Relationships can be both difficult and very rewarding. For some couples it takes love, compassion and patience to make the relationship work. It can be both easy and difficult at the same time. Love is an amazing feeling that can lead to endless happiness. At the same time it can cause pain, heartbreak and stress. There are many different aspects that can cause a great strain on a relationship. Couples sometimes are clouded by jealously, mistrust and anger. However, celebrity couples often deal with the same stresses and anxieties as any other couple. For a celebrity couple, this all happens under the harsh spotlight. The same spotlight that brings them great joy will also turn on them. Several loving celebrity couples fell victim to one of the greatest obstacles in their way: fame. With fame came money, power and even more attention. In some cases the more attention that a couple gets the more strain on the relationship. Sometimes it’s more attention from the opposite sex or more attention from fans and the media. Regardless, the fame plays a role in ruining the once loving celebrity couple.
No celebrity couple is safe from the threat of fame. Some couples have managed to stay together and remain in love despite the temptations offered by fame. Other couples are not as lucky and have come to a sad end. Here is a look at 15 Celebrity Couples That Were Ruined By Fame.
15 Usher and Tameka Foster
Often, when a celebrity marries a non-celebrity it will turn them into international stars overnight. In this case, Tameka Foster wasn’t a well known celebrity but worked with several of the biggest celebrities in the world. Usher and Tameka Foster were married in 2007 but the relationship crumbled under the strain from fame. Usher is a musician and has won 8 Grammy Awards throughout his career. He also dated several beautiful women, including Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Naomi Campbell. He released several critically and commercially acclaimed albums, such as 8701, Confessions and Here I Stand.
Tameka Foster is a personal stylist and has worked with several major artists, such as Jay-Z, Patti Labelle, Lauryn Hill and Nas. Usher and Tameka have two children together, however in 2009 Usher filed for divorce. Foster claims that Usher’s management team wanted him to appear as single, which caused a great strain on the relationship. Usher and Tameka's relationship couldn't last under the intense spotlight.
14 Camille and Kelsey Grammer
Some relationships can only handle a certain amount of fame. For Kelsey Grammer and Camille, the fame continued to increase adding more of a strain to the relationship. Eventually, the pressure was too much for the relationship and it soon came to an inevitable end. Kelsey Grammer is a 5-time Emmy Award winner and is best known for portraying Dr. Frasier Crane on the hit series Cheers and its spin-off series, Frasier. He was in several relationships prior to his marriage to Camille. Camille is a former Playboy model and has appeared in several TV series, such as Real Housewives, Frasier and 90210. Kelsey and Camille met in 1996 and married in a lavish wedding a year later in 1997. They have two children together born by using a surrogate mother. In 2010, Camille filled for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized a year later in 2011.
13 Linda and Hulk Hogan
Linda and Hulk Hogan married in 198os but it wouldn’t be until many years later that the fame and success would cause a strain on the relationship. Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest stars in the world of professional wrestling. He had his biggest success in the 80s and 90s. He worked for both WWE and WCW. He also appeared in several films, such as Rocky III, No Holds Barred and Santa With Muscles. Hulk and Linda married in 1983 and their wedding was attended by several wrestlers and personalities, including Andre The Giant and Vince McMahon. Hulk, Linda and their two children, Brooke and Nick, starred in the reality series Hogan Knows Best. In 2007, it was revealed that Hulk had an affair with a 33-year-old woman who helped Brooke with her album. However, Hulk claims that he never cheated on Linda. The separation and media attention took a toll on Hulk who claims he contemplated suicide. Linda filed for divorce in November of 2007, and it was finalized later in 2008.
12 Shanna Moakler and Travis Barker
Shanna Moakler and Travis Barker was an on-again, off-again couple whose relationship buckled under the pressure from fame, money and the harsh media spotlight. It all started like a fairytale, Travis Barker proposed to Shanna in the entrance of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. They were married on October 30th, 2004 and later had two children together. However, the relationship would soon implode. Shanna Moakler is a former Playmate of the Month and Miss New York USA. She also appeared in several TV series, such as Pacific Blue, Dancing With The Stars and Entourage. Travis Barker is best known as the drummer for Blink-182. Together both starred in the reality series, Meet The Barkers, for two seasons. In 2006, Barker filed for divorce and soon both took to MySpace to air their grievances, which just made the situation worse. At one point, rumors swirled that Barker was dating Paris Hilton, which led to a heated exchange between Hilton and Moakler at a club. Shanna Moakler even threw herself a “divorce party”. They tried to work things out for several years but in the end decided to divorce and remain good friends.
11 Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
At one point, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were one of the most talked about and beloved celebrity couples. Both were relatively famous when they first got together but it was their relationship and reality series that helped turn them into the most talked about and famous couple. However, the fame was too much for these two and it soon fizzled out. Jessica Simpson released several highly popular albums, such as Sweet Kisses, In This Skin and A Public Affair. Nick Lachey was best known for being a member of the boy band, 98 Degrees. They were married in 2002 and their reality series, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica began airing in 2003. The series revolved around their new marriage but also featured some of Jessica’s less than brilliant moments. Both became major international stars with the success of the series but by 2005, the relationship crumbled under the weight of fame. The divorce was finalized in 2006.
10 Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
In 1999, it seemed like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears would make the perfect couple. She was on her way to being the princess of pop and he was about to establish himself as a dominant solo star. They had first met when both were members of the Mickey Mouse Club. Britney Spears released several successful albums, such as Ooops… I Did It Again, Blackout and Circus. She also was at the center of much controversy and media attention. Justin Timberlake has also released several successful albums, including Justified, FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience. He also appeared in the films Alpha Dog, The Social Network and Inside Llewyn Davis. Britney and Justin were at the center of the tabloids for sometime until they suddenly broke up. Not too long after Justin released the single, “Cry Me A River” which revolved around infidelity and includes a Britney look-a-like. This led to speculation that Britney cheated on him. In the end, fame and attention helped bring the relationship to its inevitable end.
9 Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
At one point, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were the most talked about couple of Hollywood. The media and fans obsessed over their every move, decision and choice they made. They were at the center of intense media coverage. Eventually, the pressure caused a strain on the marriage that could no longer handle the intense fame. Katie Holmes had her big breakthrough with her role on the teen drama, Dawson’s Creek. She also appeared in several films, such as Go, Pieces of April and Batman Begins. Tom Cruise has been considered one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. He has starred in several critically and commercially acclaimed films, including Top Gun, A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire, Jerry Maguire and the Mission Impossible series. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were married in 2006 in a Scientology ceremony. However, the marriage couldn’t withstand the pressure that was put on it from fans and the media. After roughly 5 years of marriage, Katie Holmes filled for divorce in 2012. Many of her friends speculated that she feared intimidation by the Church of Scientology and the possibility that Cruise would abduct their only child. Luckily, it never came to that and the divorce was finalized in July of 2012.
8 Eva Longoria and Tony Parker
Eva Longoria and Tony Parker appeared to be the most perfect couple. Their relationship seemed unbreakable but as Hollywood has proved, no relationship is safe from fame. Tony Parker is a point guard in the NBA playing for the San Antonio Spurs. Eva Longoria is best known for her breakout role on the hit series, Desperate Housewives. She has appeared in several other TV series, including The Young & The Restless, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. They married in 2007 but it was just three years later that the relationship fell apart. Eva Longoria filled for divorce in 2010 citing irreconcilable differences. Apparently, Longoria found hundreds of text messages to Parker from another woman, later revealed to be the wife of his teammate. The pressures and stress of the relationship couldn’t hold up and the divorce was finalized in 2011. Eva Longoria claims that there is no bad blood between them.
7 Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' relationship couldn’t handle the intense media attention and fame that came with their marriage. It was so intense that the marriage only lasted 72 days. Kim Kardashian is best known for her starring role on the reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kris Humphries is an NBA player who plays for the Atlanta Hawks and also played for the Utah Jazz, New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors. However, both became even bigger stars with the announcement and coverage of their lavish wedding. The $10 million wedding was featured in a two-part special event that aired on E!. However, the fame and attention was just too much for this relationship. Kim filled for divorce 72 days later. Many fans and those in the media speculate that the entire wedding was simply a publicity stunt to gain more attention and money. The divorce generated as much media attention as the marriage and wedding itself.
6 Jon and Kate Gosselin
Jon and Kate Gosselin weren’t rock stars or movie stars that met early in their careers and ended up in a rough relationship. They were simply parents whose relationship suffered from the sudden media attention and fame. Jon, Kate and their children ended up becoming reality TV stars but that wasn’t their intention initially. Jon and Kate met in 1997 and married in 1999. In 2000, they had twin daughters and in 2004 they had sextuplets. They received media attention for having 8 children and soon were offered their own reality series on TLC, Jon and Kate Plus 8. The series revolved around the family and they were filmed three to four days a week. However, the fame and success soon caused a great strain on the relationship. Kate filed for divorce in 2009 with rumors that Jon was unfaithful. Later in 2009, police were called to the Gosselin home after Jon and Kate had a heated confrontation. Even after the divorce Kate and Jon have a very difficult relationship and are still locked in legal battles. Kate appears in the reality series, Kate Plus 8 and she makes other media appearances, including on The View and Dancing with the Stars. Jon has worked as a DJ and at T.G.I Fridays.
5 Caitlyn and Kris Jenner
It’s one thing to be a celebrity couple that feels the strain and pressure of fame. It’s another thing to be a celebrity couple whose relationship plays out on TV for everyone to see. Caitlyn Jenner is formerly Bruce Jenner and transitioned to Caitlyn in 2015. She won the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in 1976. Later, Bruce married Kris Jenner in 1991. Caitlyn and Kris have two daughters together. Kris Jenner was the wife of O.J. Simpson's lawyer Robert Kardashian. Kris Jenner truly rose to fame for her role on the reality TV series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Prior to this she wasn’t really that much of a celebrity. However, both Caitlyn and Kris would become even more widely known for their roles in the series. It appears their marriage suffered from the constant media attention and speculation regarding the family. In 2014, Kris Jenner filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences with the divorce finalizing in 2015.
4 Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattinson were one of the most talked about couples. Rumors first began to circulate that the two Twilight stars were romantically involved, which was the dream of just about every Twilight fan. However, if being together generated so much media attention then their break-up drew even more discussion and attention. Both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison became international stars for their roles in the Twilight films. Kristen Stewart also starred in several other films, such as Adventureland, Clouds of Sils Maria and Snow White and the Huntsman. Robert Pattinson appeared in several films as well, including Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars and the Harry Potter series. For several years neither Stewart nor Pattinson ever confirmed or denied the rumors of their relationship. However, in 2012 Stewart first publicly acknowledged the relationship when she apologized for cheating on him. It seems that the pressure and strain from fame was too much for this celebrity couple. Stewart had an affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Soon the relationship came to a very public end.
3 Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
Perhaps if Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were just two regular people they might still be together. However, when two incredibly famous people enter a relationship there is already a great amount of strain on it. With these two the pressure just kept growing and the fame helped bring the relationship down. J-Lo had been in several high profile relationships with Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and Ben Affleck. However, in 2004 she started dating Marc Anthony. They had been friends for sometime before dating. J-Lo has released several highly successful albums, such as On the 6, J-Lo and Rebirth. She’s also appeared in several films, including Selena, Out of Sight and Maid in Manhattan. Marc Anthony has released several successful albums as well, including Marc Anthony, Amar Sin Mentiras and 3.0.
In 2008, J-Lo gave birth to twins. However, there was an intense media coverage regarding their relationship. It suffered greatly from the added pressure of fame and the attention. In 2012 Anthony filed for divorce with it being finalized in 2014.
2 Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
There was a time when it seemed the only couple that mattered in Hollywood was Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. They were one of the most beautiful and beloved couples of all time. However, two of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood fell victim to the growing and intense fame that surrounded their relationship. Jennifer Aniston is best known for her iconic role as Rachel Green on the massively popular sitcom, Friends. She also appeared in several films, such as The Break-Up, We’re The Millers, Horrible Bosses and Office Christmas Party. Brad Pitt has starred in several critically and commercially acclaimed films, including Seven, Fight Club and The Big Short. For a long time Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were considered a rare successful celebrity couple. In 2000, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were married in a private ceremony in Malibu. They were considered the perfect couple but many were shocked with the announcement of their separation. Their divorce was finalized in 2005 but that hasn’t stopped them from being the center of attention. Rumors swirled that Pitt had an affair with Angelina Jolie, something he has denied. To this day, fans and the media continue to talk about the once legendary celebrity couple.
1 Robin Thicke and Paula Patton
In 1991, when Robin Thicke was 14 years old he met and fall in love with a gorgeous 16-year-old named Paula Patton. He had dreams of making it big in music and she dreamt of being an actress. He asked her to dance and while they danced he sang Stevie Wonder’s “Jungle Fever”. They started dating in 1993 and married in 2005. They have one son that was born in 2010. Everything was perfect for this couple, until fame entered the picture. Both had done well in their professions but in 2013 both performers' careers skyrocketed and the relationship suffered. Paula Patton has appeared in several films, such as Hitch, Precious and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Robin Thicke has released several albums and is best known for the singles “Lost Without U”, “Magic” and the smash hit “Blurred Lines”. The relationship couldn’t hold up under the stress and strain from the fame. It seems that Robin struggled with being a married man with all the attention he received. Paula filled for divorce in 2014 and it was finalized in 2015 ending 21 years together and 9 years of marriage.