There’s no doubt about it — the entertainment industry is tough on relationships. And no, we’re not just talking about the fact that many celebrities end up kissing their co-stars in intimate scenes, or performing alongside scantily clad dancers of the opposite gender. Most partners understand that that type of thing is just part of the job description when you’re a performer. We’re talking about the insane scrutiny. When you’re a celebrity, your relationship is examined almost constantly by the tabloids, by fans, by paparazzi, everyone. Every picture taken is analyzed and every rumour is blown up. It definitely doesn’t seem like an easy way to live.
That’s why long-term relationships are so rare in Hollywood. Sure, there are a handful of celebrities who manage to make it work — but it seems that more and more often, even celebrities who have made it a decade together or more are calling it quits because something just wasn’t working. Yes, it could just be that they became different people and things just didn’t feel right with their partners anymore — however, we can’t help but feel that Hollywood is partially to blame.
2017 was a tough year for many reasons, and a huge number of celebrities ended up divorcing — here are 15 celeb couples that decided to call it quits for good last year.
15. Josh Duhamel And Fergie: We Hope She Remembered That Big Girls Don’t Cry
It’s hard to believe that Fergie and Josh Duhamel had been married for eight years — it seems like just yesterday we were scratching our heads at the somewhat unusual pairing of the Hollywood heartthrob and the stunning front woman for the Black Eyed Peas. However, they definitely worked as a couple, and seemed like they were in it for the long haul. Yet, after 13 years total together, they released a statement saying “with absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple… to give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.” So sad! They were so adorable together.
14. Ben Stiller And Christine Taylor, Who Were Together 17 Freaking Years!
There may have been a few tabloid covers when Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor first got together, but many people have forgotten about this couple because, well, they’ve been married for 17 years! They have two children together, and were just one of those couples that seemed to defy the Hollywood relationship curse. Though they both had successful careers, they weren’t quite A-List enough to be chased by the paparazzi non-stop, which likely helped. However, they announced their split in May of 2018 saying that “with tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate.” We’re not sure about all the details behind the split, but one thing is for sure — they’re both likely going to spend 2018 recovering, because you don’t get over two decades of love in a few weeks.
13. Naomi Watts And Liev Schreiber, Ruined After Over A Decade Of Love
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber are both established actors who have been in the business for decades, and while their love was never front page news, they seemed to be happy together in every paparazzi shot the public saw. However, it appears to have been a different story behind closed doors — something just wasn’t working, and they decided to split. They announced the news saying that “over the past few months we’ve come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple. It is with great love, respect and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship.” What a bummer, though — they were so cute together.
12. Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie, The Love Affair That Ruined A Marriage
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past twenty years, you know the story behind Brangelina. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were Hollywood’s golden couple, and it seemed like they’d be together forever — then, Pitt starred in a movie with the gorgeous Angelina Jolie, and was soon splitting up with his then wife and forging a new relationship. However, Brangelina came tumbling down after over a decade together — although they were only married for the last couple of years, since 2014 — and we’re still not quite over it. One of the primary reasons they split, allegedly, was because the had disagreements when it came to how to parent their children. Things are probably even tougher now with custody battles. We have to wonder what Jennifer Aniston is thinking now!
11. Kaley Cuoco And Ryan Sweeting, Proof That You Should Wait More Than A Few Months Before Tying The Knot
Kaley Cuoco and her hubby, tennis player Ryan Sweeting, had quite the whirlwind romance. They started dating and it seemed like they were engaged pretty quickly, then rather than taking a one or two year engagement like many celebrities do, they threw caution to the wind and tied the knot after only about three months as a betrothed couple. It seemed like a total whirlwind, but hey — people fall in love at different paces, and usually when you know, you know. However, it seems that they may have gotten caught up in the romance of it — and Kaley was not about to tolerate Sweeting’s alleged drug use — because they decided to split not long after getting married. They split in 2015, but their actual divorce was finalized in 2017, which means Cuoco is now a single lady living her best life in Hollywood.
10. Jesse Williams And Aryn Drake-Lee: She Was With Him When He Was Still A Teacher!
Jesse Williams may be an A-List star nowadays, but back when he met his wife Aryn Drake-Lee, he was just a public school teacher trying to make ends meet. She supported him when he decided to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, and has been by his side throughout it, as his Grey’s Anatomy gig caused his fame to skyrocket. They tied the knot in 2012, after dating for about four years, and had two children together before things went south. They’ve worked on several projects together over the years, such as Jesse’s Ebroji app, and have kids, so they’ll likely need to keep things civil, but it’s still a sad thing. They seemed so cute together! Although we have to admit, we’re insanely curious to see what woman snags Jesse Williams next — he’s a total babe.
9. Gina Torres And Laurence Fishburne: A Power Couple No More
Gina Torres has always seemed like the strong, fierce kind of woman who doesn’t need a man in her life — she can make things happen for herself. However, in the ’00s she fell for fellow actor Laurence Fishburne, and they ended up tying the knot in 2002 and having 15 years of wedded bliss together. However, things went south, and they announced their separation last year, saying that “there are no bad guys here, only a love story with a different ending than either one of us had expected.” So sad! The duo have a daughter together, so will likely be seeing one another because of that, but we can’t imagine what they must be going through after a marriage that long falls apart. Hollywood truly is a tough place for relationships.
8. David Schwimmer And Zoe Buckman: As Ross Would Say, They’re On A Break
David Schwimmer’s iconic Friends character Ross Gellar may have gotten married a handful of times, but Schwimmer himself only took that walk down the aisle once — in 2010, with artist Zoe Buckman. Some people gave the relationship a bit of a side eye at first, seeing as Schwimmer was nearly 20 years older than his new wife, but they convinced everyone in the end — they seemed truly in love. Unfortunately, like many of Ross Gellar’s marriages, it just didn’t last — in April of 2017 they released a statement saying that “We have decided to take some time apart while we determine the future of our relationship.” They may not have been as explicit as some of the other celebs in their statement, but you can read between the lines and tell that it doesn’t bode well for the duo.
7. Scarlett Johansson And Romain Dauriac: ScarJo Has Bad Luck With Marriage
Scarlett Johansson is living proof that marriage is about a whole lot more than just looks. You might take a look at the bombshell and assume no one would ever want to divorce her, but the actress has another failed marriage under her belt now. Scarlett and her hubby Romain Dauriac, who is a French journalist, were married in 2014 and after nearly four years together they decided to split. Johansson filed for divorce in early 2017, and is battling her ex husband for custody of their daughter Rose. Divorce is tough enough, but we can’t imagine how difficult it must be when the former partners can’t agree on their childcare situation. Many seem to make it work, sharing custody in some way, but when they battle to get sole custody it opens a whole sad can of worms.
6. Adriana Lima And Marko Jaric: Turns Out An Angel And An Athlete Aren’t The Perfect Match
Adriana Lima was a bit of a late bloomer — because of her strong faith, she didn’t feel comfortable getting intimate with anyone until marriage. So, when she met Marko Jaric and they decided to tie the knot, she was finally able to see what all the fuss was about and explore that side of a relationship. Unfortunately, after six years of marriage, the two made the decision that things just weren’t working out. They have two daughters together and thankfully they seem to be devoted to making sure they’re happy rather than fighting over who gets custody. But we can’t imagine things are easy. Now, the question is, who will manage to snag the insanely gorgeous Adriana Lima next? If she’s still only comfortable with sharing her most intimate self within marriage, we may be hearing wedding bells sooner than you might think.
5. Jennifer Hudson And David Otunga: A Decade Of Love, Gone
To be honest, we always envisioned the powerhouse vocalist Jennifer Hudson with another singer — someone who she could do duets with and make music with. However, she fell for actor and wrestler David Otunga, and though they may have seemed like a bit of an odd pairing, it worked. They were together, they had a son, and they seemed to be in wedded bliss. Then, after just about a decade together, they made the announcement that they were separating — and Jennifer got a protective order against her former hubby. We’re not sure exactly what went down in their relationship, as a lot of that information is private, but it doesn’t seem like it was the easiest split, which is always hard. We hope they work things out and are happier in the long run.
4. Ewan McGregor And Eve Mavrakis: He Traded In 22 Years Of Marriage For A New Model
If you’ve seen any shade lately about Ewan McGregor trading his wife in for a younger model, well… that’s because that’s exactly what seems to have happened. McGregor was married to production designer Eve Mavrakis for over 20 years, and the duo have four children together. It seemed like they were one of those couples who managed to escape the Hollywood curse, but in 2017 McGregor was spotted kissing Mary Elizabeth Winstead, his co-star at the time, who is over 10 years younger than he is. They announced their split then, and officially divorced just a few days ago. While it’s never possible to know exactly what went into a couple’s decision to split unless they reveal it, we have to admit — this one kind of makes us like Ewan McGregor just a little bit less.
3. Mel B. And Stephen Belafonte: It’s Scary How Over It Is
Mel B’s fellow former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham may have years and years of wedded bliss under her belt with pro athlete David Beckham, but it seems Mel B hasn’t been quite so lucky. She found love with film producer Stephen Belafonte and they tied the knot a decade ago, had a child together, and it seemed like they’d be one of those couples who were together forever, just like the Beckhams. However, in 2017 they revealed that there was definite trouble in paradise — they filed for divorce, and kicked off some major drama when Belafonte wouldn’t let Mel B. take their daughter to the UK over the Christmas holidays. We have a feeling this one is going to be messy, which is never a good thing — hopefully Mel B comes out the other end stronger and happier!
2. Hayley Williams And Chad Gilbert: Total Misery Business
It was a match made in punk rock paradise. Paramore singer Hayley Williams and New Found Glory member Chad Gilbert were practically punk rock royalty, and were together eight years before getting engaged. Once you’ve been together for that long, you assume you know the person and marriage is just a bit of a formality, right? Well, not exactly. They announced their split last year and stated that “marriage is not for the faint of heart. Love is an absolute risk. And it’s up to each of us to stay hopefully even when the outcome isn’t what we’d originally hoped for.” Well, at the very least, these two musicians will probably get some fantastic broken-hearted music out of the situation, but still — it’s a major bummer for things to go south after so many years.
1. Chris Pratt And Anna Faris Are Done, So We Basically Can’t Believe In Love Again
There are a lot of celebrity couples who seem cute and like they’re well suited for one another, but Chris Pratt and Anna Faris were on an entirely different level. They just seemed to be total soul mates — they were both goofy, they both had dead bug collections, and they just seemed to be so genuinely in love with one another on the red carpet. Sure, their career trajectories changed a bit — Anna was the more famous of the two when they first tied the knot, and now Chris definitely is — but we thought they would last forever. That’s why we’re still devastated about the fact that they decided to divorce after 8 years of marriage, saying that “We tried hard for a long time and we’re really disappointed.” I mean, can we even believe in love again?
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