Wednesday 18 July 2018

Dumped via text, lovechilds, and locked out of their mansion: 10 most memorable celebrity breakups

Rory McIlroy with Caroline Wozniacki

Holly Shortall

2015 is fast becoming known as ‘The Year That Love Died’– we’ve had Scott and Kourtney, and Jennifer and Ben.

This week alone, we had Gwen and Gavin announce their divorce and Zayn and Perrie call quits on their engagement, on the same say! Sob.

While most celeb divorces and breakups appear amicable on the outside, there will always be a few so outrageous that not even a team of good PR’s can cover up what really happened – even popstars get dumped via text message so we decided take a look back at some of the worst breakups in showbiz history.


Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki (2014)

Rory McIlroy with Caroline Wozniacki

When these two got together, it was a match made in sporting heaven. Together since 2011, they announced their engagement on Twitter on New Year's Day, 2014.

However, just five months later, and only days after the wedding invites were sent, it was announced that McIlroy had ended the engagement with him stating: "The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails. I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had.”

The worst part? He did it over the phone in a reported three minute call.


Minnie Driver and Matt Damon (1997)


British actress Minnie was under the impression she was in the midst of a blossoming relationship with A-lister Matt, until she tuned in to watch his interview with Oprah Winfrey. Completely going against his ‘Hollywood nice guy’ persona, the Oscar-winner announced that he'd had enough of his Good Willing Hunting co-star Minnie live on one of the most watched shows in the America. At the time,  Minnie described Matt's move as "fantastically inappropriate" and we would have to agree with her.


Katy Perry and Russell Brand (2011)


When Katy and Russell became engaged in 2009 after just a few months of dating, we weren't the only ones skeptical as to how long their union would last. So it came as little surprise when the notorious playboy and popstar announced they were getting divorced just 14 months later.

Little detail was given at the time, but it wasn’t long until Katy was dishing to Vogue that Brand was “a very smart man, a magical man and I was in love with him when I married him. Let's just say I haven't heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me."  Ouch.


Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver (2011)


Arnold Schwarzenegger wed television journalist Maria Shriver in 1986. During their marriage, they had four children and were long  considered to have one of the most rock solid marriages in Hollywood. When they announced they were divorcing in 2011, it sent shockwaves through both the showbiz and political worlds.

One week later, it was revealed that Arnie had fathered a love child with the family's live-in maid 14 years earlier. Speaking a few years later, Schwarzenegger said he "wanted" for years to believe that the boy, who was born in 1997, was not his. But as he grew up the physical resemblance became so strong he “realised there was little doubt that he was my son." Jaysis.


Jennifer Love Hewitt and Carson Daly (1998)


These Hollywood veterans dated from 1997 to 1998, with Jennifer reportedly breaking up with him via her publicist. The former MTV host Daly first heard about it on the radio rather than from the actress herself, which was probably all the more crushing as he had just gotten a tattoo of her name. Eek.

He spoke about the relationship in the years following, and said of the split: "I woke up to Howard Stern telling me my relationship was over, then I heard the presenter on E! News say, 'Just off the Associated Press: Jennifer Love Hewitt and Carson Daly have officially broken up.”


Ellen Barkin and Ron Perelman (2006)


Billionare businessman and Revlon tycoon Ron met his fourth wife, actress Ellen Barkin, at a Vanity Fair Oscar after-party in 1999, wooing her with the charming line ‘so are you married or single or what?’. The two wed in June 2000 after just a year of dating.

Their relationship was often described as tumultuous, but even Ellen herself was blindsided when her husband of five years served her with divorce papers and had armed security guards supervise her as she removed her possessions from their town house. Oh, and then he locked her out.

It has been widely reported that Barkin was awarded $20 million in the divorce and further angered her ex by selling a $20million collection of diamond jewellery he had gifted her with over the course of their relationship, including her engagement ring.


Adam Levine and Anne V (2012)


Modeliser and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine had been dating Victoria's Secret Angel Anne V for two years, with a proposal next on his agenda before he was blindsided by their split. Which he learned about via press release.

"Adam and I have decided to separate in an amicable and supportive manner. We still love and respect each other as friends. I wish him all the best," the Russian supermodel said in a statement. Insiders in his camp later described it as a "cheap shot" as he "wasn't fully sure they were broken up" at that stage.


Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries (2011)


When the thrice-married reality star and her football star beau tied the knot in 2011, fans of both thought they had finally found their "happily ever after". They exchanged vows in in an extravagant ceremony worth millions. But, a mere 72 days later, the fairytale ended and Kim announced she was filling for divorce, citing the usual ‘irreconcilable differences’.

A massive media witch-hunt began, with both fans and naysayers demanding to know if the wedding was just a publicity stunt. The nasty divorce battle that ensued put a stop to those rumours, with a defiant Humphries holding up proceedings to such an extent that Kim actually gave birth to her baby, North, fathered by Kanye West, while still legally married to Kris.


Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman (2001)


These Hollywood sweethearts were the envy of many during their 10 year marriage, seemingly having it all. They boasted two A-list movie careers and a combined net worth of over $400m, not to mention their two children Connor and Isabella.  But it all came crashing down in February 2001 when Tom abruptly filed for divorce, blindsiding Nicole. One of the most powerful men in Tinseltown, he immediately saddled Nicole with blame, implying several times that she had done something wrong.

When people asked why they were getting divorced, he would say, “Ask Nicole. She knows.” Things got real shady when it was discovered that to avoid the equal split of assets that California law mandates after 10 years of marriage, Tom claimed that they’d been married for nine years and 11 months.


Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb (2014)


Modern Family star Sofia and wealthy businessman Nick began their romance in 2010, attending many glittery showbiz parties arm in arm, so it surprised no one when they announced their engagement in July 2012. Rumours of Nick's controlling behaviour began to swirl and two years later, the relationship ended.

A few weeks later, Sofia began dating Magic Mike actor Joe Manganiello, her relationship with Nick a distant memory. However, the exes hit the headlines in May of this year when it was reported that they were in dispute regarding the future of two embryos they had frozen while they were together, with Nick demanding he be allowed go ahead and have their child, without her. This dispute is ongoing, with many considering this to be Nick's way of trying to get back with the Colombian beauty.

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