Celebrity break-ups and divorces are a dime a dozen in Hollywood. We regularly see famous people jump from relationship to relationship, or even from marriage to marriage. With this in mind one can’t help but seem doubtful that a celebrity couple can go the distance, and if ever a couple makes it past the 10-year mark we almost find ourselves gasping in surprise.
Someone else who may be left gasping in surprise are the men on the list below. Although even they themselves may not expect their relationships to last forever, we assume some of them were still very surprised to see that their ex-partners had moved on with other women. This definitely creates quite a messy love triangle. Take a look at our list to see just which celebrities we are talking about.
15 Meredith Baxter
14 Cynthia Nixon
Actress Cynthia Nixon was in a committed relationship with her male partner Danny Mozes for over 16 years, when the pair abruptly separated in 2003. The Sex and the City actress who had two children with Mozes, shocked many when only a short time after her divorce, she embarked on a relationship with a woman. Nixon’s girlfriend was revealed to be education activist Christine Marinoni. The pair became engaged in April 2009 and were wed in May 2012. Marinoni gave birth to the couple’s son, Max, in 2011. Speaking about her marriage and sexual orientation, Nixon stated in a 2007 interview that: “I don't really feel I've changed. I'd been with men all my life, and I'd never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn't seem so strange. I'm just a woman in love with another woman.” In 2012 the actress identified herself publicly as being bisexual.
13 Billie Jean King
12 Wanda Sykes
Famous comedian Wanda Sykes had been married to Dave Hall for over seven years when the pair split suddenly in 1998. After this it is thought Sykes began her first relationship with a woman. The star has spoken publicly in the past about her family’s reaction to her divorce and what happened after. Sykes said how she approached her mother by saying: “Um, let me just explain something to you. You know I'm living with so-and-so, I just want you to know that we're not just roommates…She's my girlfriend.” The comedian recounted how her mother was unable to process the information: “I was like, 'Mom, come on, you have to have known this…I just want to make sure we're clear on this.' She just fell apart, fell apart and ended up not coming out here for my surgery because she was just that, 'I'm done with you.'” Sykes met Alex Niedbalski in 2006 and went on to marry her in 2008. It is claimed Sykes parents did not attend the wedding but that they have managed to reconcile somewhat since this point.
11 Julie Cypher
Next on our list is Julie Cypher, who's most recognized for her relationship with singer Melissa Etheridge. Cypher left her husband of four years, Lou Diamond Philips in 1990 to start a relationship with Etheridge. It was later revealed that Cypher and Etheridge had initially met when Cypher while assisting on the music video for the Etheridge’s single "Bring Me Some Water.” The couple received a huge amount of attention in the media as Cypher was a gay rights advocate and half of one of the first openly lesbian celebrity couples. During their 12-year relationship, Cypher gave birth to two children through artificial insemination; although the couple were not eager to discuss it at the time, they later revealed that the father of both children was musician David Crosby. In a 1999 therapy session, Cypher told Etheridge that she was “not gay.” This led to the couple separating in 2000.
10 Kristanna Loken
9 Sheryl Swoopes
8 Kelly McGillis
Actress Kelly McGillis (Top Gun) married Boyd Black in 1979 after meeting him while they were both students at Juilliard. However, only two short years later the couple divorced. In the months that followed McGillis began a relationship with another woman. Tragedy struck the actress and her girlfriend in 1982 after they were the victims of a horrific attack. The couple were assaulted, verbally abused and raped at knifepoint by two men. McGillis has since stated that this horrifying event is what led her to pursue her role in The Accused, as a lawyer who represents Jodie Foster's character. McGillis went on to marry Fred Tillman in 1989, the couple had two daughters together before divorcing in 2002. In a 2009 McGillis announced during an interview that she was a lesbian and that this is something she has been coming to terms with since she was 12. In 2010, McGillis entered a civil union with her partner at the time, Melanie Leis but unfortunately the pair separated in 2011.
7 Anne Heche
Actress Anne Heche was in a loving and committed relationship with comedian Steve Martin during the mid to late 90s. This all changed in 1997 when Heche met Ellen DeGeneres at a Vanity Fair party in 1997. Just one week later the star dumped Martin and began a relationship with DeGeneres. Heche stated at the time that she had never before been in a relationship with a woman. At the time the couple even stated that they would consider getting a civil union if it became legal. Over the next three years the relationship between the two became hugely publicized, however, they eventually split in 2000. DeGeneres later stated: “The breakup was the worst, most awful event in my life. I thought we were going to grow old together and we'd be there for each other for the rest of our lives…I started to feel like Anne's mother, not her lover.” It is also thought that the wide media coverage the relationship gained is a reason that it fell apart. Heche later went on to marry Coleman "Coley" Laffoon a cameraman that she was first introduced to while he was working on DeGeneres’ stand up tour. The pair had a son Homer, born in 2002, but divorced in 2007. It is rumored that Heche left her husband for her Men in Trees co-star James Tupper, as the pair moved in together in 2007. In late 2008 it was confirmed that Heche was pregnant with her second child, and her first with Tupper.
6 Portia de Rossi
Anne Heche is not the only famous woman on our list to move on with Ellen DeGeneres after leaving their male partner. Actress Portia de Rossi separated from her husband Mel Metcalfe in 1999, after it was revealed he had been having an affair with de Rossi’s brother’s wife. Ouch! In the years that followed, the Australian star admitted that one of the reasons she married Metcalfe was that she hoped to gain a green card in order to remain in the United States and make a name for herself as an actress. It’s possible the reason Metcalfe had the affair is simply due to the fact that de Rossi was not attracted to him. The star once stated: "By the end of our first year together, despite my desire to be attracted to him, my latent fear of my real sexuality was simmering and about to boil." A few years after at a 2004 awards show de Rossi was introduced to DeGeneres and the pair began dating. Four years later, in 2008, the pair were married and have been together ever since. In 2013 de Rossi announced that she and DeGeneres were not planning on having any children. However, the couple have adopted several rescue animals.
5 Lindsey Lohan
4 Kristen Stewart
After actress Kristen Stewart was caught out cheating on her Twilight co-star and boyfriend Robert Pattinson, it appeared as things were over for the couple. However, they managed to give it another try, but broke up only a short time later. Since this point, however, Stewart has taken only to dating girls. The actress first dated French singer Stephanie “Soko” Sokolinski for a few months, before moving to an on-again, off-again relationship with digital effects specialist, Alicia Cargile. Since late 2016, Stewart has been dating Victoria's Secret model and Miley Cyrus’ ex-girlfriend, Stella Maxwell. Recently, on her February 4th appearance on Saturday Night Live, Stewart chose to describe herself as “so gay.”
3 Angelina Jolie
2 Amber Heard
It’s common knowledge at this stage that actress Amber Heard had a very messy and highly publicized separation from Johnny Depp last year. On May 23, 2016, Heard filed for divorce from Depp whom she had been in a three-year relationship with. Just five days before filing for divorce, Heard had also applied for a temporary restraining order against Depp due to claims he had been “verbally and physically” abusive. Many believe that Heard’s bisexuality may have played a big role in the crumbling of the couple’s marriage. It is alleged that Depp believed something was going on between his wife and photographer iO Tillett Wright. Reports claim that things reached almost breaking point when Heard moved Wright into the guesthouse of the home she shared with Depp. It is not known if there is any truth to these rumors but many believe that Heard’s bisexuality made Depp suspicions of any girl she had a friendship with. It didn’t help when rumors surfaced that Heard was involved with Model Maria de Villepin, and her ex-girlfriend Tasya van Ree, during her relationship with Depp.
1 Lauren Morelli
The final place on our list goes to Orange is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli, who filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Steve Basilone, in 2014. Morelli had dated Basilone for four years before they married, but her feelings for him changed completely when she realized that she identified with many of the gay women in the show she was writing for. Anyone familiar with Orange is the New Black will know that many of the characters on the show are gay women. After filing for divorce, Morelli embarked on a romance with Orange is the New Black star Samira Wiley, who plays the part of Poussey Washington on the show. The pair officially came out as a couple at the 2015 Emmy Awards where they were seen walking hand in hand. On October 4th 2016, Morelli publicly announced her engagement to Wiley.
Sources: NickiSwift, Wikipedia, DailyMail