18 Bitter Celebrity Breakups in 2016 That No One Saw Coming

2016 is not even halfway through and the list of celebrity breakups just keeps growing! I guess love is NOT in the air this year. Maybe we'll have better luck with the second half of 2016. Some of our favorite celebrity "it" couples have sadly decided to call it quits this year.

From Taylor Swift's loyal fans being devastated by her breakup with DJ Calvin Harris to the surprising news of the end of a decade long marriage between the "OG" rock & roll couple Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne - we'll take a look at all of the high profile celebrity couples that you would have never guessed split up.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have been all over the news in the past weeks due to Heard's allegations of physical abuse against Depp. Heard even made the public announcement on the same day Depp's new movie Alice Through The Looking Glass was released in theaters! Although, it didn't seem to have any effect on the film, which came in at $20 million on its first weekend and is now up to $105 million at the box office. Will this have a devastating effect on Depp's acting career? Or, will people get past it like they did with Woody Allen after his sexual abuse allegations were brought to light?

Between broken-off engagements, cheating scandals, divorces, abuse allegations, and some celebrity quickie relationships, this list covers it all. This year is not the year for romance in Hollywood, it seems. Take a look at this list to see the most shocking, bitter and unexpected celebrity breakups that have happened so far in 2016.


18 Hilary Swank & Ruben Torres

Rumors have it that it was Hilary, who ended up calling off her engagement to the former tennis pro, Ruben Torres. Swank and Torres dated for almost a year prior to getting engaged in March.

However, it seems the engagement butterflies didn't last for long, as Swank was seen making an appearance at the 2016 French Open at the beginning of June without her engagement ring. The actress has also deleted the engagement announcement she posted to Instagram and Twitter. This would have been Swank’s second marriage; she was previously married to actor Chad Lowe for 10 years before they divorced in 2007.

17 Liza Weil & Paul Adelstein


Weil and Adelstein are both pretty well known television actors who have been on many popular shows. Liza Weil is known for her role as Paris Gellar in Gilmore Girls, or more recently as Bonnie in How to Get Away With Murder. Paul Adelstein has played Dr. Cooper in Private Practice, and is currently on the hit show Scandal. The pair both play roles in Shonda Rimes' hit shows, aka Shondaland.

The couple married in 2006 and were married for almost 10 years before announcing their separation in January of 2016. Weil has been said to be in the process of filing for divorce. The couple has a young daughter, Josephine. Weil is requesting joint custody.

16 Lea Michele & Matthew Paetz

After the devastating loss of her boyfriend Cory Monteith to an overdose a few years back, it seemed that Lea Michele had finally found happiness again with model Matthew Paetz. The pair had been together for almost two years before the split.

Apparently, Paetz, 30, broke up with Lea Michele out of left field with no prior warning signs. Lea had reportedly hit a rough patch after Glee wrapped and she was constantly complaining about not getting enough work. Sounds like she was taking out a little of that frustration on her man! Lea Michele has been notorious for being difficult to work with. Maybe he just couldn’t take it anymore.

15 Idris Elba & Naiyana Garth


Longtime couple Idris Elba and Naiyana Garth have announced their split. The couple has a 22-month-old son. Rumors have it that Idris has moved out of their home in London and is renting a flat nearby.

Elba was spotted no less than a few days later with infamous supermodel Naomi Campbell. Campbell has been a longtime friend and admirer. Author of his biography, Idris Elba: Actor, DJ, Legend, Nadia Cohen said, "He’s at the peak of his career and one of the most desired men in the world and maybe having a young baby doesn’t chime with that. It seems like he won’t ever settle down."

14 Nina Dobrev & Austin Stowell


The Vampire Diaries star and fellow actor Austin Stowell had been fairly public on social media during their seven-month relationship. The couple shared photos with fans of the pair on lavish vacations and in romantic poses. They seemed to be totally smitten with each other.

However, fans started speculating that the couple was headed for splitsville when Nina showed up to Super Bowl 50 without Stowell by her side. "Sunday Funday #HappyGALentinesDay," she wrote on Instagram along with a Polaroid photo of herself with close friends. The couple decided to call it quits in late January, citing busy schedules as their reason for splitting.

13 Khloe Kardashian & James Harden


After a rough go with soon to be ex-husband Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian seemed to find some short-lived happiness with professional basketball player James Harden. The two had many fun-filled moments together.

Although rumors of cheating on Harden’s part have been circling, the pair still claims that nothing bad happened to cause the relationship to end. The couple claimed that they simply did not get a chance to see each other or talk enough, and things just fizzled out.

12 Frances Bean Cobain & Isiah Silva


Daughter of the infamous rock legend Kurt Cobain, Frances Bean Cobain recently filed for divorce from her husband, Isaiah Silva. Frances Bean is citing irreconcilable differences after 21 months of marriage.

Cobain is fearful that Silva might try to go after her family’s $450 million fortune. She is asking that all premarital assets be awarded to her separately. Cobain is even willing to pay spousal support, as long as he doesn’t go anywhere near her father’s estate!


11 Jaimie Alexander & Peter Facinelli


Blindspot’s Jaimie Alexander and Supergirl’s Peter Facinelli broke things off before they could make things official! The two were engaged to be married this year. The two had met on the set of a romantic comedy, Loosies, back in 2012, which they were both starring in.

The couple cited busy work schedules and being bicoastal as the reason for the breakup. They claimed that they could not make the relationship a priority at this time. Facinelli perhaps didn't want to get involved in another marriage that had the potential to go sour. Peter was previously married to 90210 actresses Jennie Garth and has three children with her.

10 Kirsten Dunst & Garrett Hedlund

This handsome couple seemed like a perfect fit for each other. The pair made their first official appearance together in January of 2012 and were said to be living together in Los Angeles. The couple broke things off quietly after four years together.

The couple had recently made a red carpet appearance at the Golden Globes looking happy as ever. No reason has been given as to why the couple decided to end the relationship. Dunst has been previously linked to actor Jake Gyllenhaal and Razorlight frontman, Johnny Borrell.

9 Steve-O & Kat Von D


The Jackass star and the infamous celebrity tattoo artist are no longer together! The relationship between Steve-O and Kat Von D should have been a match made in heaven. They both had single-letter last names, after all. The tattooed, quirky, rebellious, and fun-loving couple was surprisingly only dating for three months before they split! They have each deleted all of the pictures they took together off of social media.

No public mentions were made as to the reason the couple broke things off so quickly. Maybe they were too similar?

8 Zac Efron & Sami Miro

After almost two years of dating, Zac Efron and Sami Miro called it quits at the end of April, 2016. The couple has been fairly private about their relationship, but has shared a few romantic pics on social media.

Zac has since deleted all traces of his former love from social media. However, Sami has yet to wipe her pages clean of Efron. Her feed still shows the happy times that the couple shared together. Zac is currently busy filming Baywatch and he will soon be doing promo work for the theatre release of Neighbors 2.

7 Casey Affleck & Summer Phoenix


One of the strongest couples in Hollywood, Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix announced their divorce after ten years of marriage. They were married in 2006 and have two children together. The pair had actually met through Summer’s brother, Joaquin Phoenix, in 1995.

The two reportedly had an amicable separation and remain close friends. Although, can you really be close friends with your ex-husband? The couple’s split comes nine months after Affleck’s brother Ben separated from his wife Jennifer Garner after 10 years of marriage.

6 Ozzy Osbourne & Sharon Osbourne

The OG reality TV stars, the Osbournes put their lives on display on MTV in the early 2000s, winning the hearts of viewers everywhere. The couple’s unorthodox parenting style made for a comical and entertaining show. Sharon and Ozzy have been an infamous rock & roll couple for nearly four decades.

Unfortunately, Ozzy has struggled with alcohol and substance abuse for many years, whispers of cheating have gone on for quite some time, and the couple ultimately decided to call it quits this year. However, Ozzy personally stated that it was not his struggle with sobriety that caused the split.

5 Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik


Supermodel Gigi Hadid and former member of One Direction Zayn Malik have apparently broken up after seven months of dating. The couple began their relationship back in November but hadn’t made their red carpet debut until this May at the Met Gala. Gigi even starred in the music video for Zayn’s hit single, “Pillowtalk.”

Gigi has been known for dating a few successful men in her rise to fame, including Cody Simpson and Joe Jonas. It is even rumored that this breakup with Malik was all part of the couple’s plan to gain attention from the media.

4 Tyga & Kylie Jenner

Tyga and Kylie Jenner gained a lot of notoriety for their relationship. The pair began “secretly” dating each other while Kylie was 17 and Tyga was 26. Tyga had just left his baby mama, Blac Chyna, and did not want his dating Kylie to affect his visitation rights with his son, King Cairo.

The couple received tons of public scrutiny for their relationship and have been amid many cheating rumors and scandals. Perhaps Kylie finally saw through Tyga’s lies and realized that he was not being faithful.

The rapper’s baby mama, Blac Chyna, is now engaged to be married and pregnant with Kylie Jenner’s brother, Rob Kardashian. So maybe things were just getting a bit too complicated.

Tyga is already said to be dating someone new, Demi Rose. While Kylie, has been rumored to have been seen hanging around rapper PartyNextDoor.

3 Demi Lovato & Wilmer Valderrama


Demi shocked fans on Friday (June 4th) when she posted an Instagram post noting that her six-year relationship with boyfriend Wilmer Valerrama had come to an end, saying "This was an incredibly difficult decision for both of us, but we have realized more than anything that we are better as best friends. We will always be supportive of one another. Thank you to everyone who has offered us kindness and support over the years."

The breakup comes as a big surprise to the public. Just one month prior, Demi had been gushing about her relationship with Valderrama. The couple had spoken openly about their hopes for the future, including marriage. "We've been together this long.. obviously I'm not going anywhere," she told Ellen DeGeneres in February.

2 Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris


Well, get ready for another breakup anthem because Taylor Swift has just been dumped. The 26-year-old singer is said to be doing her best to get through her shocking breakup with Calvin Harris. According to sources close to Swift, she even though Harris might be The One! The couple had been dating for over a year and things were getting pretty serious between the two; Calvin was even spotted out ring shopping before the breakup.

But, it sounds like Taylor was way more invested in the relationship than her EDM ex-boyfriend was. Calvin felt that Taylor was moving too quickly for him. It looks like the only weddings T-Swift will be attending in the near future will be the ones she crashes.

1 Johnny Depp & Amber Heard


Amber Heard has shocked the public, making allegations that her husband Johnny Depp had physically assaulted her. Amber has since filed her divorce petition, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple has only been married for a little over a year, having wed in February of 2015.

The couple had no prenup in place. Heard is requesting spousal support from Depp. She showed up to the courthouse in Los Angeles with a bruise over her eye that she claimed was the result of Johnny throwing a cell phone at her face. Text messages between Heard and Depp’s assistant describing the assault and discussing the issues in detail have been released to the public.

It seems like this is only the beginning of what is about to be a very, messy divorce.

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