Most unmarried people have pretty lofty ideas about what marriage is like; happily ever afters, white picket fences and soul mates living in wedded bliss for eternity. But the sad fact of the matter is that over half the marriages in the United States end in divorce. And in celebrity land, among actors and actresses in particular, that rate is much higher.
Perhaps celebrities have it harder than the rest of us. Sure, they're rich and beautiful, so a lot likely comes easier for them. But every time they pop out to the grocery store, paparazzi lie in wait, and they're regularly confronted with pictures of their significant other dancing with a stripper or hanging around with their ex on the front of every tabloid.
Insecurity is a nasty beast, and when your life is placed under the microscope of the press you're all the more likely to fall into the jaws of that beast. Perhaps a very strong relationship could endure it, but what marriage doesn't have hard times? It's already difficult enough to make it work with another person, but add constant media coverage and a job that requires constant travel, and those problems are magnified.
Every year, then, heralds a new slew of celebrity break-ups. 2014 saw some predictable ruptures - like Katy Perry and John Mayer - and shocking 'uncouplings' like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. This year, expect much of the same in the world of the A-listers.
The following are the most likely candidates for the next big celebrity breakups. These ten couples don't appear to be doing too well right now; of course, the rumors behind their fights should be taken with a pinch of salt, but as the old saying that goes - where there's smoke, there's fire. 2015 is likely to be the end for most, if not all, of these celebrity relationships.
10 Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
This just may be the first of our predictions to come true, and it's almost too easy given the state of their marriage right this very minute. But we're not above picking the low hanging fruit! Kourtney Kardashian and her reality show hubby have been having some issues for a while now. Their tumultuous relationship is nothing new and has been tabloid fodder for what seems like eons.
But just days after Kourtney gave birth to the couple's third child, sources said that he was out partying, while Kourtney was stuck at home with all of the kids by herself. But wait, it gets even worse – there may have been some lingerie models involved. It's said that Kourtney had finally had enough and kicked him out. As if all of that wasn't enough, there are also rumors that Disick cheated on her in 2012 – and may still be hooking up with that woman from time to time. Whether that's true or not, we may never know. They are unconfirmed rumors, after all. What we do know though is this: if the two of them are already having problems, something as simple as a rumor could be enough to shatter their already fragile marriage.
9 Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
We were all a bit shocked when we heard that Johnny Depp and longtime wife, Vanessa Paradis, had split. And we were just digesting that news when we learned that he'd already moved on from the mother of his children – with 28-year old Amber Heard. But just a year after getting engaged, the May-December romance already appears to be on the rocks. People magazine has reported that a source said that Depp is madly in love with Heard, but all isn't well between the two of them.
The sources went on to say that Heard may not be ready to settle down just yet. With how quickly Depp went from married to divorced to engaged, there is little surprise that perhaps this was all a bit rushed and forced. Add in the age difference, how hectic life is for a star of Depp's caliber, and with his recent appearance at the Hollywood Film Awards raising plenty of eyebrows and has people whispering about Depp's personal issues, and it makes for one toxic stew. Honestly, we would be surprised if the two do actually make it down the aisle together. Even if they do manage to make it that far though, they are already showing signs of being doomed even before they say “I do.”
8 Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott
After eight years of marriage, it seems that 2015 might see the end of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott's marriage. Sources told Us Magazine recently that once the cameras are off, the two are not only cold to one another, but that they're hardly on speaking terms anymore. Perhaps their personal issues are finally catching up with the duo and are taking a serious toll on their relationship – issues like Spelling's financial problems, and McDermott's struggle with addiction, and of course, how could we forget about the infamous affair. All of these problems have been documented on their reality show over the years, but McDermott seems to have shown his true feelings recently when Spelling was hospitalized for bronchitis. While he visited his wife, sources said it was more out of obligation than out of concern. The entire time he was there with her, his mind was elsewhere and he looked for every opportunity to leave. Those aren't exactly the actions of a doting, loving, and concerned husband – so it would be something of a surprise if this marriage lasted beyond the first few months of the year.
7 Beyonce and Jay-Z
Jay-Z and Beyonce seemed like the Hollywood couple that was destined to last. For the most part, their relationship was very private – unlike many in Hollywood. And honestly, many of us hoped this pair actually would go on forever. But alas, as with most celebrity relationships, even the best ones usually have something to hide. It seems that these two are spiraling out of control, even as they try so hard to keep a united front.
There was that infamous elevator fight between Jay-Z and Beyonce's younger sister, Solange. There's been plenty of rumors and allegations swirling around about the rapper cheating. And Beyonce even turned to good friend Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently split from her own husband, for advice. Now there's the song “Ring Off” from Beyonce that almost sounds a little personal – and like she may be ready to take her own wedding ring off for good. Needless to say, things really don't look good for these two right about now.
6 Hank Baskett and Kendra Wilkinson
Kendra Wilkinson insists that she and her hubby Hank Baskett will be together forever. And though she's making quite the show of it to prove the media wrong, things aren't looking too good for the couple. Yes, maybe they can get past the very public cheating scandal – but regaining that trust is going to take time.
Baskett has said he will spend a lifetime trying to earn her trust back, but with how hungry the media is for any kind of drama, the first time he messes up, it's going to be splashed across the front page of every tabloid again – whether he actually messes up or not. Such is the nature of the tabloid industry, whether or not something is actually factual, they take the barest whiff of impropriety and run with it.
And that insecurity can undoubtedly add more problems to an already fragile relationship. And flushing her wedding rings down the toilet while talking about her relationship troubles on national TV – like Wilkinson did – doesn't say much for her ability to handle potential drama with the calmness it takes to get past the major issues.
5 Josh Duhamel and Fergie
Rumors can do a lot of damage to a relationship, which is one reason we suspect so many celebrity relationships fall apart each and every year. After Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel were married, it was rumored that he cheated on her nine months later with a stripper. Fergie has kept pretty quiet about the allegations, and Duhamel denies that they're true, but it doesn't mean that Fergie herself didn't struggle after the rumors surfaced. According to some sources, he's cheated on her more than once, and even if these are only rumors with no truth to back them up, it can still create a lot of anxiety over time.
She told Oprah that it was difficult at that time, but that they've recovered. And judging by the looks of it, the two seem to be getting along fairly well They welcomed a baby, Axl Jack, and Duhamel insists that their bond is unbreakable. But new rumors have come up recently in regard to Fergie's solo work – a source claimed that Duhamel was trying to push Fergie to leave the Black Eyed Peas. He denies it, of course, but if there's even a grain of truth, it sounds like there may be more stress within the marriage than the public is seeing.
4 Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson
Cutesy Instagram photos may have you thinking these two are as happy as two lovers can be. Jessica Simpson has even said that their marriage is like a nonstop Honeymoon. So then, you might be asking yourself, what's the problem? Well according to some sources, all is not actually well in the Simpson-Johnson home. Or at the very least, it's not the paradise they make it appear to be.
Before they were even married, rumors were already circulating that Johnson, a former New Orleans Saint, was still having sex with his ex-wife. This may not be too surprising, considering the fact that Simpson met Johnson while he was still married to his ex. The ex apparently went on to say that Johnson is broke, and is using Simpson for her money. Given the fact that it's been speculated that there is a financial element to their marriage – it's believed that he's been given half a million dollars from Simpson upon their marriage, with another $200,000 on each anniversary and $1 million if they reach 10 years – that may not be too far from the truth.
It almost sounds like he's being bribed to stay married, doesn't it? But they may not make it to that million dollar anniversary after all. Sources are now saying Johnson is sleeping on the couch, and the couple aren't having sex anymore. Factors such as Johnson not working, and Simpson's restrictive diet are said to be playing a role in the couple's demise.
3 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Ahh yes, Kim and Kanye. Let's admit it, most of us thought this relationship was doomed from the start. Kim jumped from one marriage to the next so fast, the ink was probably still wet on her divorce papers. Not only that, both of these two have egos the size of Texas and are probably more in love with themselves (and fame) than they are in love with each other – though they keep putting on a happy face for the whole world to see. But sources say it's exactly that and nothing more.
While Kanye was infatuated early on by Kim's body, it seems that these days, she's having to beg him for sex. He's also complained that his blushing bride is only interested in taking selfies and shopping. And to that we have to reply, “duh”.
But Kanye isn't the only one with complaints. It's been said that his workaholic ways have upset Kim, and they even fought over where the couple would spend their first Christmas. She wanted the two of them and their daughter, North, to spend time with her family in L.A while he wanted to work through the holidays in Paris. Kim gave in and went to Paris, but given the seeming tension already, you have to wonder if the couple will survive to see another Christmas? From the looks of it, our guess is no.
2 Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne
Some of you may be surprised to see Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne on this list. Not because they're some sort of dream couple or anything, but because it's almost hard to believe they haven't broken up already. According to Lavigne, though, they “don't like the D-word” and divorce isn't on the cards.
The couple were only dating for a month when they got engaged, and they had a huge wedding a year later. They've only been married for a short time, but they're already breaking some of the rules they set forth at the outset of their marriage.
For instance, Lavigne, 29, and Kroeger, 39, told People magazine that one of their rules was that they'd never drink or even go to nightclubs without each other because it's inviting trouble. Seems to us that if you have to go that far to keep yourself from straying, perhaps the marriage is doomed to begin with, but we digress. They've already broken that rule, or at least Lavigne has. Earlier this year, she was seen partying with friends not once, but twice in the same month – and both times, she wasn't wearing her wedding ring. Doesn't sound like a recipe for longevity to us!
1 LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian
You know what they say; once a cheater, always a cheater. And when an entire relationship is formed while both parties are involved with other people, that's two too many cheaters to go around.
While country singer LeAnn Rimes and actor Eddie Cibrian try to improve their images after their much publicized cheating scandal, they only seem to be managing to make it worse, going as far as highlighting it in a reality show. Now there are rumors that Cibrian has been caught cheating again, possibly multiple times, and we have to ask ourselves, is anybody really all that surprised? Not really. It's not like this couple started off in an honest and open relationship to begin with.
Their faithfulness has already been tested – and they both failed. It's only a matter of time before one, or both, end up having affairs again, if they haven't started already. And if not, well good for them, I guess. But we will be pretty surprised if that turns out to be the case.