Celebrity Couples Who Revealed Way Too Much After a Messy Breakup
Celebrities may live parts of their lives in the spotlight, but many of them still choose to keep certain things private. And when it comes to breakups, there are some celebs who choose to keep a low profile and grieve away from the limelight. There are others, however, who go through breakups so public that it borders on insane.
Here’s a look at 15 messy celebrity splits that were pushed into the spotlight. (The breakup on page 12 was particularly bad.)
1. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
They were once one of Hollywood’s cutest young couples. But their split in the early 2000s was nasty — especially when it was publicly aired out that Phillippe had been unfaithful. In 2014, Witherspoon vented about it to Us Weekly, blaming the divorce for her career blunders. Yikes!
Next: One of the most talked about breakups in modern Hollywood …
2. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
With how the tabloids cover it, you would think that these two celebrities are still going through a breakup! Once it was speculated that Pitt had cheated Aniston with Angelina Jolie — more on them on page 15 — the tabloids had a field day that has yet to end. There have also been multiple “tell-alls” from the Friends actress regarding the divorce.
Next: This divorce was as nasty as they get …
3. Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson
Not only was their divorce incredibly public, but it spanned over a couple decades. Anderson alleged that Reynolds beat her, while the Smokey and the Bandit actor criticized his ex-wife’s penchant for spending money. (Reynolds ended up paying Anderson an exorbitant amount of money after their divorce, too.)
Next: How many songs did this split inspire?
4. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris
The singer’s relationships are typically made very public thanks to her social media persona and her penchant for writing about exes in her songs. But Swift went full force after her breakup with the DJ, to the point that he publicly snapped and went off on her a month after their split.
Next: This split may have inspired a song or two as well …
5. Sonny and Cher
The prolific musical couple just couldn’t keep their high profile split out of the spotlight. In fact, their relationship troubles were visible on their TV show. When they eventually divorced in 1974, Cher accused Bono of withholding her money while Bono publicly fought his ex-wife for custody of their daughter, Chastity.
Next: A messy breakup of ‘titanic’ proportions …
6. James Cameron and Linda Hamilton
Here’s a Hollywood marriage that really took an ugly turn. Shortly after the two wed the director began receiving accolades for Titanic, and Hamilton has publicly blamed the success of the film on the downfall of their marriage. “He was terribly insecure that I was going to ruin it for him somehow,” she told The Telegraph in 2010, adding that accompanying him to awards shows was dreadful.
Next: Things dissolved quickly for one half of this former couple …
7. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Ben Affleck has been the focal point of more than one bad breakup. But his most recent split from Jennifer Garner was the most ugly. Speculation the actor had an affair with the nanny was followed by multiple stints in rehab and sexual harassment claims. Garner, at least for the most part, has tried to keep the details of her dissolved relationship out of the spotlight.
Next: This nasty split left both parties cursing each other in the media …
8. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Things turned ugly quick when the Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s relationship ended. Heard filed for divorce amid allegations that Depp was physically abusive towards her, and she went so far as to request a restraining order. But that didn’t stop the two from contradicting each other’s stories to the public.
Next: This former model had no problem talking smack about her ex …
9. Heidi Klum and Seal
The supermodel and singer made an adorable couple — and hosted some killer Halloween parties too. But when they split, Klum quickly began airing out their dirty laundry. She blamed Seal’s bad temper and constant time away from home as just a couple of the reasons their 10-year marriage came to an end.
Next: Even worse than jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch …
10. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Actually, everything about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ relationship was a little too public for everyone’s taste. So maybe it was no surprise when their split and subsequent custody battle was splashed across the front pages of tabloids everywhere.
Next: This divorce caused a big bang in the tabloids …
11. Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting
Their marriage was brief, but the divorce and aftermath was a long, dragged out public bloodbath. In 2018, the Big Bang Theory star went on record to expose Sweeting as the reason the marriage failed. She told Cosmopolitan that Sweeting changed as a person during their relationship, and that she almost ruined the word “marriage” for her.
Next: There were many expletive-laden conversations in this breakup …
12. Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva
The Lethal Weapon actor had already been through an ugly money pit of a divorce with his first wife, Robyn. But that was nothing compared to the public firestorm that was his split from Oksana Grigorieva. In the midst of their turbulent breakup, audio emerged of Gibson being verbally abusive to his then-wife. He added insult to injury by continuing to trash her in the tabloids.
Next: This breakup was messy right from the start …
13. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
When you’re a reality show star, that probably means your relationships are going to get a lot of extra attention. Such was the case when Kardashian split from the basketball player, and she claimed she knew their marriage was over while on their honeymoon. Humphries publicly retorted and alleged that Kardashian had been cheating on him.
Next: Photographic evidence led to this couple’s demise …
14. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Twilight fans were heartbroken when these two went through a public meltdown. Stewart was caught red-handed cheating on Pattinson, with photos of her with another man becoming public. To make matters worse, Pattinson considered taking her back for a brief spell.
Next: Last but not least …
15. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Fans around were shocked when this prolific Hollywood couple called it quits. But what was even more shocking was how public their split became. While Jolie later said that her cancer diagnosis had put an irreversible strain on the marriage, it was initially reported that Pitt was an unfit father to the couple’s six children.
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