The Worst Celebrity Couples of All Time

In some ways, celebrities are just like the rest of us. But living in the public eye isn’t easy, especially when it comes to love. From domestic violence to infidelity rumors, these are the most volatile celebrity relationships in history. One iconic duo was named the worst celebrity couple of all time (on page 9) — do you agree?

1. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise fascinated the public. | Torsten BlackwoodAFP/Getty Images

  • Together: married 11 years
  • Relationship downfall: religious differences (allegedly)

In 1990, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman met on the Days of Thunder set and married that year. They adopted two children as Kidman’s career grew. But Cruise’s commitment to Scientology allegedly drove a wedge between them. According to divorce papers, he abruptly left Kidman and received full custody of the children. The media still speculates the true reasons for the split, but it devastated fans nonetheless.

Next: This bizarre wedding shocked everyone.

2. Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger's wedding photo

Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger wed on the island of St. John. | Nicki Swift via Youtube

  • Together: married four months
  • Relationship downfall: “fraud”

Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney wed in May 2005 after meeting in January 2005. They annulled the wedding four months later, citing “fraud.” Many called the sudden romance bizarre as the actress and Chesney seemed to lack compatibility. The cause for divorce, “fraud,” caused speculation about the country star’s sexual orientation; neither he nor Zellweger responded to rumors for years. Chesney later said, “The only fraud that was committed was me thinking I knew what it was like… to be married, and I really didn’t.”

Next: This icon struggled throughout her high-profile wedding.

3. Madonna and Sean Penn

Musician Madonna and Sean Penn attend a media event.

Musician Madonna and Sean Penn attend a media event. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for J/P HRO

  • Together: married for four-plus years
  • Relationship downfall: alleged abuse

Madonna and Sean Penn seemed like the ultimate ’80s couple, but it wasn’t a match made in heaven. Penn was reportedly very abusive, beating Madonna with a baseball bat and tying her to a chair and beating her. He even threatened to shave her head and once chased her out of a hotel room. Thankfully, she divorced him.

Next: This couple’s age difference freaked everyone out.

4. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore attend an award show together. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

  • Together: married eight years
  • Relationship downfall: age difference

It’s not the biggest age difference in Hollywood, but 16 years between 25-year-old Ashton Kutcher and 41-year-old Demi Moore still freaked out many. Three years after Moore’s divorce from Bruce Willis, she met Kutcher at a dinner and they dated for two years before marrying. At first, Moore’s children were weirded out by his young age as well as the couple’s intense demonstrations of love on social media. Moore and Kutcher overshared everything — until they divorced in 2013.

Next: Sex tape scandal aside, these two say they didn’t take enough time to build a foundation. 

5. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee

Actress Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee leave a Las Vegas event.

Actress Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee leave a Las Vegas event. | Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

  • Together: Married for four years
  • Relationship downfall: fighting

This wild and crazy couple made headlines for getting married four days after their first date. Although they were married for three years and have two children together, things were always rocky. Pamela Anderson filed for divorce twice before they split for good in 1998. She’s since called Tommy Lee the “love of her life.” They are apparently on good terms now.

Next: This couple was never “winning.”

6. Denise Richard and Charlie Sheen

Denise Richard and Charlie Sheen walk with their daughter in a crowded stadium.

They might have patched things up for their daughter. | Elsa/Getty Images

  • Together: married for 4.5 years
  • Relationship downfall: abuse

Nearly every woman Charlie Sheen has been with accused him of being abusive, and ex-wife Denise Richards is no exception. The two went through a nasty public divorce in 2016 (after a seemingly happy marriage) while Richards was pregnant with their second daughter. They’ve had many ups and downs as co-parents since, but these days, they seem to be on good terms.

Next: This cheating husband definitely has a type.

7. Sandra Bullock and Jesse James

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James laugh together at an awards ceremony. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

  • Together: married for five years
  • Relationship downfall: cheating

Jesse James publicly came clean after several (interesting) women claimed they’d slept with him during his five-year marriage to Sandra Bullock. He checked into sex rehab to deal with issues and salvage his marriage but the Oscar-winning actress filed for divorce shortly after. Bullock went on to start her family, adopting two children on her own (including the one she and James planned to adopt together).

Next: Reality shows are toxic for relationships.

8. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey

Jessica Simpson and husband Nick Lachey arrive at the ESPY Awards.

Actress Jessica Simpson and husband Nick Lachey attend an awards show. | Mark Mainz/Getty Images

  • Together: married three years
  • Relationship downfall: constant bickering

In 1998, the all-American couple met at a parade. Four years later, Nick Lachey proposed to Jessica Simpson in Hawaii; the former 98 Degrees band member and pop star married eight months later. Simpson and Lachey took their fame to new heights with an MTV reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. But what was most apparent on the show was their squabbling. After three years together (and three seasons of their show) the couple called it quits.

Next: This iconic duo was named the worst celeb couple of all time.

9. Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez watch a Lakers game.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez watch a Lakers game. | Harry How/Getty Images

  • Together: dated for six-plus years
  • Relationship downfall: gossip and lifestyle choices

At first, this romance seemed perfect: two young pop stars (16 and 18) falling head over heels in love. But their six-year, on-again-off-again courtship included cheating allegations, a trip to rehab, a fake fan pregnancy, and other troubles. They supposedly split for good in 2017, but with these two, you never know.Many media outlets and journalists dub them the worst couple of all time, but after reviewing the rest of this list, we aren’t so sure.

Next: This couple aired all the dirty laundry during the divorce.

10. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp pose together

Actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Art of Elysium

  • Together: married for one year
  • Relationship downfall: abuse allegations

An on-screen partnership between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard on the set of The Rum Diary spiraled into a marriage, abusive fights, and a divorce. The pair began dating in 2012 after Depp left his long-time partner Vanessa Paradis. In court documents, Heard claimed Depp grabbed her by the hair and “violently shoved [her] to the floor” during an April 2016 party. She also said Depp later hit her in the face with a cellphone, pulled her hair, and violently grabbed her face. The pair finalized their divorce in January 2017.

Next: Once a cheater, always a cheater?

11. Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott

The McDermott/Spelling family

Dean, Tori, and their five children | Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

  • Together: married 12 years
  • Relationship downfall: cheating

Both married to others at the time, this couple began an affair while filming TV movie Mind Over Murder. One month after Spelling’s divorce was finalized, she and McDermott wed in Fiji. Since then, they’ve had five children and a lot of ups and downs on their numerous reality shows. McDermott confessed to cheating on Spelling in 2014, but the couple mended things. Since then, the drama since has involved financial trouble, a hospitalization, and a 911 call regarding Spelling’s mental health.

Next: People followed all the media coverage of this troubled couple.

12. O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson

Photos of O.J Simpsons and Nicole Brown Simpson.

Left: O.J Simpson in court | Pool/Getty Images, Right: Nicole Brown Simpson | Stringer/Getty Images

  • Together: married nearly eight years
  • Relationship downfall: divorce and an alleged murder

In what may be the most famous abusive relationship in history, O.J. Simpson was tried for murder after he allegedly stabbed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, to death outside her home. He was acquitted of the murder, but many Americans believe he committed the crime. He spent nine years in prison for unrelated charges and was released in October 2017.

Next: This high-profile relationship did not end quietly.

13. Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson

Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan

DJ Samantha Ronson and actress Lindsay Lohan attend the Charlotte Ronson Spring 2009 fashion show. | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG

  • Together: dated three years
  • Relationship downfall: toxic lifestyles

What began as a friendship between DJ Samantha Ronson and actress Lindsay Lohan evolved into the latter’s first same-sex relationship. That was the first — but not the last — headline of their three-year relationship.

Described as a “toxic” situation, the couple struggled with the party lifestyle, which included lots of drugs and alcohol. At the time, Lohan had been “arrested six times, checked in to rehab five times, been jailed and completed 536 hours of community service,” according to the Daily Mail.

Lohan and Ronson’s breakup, in 2009, did not happen quietly. It involved public fights, bodyguards, embarrassing tweets, cheating accusations, and threats of a restraining order.

Next: Actual blood bonded this odd couple.

14. Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton attend the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

  • Together: married for three years
  • Relationship downfall: lack of children

This strange three-year marriage allegedly fell apart due to Billy Bob Thornton’s insecurities over Angelina Jolie’s public persona as well as her desire to have kids. However, the public knew them more for their weird behaviors including wearing vials of each other’s blood around their necks, getting matching tattoos, and purchasing side-by-side funeral plots.

Next: This talk-show queen has forgiven her rock star husband for the unforgivable … a lot. 

15. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne (L) and Sharon Osbourne holding microphone

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne cuddle. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

  • Together: married for 35 years
  • Relationship downfall: cheating, abuse

This duo has seemingly been through it all — infidelity, drug use, even physical assault (Ozzy admitted to knocking Sharon’s tooth out). They called it quits in 2015 after Ozzy reportedly had yet another affair, but reunited in 2016 after Sharon decided to forgive.

Next: This notoriously bad-tempered actor got caught berating his girlfriend on tape. 

16. Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva

Oksana and Mel stand next to each other while answering interview questions.

Their disputes led to legal actions. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

  • Together: dated about three years
  • Relationship downfall: abuse

Mel Gibson began dating singer-songwriter Oksana Grigorieva shortly after his marriage ended in 2009. During their brief time together, they had a daughter, but Grigorieva left Gibson after claiming he punched her in the face multiple times. During a court custody battle, lawyers released tapes of a phone call where Gibson berated and threatened Grigorieva.

Next: This infamous couple spent 16 years together before calling it quits.

17. Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston

Jack smokes a cigarette and walks with Anjelica Huston at his side.

A romance that didn’t end happily. | Stringer/Getty Images

  • Together: dated for 16 years
  • Relationship downfall: lifestyle choices and fighting

This couple had an on-again-off-again relationship for 16 years. During this time, Anjelica Huston apparently begged Jack Nicholson to start a family with her, but he refused. In 1989, Nicholson got another woman pregnant. Huston responded by busting onto Nicholson’s movie set and beating him up.

Next: Some believe this rocker had her husband murdered. 

18. Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain

A collage showing Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain side by side.

Left: Courtney Love at a fashion show in 2017 | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, Right: Kurt Cobain holding his guitar | Getty Images

  • Together: married two years
  • Relationship downfall: toxic lifestyles

Apparently many people opposed Kurt Cobain’s union with Courtney Love, and although they were married at the time of the Nirvana band members’ death, it wasn’t always amicable. The union was rife with drug abuse and fights. Some fans even believe Cobain was murdered and Love was involved.

Next: These Hollywood icons tied the knot twice. 

19. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton film Cleopatra.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton film Cleopatra. | Source: Walter Wanger

  • Together: married for 11 years (total)
  • Relationship downfall: lifestyle choices

Elizabeth Taylor married eight times, but Richard Burton is the only one she married twice. The two met on the set of Cleopatra in 1963, and the fact that they were both married didn’t stop them from falling in love. They left their spouses and married in 1964.

Taylor and Burton’s volatile relationship always kept them in the headlines. They divorced in 1974, remarried in 1975, and split again one year later.

Next: These famous musicians made beautiful music together onstage. 

20. Ike and Tina Turner

Ike and Tina Turner stand in front of a window and smile.

Their romance was not what it seemed. | Len Trievnor/iStock/Getty Images

  • Together: married for 16 years
  • Relationship downfall: abuse

Ike and Tina Turner made beautiful music together, but their relationship was extremely tumultuous. Tina described it as plagued by both physical and emotional abuse, which Ike never denied. She finally left him in 1978 after almost two decades together.

Additional reporting by Ali Harrison.