romance with Orange is the New Black star Samira Wiley, who plays the part of Poussey Washington on the show. The pair officially came out as a couple at the 2015 Emmy Awards where they were seen walking hand in hand. On October 4th 2016, Morelli publicly announced her engagement to Wiley.