Friday 30 September 2016

5 of the most shocking celebrity divorces

Amy Mulvaney

Published 21/09/2016 | 13:55

Musician Sir Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills attends the Annual Adopt-A-Minefield Gala hosted by Paul McCartney at the Century Plaza Hotel on October 15, 2004 in Century City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Madonna and Guy Ritchie. Photo: PA
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise attend the 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' U.S. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 19, 2011 in New York City.
Gywneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

As news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce hits the headlines, we look back at five celebrity divorces we didn’t see coming.

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Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

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Beatles star Paul McCartney’s divorce from former model Heather Mills was one of the most explosive in showbiz history. The couple were married from 2002-2006, before their divorce was finalised in 2008. Their lavish wedding took place in Glaslough, Co. Monaghan. In several interviews Mills said the breakdown of their marriage was caused by McCartney’s daughter, Stella. Mills and McCartney had one daughter together, Beatrice Milly McCartney, and Mills left the marriage with a €31m settlement, which she reportedly spent in 22 months.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married for eight years before splitting in 2008. They had son Rocco together and adopted their second son, David Banda, during their marriage . It was ruled earlier this month that Rocco would live with his father, rather than Madonna.  The pop star reportedly paid Ritchie between €67 and €81 million, including the value of their London pub, the Punchbowl and their country home in their divorce.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

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TomKat got engaged in a whirlwind romance just eight weeks after they met, during which Cruise jumped on the couch during The Oprah Winfrey Show declaring his love for Holmes. Cruise and Holmes divorced to “protect Suri [their daughter] from Scientology [Cruise’s religion]” in 2012 after six years of marriage.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

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Paltrow announced that she was “consciously uncoupling” from the Coldplay frontman after 10 years of marriage on her lifestyle website Goop in 2014. The infamously private couple had two children together, Apple and Moses.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

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J Lo and Marc Anthony were married for seven years and had twins Max and Emme together before splitting in 2011. Lopez went on to tell People magazine that the divorce was the “biggest disappointment” of her life, but she knew it was the “right thing” to do.

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