Divorce itself is pretty tough, but to go through it while the whole world is watching is even tougher. There have been some really messy and public celebrity divorces over the years. Some have gotten messy due to a long custody battle. Others have been dramatic due to allegations of abuse. Sadly, almost all of these situations have resulted in fans taking sides and trying to figure out who was to blame for the separation.
But what are the worst divorces that we’ve watched play out in the news? Here are the 25 worst celebrity divorces in Hollywood history.
1. Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen
The Starship Troopers actress filed for divorce in 2006 after four years of marriage. The couple had two kids together and Richards asked for a custody evaluation. She alleged that Sheen’s paranoia had kept their daughters from getting vaccinations, according to Fox News. She got letters from their pediatrician to support this claim. Richards also claimed that Sheen was abusive.
Not only that, but Richards said the Two and a Half Men actor would often pay for prostitutes, gambled, and was allegedly addicted to drugs. She claimed that Sheen visits websites that feature underage porn, according to ABC News. A judge granted a restraining order, requiring Sheen to stay 300 feet away from Richards, her home, and their daughters. The order was extended several times and the divorce took a long time due to the custody battle.
Richards and Sheen were allowed to legally marry other people in 2006, yet the battle wasn’t done. Sheen was already dating someone else, but Richards reportedly asked for his sperm to have another baby. This led to public arguments about the quality of his sperm. Since then, Sheen has married and divorced Brooke Mueller.