The Most Scandalous and Heartbreaking Celebrity Breakups of 2017

Sometimes we can see a celebrity breakup coming a mile away, especially if we know the relationship is volatile. But sometimes the split catches us off guard and leaves us wondering how it could have happened. We’ve definitely seen some heartbreaking celebrity breakups in 2017.

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt at a movie premiere in 2016.

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt’s breakup shocked fans. | Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt had been married for over six years and together much longer when they announced their split in August. Both have admitted they’re disappointed and sad, and quite frankly, we are, too.

Next: This songstress split from her hubby three months after giving birth.

Janet Jackson and Wissam al Mana

Janet Jackson is sitting next to Wissam Al Mana and is looking at him.

Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana called it quits, but still keep in touch because of their daughter. | Michael Buckner/Getty Images

In April, Janet Jackson and Wissam al Mana announced their separation only three months after welcoming their first child together. They will share custody of little Eissa.

Next: This Hollywood starlet is going through her second divorce.

Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac

Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac pose on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac split after the birth of their daughter. | Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Scarlett Johansson and her French journalist husband announced their split in January. They were married in 2014, shortly after their daughter, Rose, was born. Johansson was previously married to Ryan Reynolds.

Next: No happy ending for this Hills star 

Audrina Patridge and Corey Bohan

The happy couple smiles on the red carpet.

Their split almost made us shed tears. | David Becker/Getty Images

After less than one year of marriage, Audrina Patridge and Corey Bohan are calling it quits.  The couple shares a daughter, Kirra, who turned one in June.

Next: The Trump tape effect?

Billy Bush and Sydney Davis

Billy Bush and Sydney Davis sit on a couch together.

Will they make their marriage work? | David Livingston/Getty Images

The former Access Hollywood star and his wife of over 20 years announced their split in September, a year after Bush made headlines for his role in a lewd conversation with Donald Trump from 2005. Although they have said they are separating, neither has filed for divorce.
Next: This dynamic duo seemed so solid.

Fergie and Josh Duhamel

Fergie and Josh Duhamel stand together at a fashion show.

The hot couple was ready to split and move on. | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Tom Ford

Considering this couple has been married for eight years and constantly praised each other to the press, the announcement of their split came as a shock. Although there are rumors that the couple had been leading separate lives for quite some time, the two both seem devastated that things didn’t work out.

Next: This former Spice girl’s marriage became bland.

Mel B and Stephen Belafonte

Stephen Belafonte and Melanie Brown pose for the paparazzi on a red carpet.

Stephen Belafonte and Melanie Brown deserve happiness with other people. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Earlier this year, Mel B and Stephen Belafonte announced their separation after almost a decade of marriage. Shortly after, she sought a restraining order against him, alleging he had been verbally and physically abusive throughout the marriage.

Next: Engaged by January, broken up by August.

Evan Rachel Wood and Zach Villa

Evan Rachel Wood and Zach Villa pose on a red carpet together.

They mixed business with pleasure, but it didn’t work out. |  Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Refinery29

Evan Rachel Wood called off her engagement to her bandmate, Zach Villa, in September. The two met in 2015 while performing together at an LA cabaret.

Next: This Dixie Chick flew the coop.

Natalie Maines and Adrian Pasdar

Adrian Pasdar and Natalie Maines smile while posing for photographers.

Adrian Pasdar and Natalie Maines’ split was very unexpected. | Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines split from her husband, Adrian Pasdar, in July. This was a big surprise since they’d been seemingly happily married since 2000 and share two sons.

Next: Still friends?

David Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman

David Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman sit together on a couch.

Unfortunately, this relationship didn’t work out. | Brian Ach/Getty Images

David Schwimmer and his artist wife, Zoe Buckman, announced that they were “on a break” in April. They wed in 2010 and share a daughter together.

Next: This NFL star fumbled his relationship with an A-list actress.

Aaron Rogers and Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers stand together in front of a pink wall.

Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers seemed like the perfect couple. | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Aaron Rogers and Olivia Munn dated for over three years, and things seemed serious … until they called it quits in April.

Next: This eight year partnership came to a close in January.

Jane Fonda and Richard Perry

 Richard Perry and Jane Fonda pose on a red carpet.

Richard Perry and Jane Fonda are going their separate ways. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

79-year-old Jane Fonda and her partner of nearly a decade, Richard Perry, announced their split in January. The couple had recently put their Beverly Hills home up for sale for $13 million.

Next: Other tragic breakups.


Other tragic celebrity breakups throughout history

The Doctor stands in the rain.

Why have you forsaken us? | Giphy

Remember when Amy Poehler and Will Arnett announced their divorce? How about when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner parted ways? Gwen Stefani’s split from Gavin Rossdale shocked the world since they had managed to stay married for so many years. And we’ll certainly never forget the explosive Brangelina breakup.

Next: This couple gives us hope.

There’s still hope

Will Smith shows of his wife Jada Pinkett.

There’s still hope for your favorite celeb couples! | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Feeling defeated? Don’t worry, there are still plenty of celebrity relationships that have stood the test of time. We’re looking at you, Goldie and Kurt and Will and Jada.

Next: Why all this matters.

Why it matters to us

Lauren Conrad sits down and waves her hands in shock.

This is serious business. | Giphy

Why do we care when celebrities break up, anyway? After all, it’s not like we know them. But according to some psychologists, it’s not unusual to feel heartsick when our favorite famous couples split. According to to Lindsay Henderson, PsyD, it’s our desire to be like our favorite celebrities, or at least our admiration for them, that causes this.

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