It’s no secret that relationships in Hollywood tend to be long over before they even start. While some celebs find success in love, others are filing for divorce before the ink is even dried on the marriage license.
When the fall-out of a relationship in Hollywood hits the media, a circus of chaos ensues. Without knowing the cause of the breakup, gossip magazines and ‘close sources’ give their input on what went wrong. Fans are at the edge of their seats trying to get a glimpse of any truth behind the divorce. A bad case of “he said, she said” takes over.
The news of a couple separating in Hollywood can either be shocking or inevitable. Nonetheless, things can get awkward real fast in the industry when one partner decides to move on soon after the news is released. As seen with several celebrity divorces, the proceedings can either run smoothly or be an all-out war. For example, for country stars Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, their shocking divorce was finalized within days. But for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, their un-coupling took a turn for the worst with physical abuse allegations and an absent prenuptial agreement.
No matter how the credits roll on a relationship, one thing is for sure: women tend to conquer following a heartbreak. With these 15 leading ladies in Hollywood, one would never think that they experienced divorce, what with their headstrong and fearless demeanor. They are rocking the post-divorce life and look great while doing it.
Continue reading to find out who the 15 hottest divorcées in Hollywood are.
15 Katie Holmes
While Katie Holmes may have been the envy of every female when she began dating her Hollywood crush, Tom Cruise, their marriage didn’t have a cliché movie ending. When she was just 26 years old, the actress began dating a 42-year-old Cruise. They took the media by storm when they were first spotted together and finally made their first official public appearance in Rome. After two months of dating, the pair became engaged in 2005 and, four months later, announced they were expecting a baby girl. Months following Suri Cruise’s arrival, the new parents married in Rome.
Their relationship appeared to perfect, but behind the cameras, the Dawson’s Creek actress’ marriage was falling apart. Their divorce announcement shocked the world when the pair officially stated that their six-year marriage had dissolved into nothing. The devastating end to her relationship didn’t interfere with her continuous rising career, though. Her time on Broadway and raising her daughter as a single mom illustrated that Holmes was a mom on a mission, while still keeping up with her effortless appearance.
14 Demi Moore
Actress Demi Moore, is no stranger to divorce. In fact, the 53-year-old has been through three. At the time of her first marriage (to Freddy Moore), she was only seventeen. The pair divorced after four years, but Moore continued to use her ex-husband's name as her stage name. Then in 1987, Moore married her second husband and fellow actor Bruce Willis. Together, the duo welcomed three daughters; Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah. However, after a decade-long marriage, they filed for divorce in October of 2000. Finally, the third time was not the charm when Moore married a much younger Ashton Kutcher. The actors were the poster couple for 'cougars', but their romance came to an end after six years of marriage. It’s safe to say that after three unsuccessful courtships, Moore is content not settling down and focusing on her daughters and fizzling acting career. Nonetheless, no one can deny that the former sex-symbol still turns heads.
13 Amber Heard
Amber Heard is an American actress who encountered great success with her acting career, but it was her recent disastrous divorce with Johnny Depp that made headlines. After meeting on the set of their film The Rum Diary in 2001, the pair eventually began a romantic relationship together. The following year, they moved in together and were later married in a private ceremony at their home in February of 2015. While the pair encountered legal issues outside of their relationship, no one suspected that the actors were having some serious trouble in their marriage.
It was in May of 2016 when Heard filed for divorce that all hell broke loose. The divorce included many troublesome allegations, and in August, it was officially settled. Despite the ugly headlines Heard was associated with, the actress continues to be one of Hollywood’s most stunning blondes and still appears in several big screen releases. The thirty-year-old’s appearance and acting ability will soon overshadow her chaotic divorce to one of Hollywood’s most popular actors.
12 Halle Berry
Halle Berry may have a successful acting career, but the same can’t be said about her love life with three divorces on her resume. Her most recent divorce occurred following two years of marriage to French actor Olivier Martinez. Despite her three failed marriages, Berry proves that divorce doesn’t define her in an industry that is certainly no stranger to unsuccessful relationships. The actress has built an impressive career with her films.
In addition to the attention received from the silver screen, many are blown away with Berry’s natural beauty. In 2008, Access Hollywood conducted a survey which concluded that Berry was the “Sexiest Black Woman”. Five years prior to receiving that title, People magazine ranked the biracial actress No. 1 on their “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” list. Now at age fifty, the single mother of two, continues to wow audiences with her still flawless appearance.
11 Britney Spears
Oops! She did it again. Pop sensation Britney Spears, has had her fair share of love letdowns. In a Las Vegas chapel, Spears and a childhood friend signed what was probably the shortest marriage in history; it was annulled 55 hours later. Nevertheless, Spears wasn’t shy to say “I do” again to her backup dancer Kevin Federline. The pair turned heads with their relationship when they were engaged after only three months of meeting. Their toxic relationship was chronicled in the singer’s first realty show, Britney & Kevin: Chaotic. The inevitable end of their marriage came to surface in 2006 when Spears filed for divorce after two kids and three years of marriage.
After the divorce, Spears' personal life faced more adversity which was a catalyst for her infamous 2007 meltdown that was documented by media everywhere. From then, the music icon was on an uphill battle to rebuild her image. It didn’t take long for Spears to earn back her claim to fame; she now headlines her own Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me. The single mom of two also proved that her busy schedule doesn’t interfere with her time to exercise when she posted an array of selfies to her Instagram account. Yeah, Britney's still got it.
10 Gwyneth Paltrow
With her infamous ‘conscious un-coupling’ phrase, Gwyneth Paltrow shocked fans when she announced her separation from her husband Chris Martin. After a 13-year marriage to the Coldplay frontman, the two finally called it quits. The American actress became a household name overnight with her role in the 1998 film, Shakespeare in Love. The blonde beauty won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and two Screen Actors Guild awards for her role in the popular film.
From there, Paltrow’s career took off and she became one of Hollywood’s leading actresses. In April of 2013, People magazine named Paltrow the “Most Beautiful Woman” in their annual feature. Rightfully so, the accomplished actress has additionally proved that she is more than just a pretty face. In 2008, Paltrow took her love for food and co-wrote her first book, Spain…A Culinary Road Trip. Three years later she wrote another book, My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness. In the years following that release, she wrote two additional books.
9 Jennifer Lopez
She’s still Jenny from the block. As one of Hollywood’s hottest triple threats, Jennifer Lopez proves that she's more than just a former married woman. With her talents, Lopez’s personal life doesn’t affect her prominent title. The 47-year-old sensation had two brief marriages all before 2002, but it was her high-profile divorce to her long time friend and singer Marc Anthony that captured worldwide media attention. They married in 2004 and welcomed a set of twins four years later. Despite the happy image this portrayed, Anthony filed for divorce after seven years of marriage. With the devastating end to her marriage, Lopez was seen with her backup dancer, Casper Smart. Their relationship showed Lopez to be one of Hollywood’s most successful and beautiful cougars. With her new image, the singer continues to prove why she is an entertainer by releasing sultry, lyrical songs that represented her fun new outlook on love and life.
8 Mandy Moore
Quickly rising to fame with her 1999 debut single, “Candy”, Mandy Moore launched herself to the top of Hollywood’s watchlist. With a successful music career, Moore expanded her credentials in 2001 when she appeared in the comedy The Princess Diaries. A year later, she starred in Nicholas Sparks’ book-to-film romantic drama, A Walk to Remember. With her budding career in both film and music, Moore made sure to make time for her love life. In 2008, Moore began dating Ryan Adams, a fellow singer-songwriter. After one year of dating, the pair married in Savannah, Georgia. Despite six years of marriage, the once happy couple filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences”. Not letting her failed marriage alter her views on love, Moore began dating guitarist Taylor Goldsmith just five months after filing for her divorce. Moore’s career also showed no signs of slowing down, as the former singer can be seen in NBC’s new series, This Is Us, premiering this fall.
7 Heidi Klum
As the first German model to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Heidi Klum was a prominent figure in the modeling industry. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model, made an easy transition from the runway to the design room as she launched several fashion and fragrance lines. However, her love life wasn’t as smooth as her career.
Klum was married to stylist, Ric Pipino for five years, before entering another rocky relationship with musician Seal. The two married on a beach in Mexico in May of 2005, and later welcomed three children. However, just after seven years of marriage, the two divorced. Since her highly public separation, Klum never stumbled and continued to secure gigs for the small screen. In 2013, the iconic model joined the America’s Got Talent cast as a judge during the show’s eighth season. Whether it’s judging on television shows, or walking down the street, Klum is making the world her runway, and she looks damn good doing it.
6 Katy Perry
As one of pop's most iconic singers, Katy Perry isn’t letting her divorce from comedian Russell Brand silence her roar. Their marriage of two years may have ended in 2012, but Perry continued to thrive. While Perry did pen the song, “By the Grace of God”, during her 'meltdown' following the separation, the bold musician has continued to prove she is a force to be reckoned with. Even Taylor Swift knows that Perry will never go down without a fight. Fresh on the heels of her divorce with Brand, Perry began seeing fellow musician, John Mayer, and the two recorded a single together. Things appeared to be running smoothly for the pair and that love was on the horizon again for Perry, but in the end, the two failed to make their relationship work.
Despite their inevitable end, Perry embarked on The Prismatic World Tour and showed everyone just how tough she is. The musician became a spokesperson for CoverGirl makeup and designed a jewelry and accessories line with Claire’s. The divorce didn’t hinder Perry’s ability to expand her brand and prove she is much more than a talented singer and performer. Currently, Perry is in a relationship with actor Orlando Bloom, as the two have been photographed around the world basking in more than just a sun-kissed glow.
5 Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff is a former Disney child star that we can all be proud of. Unlike her fellow Disney Channel co-stars, the Lizzie McGuire actress has maintained a noble conscience and stayed out of trouble. When the 28-year-old actress and singer, married hockey star, Mike Comrie in 2010, fans rejoiced for the happy couple. The pair even welcomed their adorable son, Luca, over the course of their six years of marriage. Despite the seemingly picture-perfect family, Duff filed for divorce in 2016. Even more shocking, the former couple stated that they still loved one another and would continue being best friends. After the divorce, Duff threw herself into her work and began filming a new television series, Younger. In addition to her growing acting resume, Duff was in the studio working on her new album, Breathe In. Breathe Out. During the promotion for both her show and music, Duff graced the cover of Shape magazine where the single mother showed off her toned abs. Needless to say, without a man on her arm, Duff is winning in her post-divorce life.
4 Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco found rapid success thanks to her portrayal of Penny, the hot blonde neighbor to a group of sci-fi geeks in the hit comedy, The Big Bang Theory. However, Cuoco didn’t find the same success during her 21-month marriage to Ryan Sweeting. Though the divorce was a mutual decision, it had a bitter end when Cuoco was quick to cover her tattoo of the couple’s anniversary on the back of her neck.
Post-divorce, Cuoco spent her time hanging with friends and enjoying her first love; horseback riding. Transforming from a wife to a newly-single woman, Cuoco graced the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, baring major cleavage— talk about showing your ex what he's missing. With her impressive salary of $1 million per episode, Cuoco embraced her newfound identity and has even embarked down the road of love again. The divorcée is happily dating Karl Cook, a professional equestrian. Hopefully their mutual love for horses will be the key to a lifelong love.
3 Kate Hudson
This How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days actress may have experience in landing the guy on the silver screen, but off camera, Kate Hudson has experienced the fallout of a marriage. In 2000, Hudson married The Black Crowes frontman, Chris Robinson. The two were together for six years before announcing their split. A year later, the divorce was finalized and the two now share custody of their 10-year-old son, Ryder. Hudson gave love another shot in 2011 when she was engaged to Muse’s Matthew Bellamy. After welcoming a son and spending four years together, the engagement was called off. The single mother of two young sons, has recently launched a workout clothing line, Fabletics, illustrating her rather perfect, sculpted figure. When not designing clothes or filming, Hudson has been seen flirting with younger men including Nick Jonas. While the two have failed to speak publicly about their time spent together in the past, it seems as if the blonde bombshell is on the prowl.
2 Miranda Lambert
After a decade together, fans were completely blindsided when Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their separation after four years of marriage. The country music stars were easily one of America’s favorite couples, with the love and support they showed for one another. However, it seems that behind closed doors, the two weren’t exactly singing in perfect harmony. While much debate has surfaced regarding the reason for their divorce, Lambert has reinvented herself following the failed marriage. Prior to the divorce, Lambert had shed her excess weight and turned heads on the red carpet. Still rocking her new body, Lambert released new music with her single, “Vice”, which debuted high on the country music charts. While Lambert admits that she still has bad days, one wouldn’t even know it based on her newfound love with musician Anderson East. With her iconic platinum blonde hair, pink guitar, long bronzed legs, and unapologetic lyrics, Lambert is not letting her divorce slow her down and keep her from conquering the country music industry.
1 Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale rose to fame in her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing. The English actress and her signature long brown hair, won-over audiences with her talent, but also with her flawless appearance. After an eight-year romance with fellow actor Michael Sheen, the two parted ways despite having a daughter, Lily, together. Following the end of their relationship, the English beauty married director Len Wiseman after falling in love on the set of the 2003 film, Underworld. They were together for eleven years before announcing their divorce in November of 2015. Not letting her divorce affect her motivation, Beckinsale dove head-first into her career. She starred in the romantic comedy, Love & Friendship, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, Beckinsale put her body to the test when filming the action movie, Underworld: Blood Wars, which will debut next year. The former model may have faced her fair share of heartache, but the emotional pain clearly isn’t keeping her from stealing our attention.