While they may seem like picture perfect entities who never have a hair out of place and never have a single thing wrong in their lives, at the end of the day, celebrities are human just like the rest of us – and they go through human dramas like falling in love and breaking up. The only difference is, when a celebrity experiences an awful breakup, it’s likely to be splashed across the pages of every tabloid and gossip website out there. The world is fascinated by the private lives of celebrities, and they want to know every little detail.
You would think that celebrities would realize that leaking things and starting up public drama would hurt both of them, since it airs everyone’s dirty laundry, but you’d be surprised at how much they forget all about that kind of stuff in the heat of the moment. Either they’ve just discovered something about their partner or they’ve just been dumped, and they decide to take to just take their partner down – even if it may reflect poorly on themselves as well.
Sometimes, it’s a question of reporters leaking the private details of a court case or discovering something they never thought the public would see. Other times, it’s simply the star hitting social media to voice their anger. Either way, if you thought celebs always just broke up amicably – you need to check out these 15 celeb couples who experienced the worst breakup drama.
15. Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna
Both Rob and Blac Chyna have had their share of high profile relationship drama – after all, he’s the lone boy in the Kardashian clan, and she’s dated some pretty high profile guys over the years. They’ve been involved in petty fights with exes and have confessed stuff to the tabloids, but nothing has been quite as bad as their current drama. In case you missed what’s been going on over the past few days, the duo broke up – and did so very, very messily and publicly. Blac Chyna threw domestic abuse accusations Rob’s way. Rob leaked some intimate photos of Blac Chyna, something that may very well actually be a criminal offense. They’ve both brought their daughter into the mix (at least verbally) by claiming the other was an unfit parent. It’s just a whole big mess. However, given how public they’ve been about their relationship every step of the way, is it any surprise that it would end with a bang like this?
14. Big Sean and Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera shot to stardom playing the sultry Santana on the hit television show Glee, and somewhere along the line, she started dating rapper Big Sean. The two eventually got engaged and seemed like the perfect couple. Then, the drama hit the fan. Naya dished in her recent memoir, Sorry Not Sorry, spilling that her ex-fiance ended their relationship on the internet (yikes!) after cheating with pop starlet Ariana Grande. She also later claimed that the rapper had stolen Rolexes from her house, which is a pretty wild accusation, particularly because he likely could have bought himself whatever he wanted – any theft would have been out of sheer pettiness. Big Sean wasn’t about to just take it quietly – he released the track “I Don’t F*(k With You” in response, which everyone has speculated is about Naya. She tried to shake off the drama by quickly getting married to another man, Ryan Dorsey, and having a baby. Hopefully her life is far happier and more drama free now!
13. Katy Perry and Russell Brand
When their relationship started, everyone thought Katy Perry and Russell Brand were a bit of an odd couple. After all, he was a brash comedian and she was a candy sweet pop starlet – they just didn’t seem to go together. However, they quickly tied the knot and seemed to be in paradise. That is, until they weren’t. Apparently, Brand decided he wanted a divorce after a little over a year of marriage, and let his wife know via text message. Yikes! The two haven’t spoken to one another since then, which is crazy enough on its own, but they also haven’t stayed silent about the breakup. Brand dished in the documentary Brand: A Second Coming, saying that his life with Perry was one of “vapid, vacuous celebrity,” while Perry shared in Vogue that he “didn’t like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour” and was basically uncomfortable that she was as successful (if not more so) than he was.
12. Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran
Okay, seriously – after all the drama with Rihanna went public, you would think that women would stay far, far away from rapper Chris Brown. However, a while back, starlet Karrueche Tran began dating the rapper, and things seemed to be going well. They were happy, posting selfies and sharing their relationship in public, and then it all unravelled. TMZ spilled the details that Brown had a baby with model Nia Guzman, which he hid from his partner. Can you imagine? Not only did she find out her boyfriend, who she thought was committed to her and her alone, was cheating, but that he had brought a baby into the world as a result of that cheating and hidden it all? She broke up with him via Twitter and the rest is history – frankly, given what he’s done, Brown deserved a lot worse and Tran almost took the high road in that situation.
11. Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
Honestly, we can’t really imagine what on earth Denise Richards saw in Charlie Sheen initially, but the fact is, their relationship was strong enough that the duo actually got married and were husband and wife for about five years. However, there was trouble in paradise all along, it seems, and when she was six months pregnant Richards decided she had had enough of his drug abuse, anger issues, and gambling issues, and filed for divorce from the actor. There was a crazy custody battle over their daughters, which ended up in Richards actually getting a restraining order against her former husband, and years later (like, almost ten years later), Sheen let loose and did everything from insulting Richards’ skills as a mother to calling her a terrorist. Seriously – you wouldn’t think drama would stretch across a decade, but in this case, it has – and who knows if Sheen will start it up again.
10. Robin Thicke and Paula Patton
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton were high school sweethearts and had been married for nearly a decade (which is astounding in Hollywood) before their drama started up. In 2014, the starlet separated from her musician husband, and she took the high road by not really spilling the reason why. Given his behaviour and some of the things the press leaked, many assume it was because Thicke had been cheating, but Patton didn’t drag his name through the mud. However, Thicke wasn’t about to go out quietly. He released personal songs, he named his 2014 album after her, he dedicated songs to her at awards shows after they had been separated, and basically just spent a few months publicly embarrassing himself trying to win her back. It didn’t work, and even Thicke has since admitted his actions were cringe-worthy. Honestly, it’s almost impressive for a breakup drama to be this one sided – Patton just wanted out of the relationship, ASAP, and Thicke was trying to do anything possible to repair things.
9. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
When Johnny Depp and Amber Heard tied the knot in 2015, the world was a little stunned, but people eventually got used to the pairing because they kind of worked. They were both a little quirky and unusual in their own way, and seemed to make one another happy. And, they’ve been pretty low drama about previous relationships, so no one expected things would go so sour when the relationship went south. Their split was accompanied by Heard requesting a restraining order, accusing Depp of both verbally and physically abusing her. A story was leaked about how Depp injured himself in a fit of rage and wrote “Billy Bob” and “Easy Amber” on the wall in paint (he was accusing her of cheating). Heard leaked a cell phone video of a drunk and aggressive Depp. It was just a whole situation. The two have since split and settled their divorce, but honestly – who would have thought a 15 month marriage could end in so much drama?
8. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
Many celebrity wives and girlfriends have to deal with the scandal of their partner cheating on them with one individual, but Elin Nordegren had the unique experience of watching as woman after woman came out of the woodwork claiming that Tiger had been unfaithful with them. The situation started with Nordegren allegedly finding some texts between her then husband and some random nightclub hostess, and going nuts smashing the windows of his Escalade with a golf club (although some sources try to claim that she was helping him get out of the car after he accidentally crashed it). Then, all the women started speaking up about how they were cheating with Tiger. It ended with a big divorce settlement and Nordegren getting the children, but at the time it was a massive drama. There have been breakup dramas involving NFL stars and NBA stars and other professional athletes, but who ever thought one would start up with a golfer?
7. Calvin Harris and Rita Ora
Calvin Harris doesn’t seem to be the best guy to date, based on how he breaks up with women. Most people know about his high profile relationship with pop starlet Taylor Swift – after all, everyone knows about all of Swift’s relationships, given that she usually writes songs about them and is quite vocal about her love drama. However, Harris also dated another pop starlet, British bombshell Rita Ora. When he had had enough of that relationship, he broke up with her on Twitter – which is humiliating enough. Then, he decided to amp up the drama level by banning Ora from performing a song they had written together at the Teen Choice Awards. It’s basically the dictionary definition of pettiness. Harris better be careful because soon enough no starlet is going to want to date him and risk being embarrassed on social media when he decides it’s time to split.
6. Mary-Louise Parker and Billy Crudup
Years and years ago, Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker was in a long term relationship with actor Billy Crudup. The two had been together for about six years, and decided to have a baby – so Parker found herself pregnant with their first child, ready to start the next stage of their lives together. The only problem was, Crudup met someone else. Blonde actress Claire Danes caught his eye, and he left Parker for her – while Parker was seven months pregnant! There are many stories of celebs deciding they aren’t meant for one another after they’ve had children, but there aren’t too many cases where a celebrity decides to up and leave their partner only a month or two before they’re about to have a baby. That’s pretty cold! To her credit, while Parker confesses that it was a really scary and tough time for her, she didn’t retaliate by badmouthing him to the press – and oh, she definitely could have gotten some sympathy.
5. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
When Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson got together, the world lost their minds – particularly the teen and tween demographic that were such fans of the Twilight franchise they were the leads in. Both of them are fairly aloof, silent types, so they didn’t really spill many details about their relationship to the press – they just were spotted together enough, and released one or two comments from their publicists, to confirm that they were an item. That is, until Kristen Stewart was caught cheating very publicly. Photos surfaced of the actress getting cozy with Rupert Sanders, the director on a film she was starring in. The situation was made even messier by the fact that not only was Kristen Stewart in a very public relationship with Pattinson, Sanders was actually married! Pattinson and Stewart had an on-again, off-again thing for a while, but eventually decided they just couldn’t make it work.
4. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
When Brad Pitt and his former partner Jennifer Aniston broke up, the world was devastated – after all, they were Hollywood’s golden couple. The fact that he very quickly got together with Angelina Jolie led many to speculate that he had been cheating before ending his marriage, and that she was the entire reason he ended it with Jen. Most people thought Pitt would never be in another big relationship drama – after all, he was with Angelina, and the duo had a huge brood of children together. Well, after over a decade together, the two decided to call it quits – and when Jolie put forth a request for custody of their children, things got nasty. Though he’s since been cleared, Pitt actually got investigated by child protective services because of a claim he had been behaving abusively towards his son during a flight the family was on. Jolie is no stranger to relationship drama (this is the woman who wore a vial of blood around her neck, after all), but the whole situation was just messy and ugly.
3. Dylan Sprouse and his ex
Former child star Dylan Sprouse (who acted alongside his brother Cole Sprouse in many roles) made headlines a few years ago when nude photos of his chiseled physique were leaked. However, in this case, it wasn’t a hacker at work – it was a disgruntled ex girlfriend. Apparently, after Sprouse and his ex split, she decided to stir up some drama by going to the press with some information (such as the fact that Sprouse was working as a waiter) as well as a few X-rated photos. Sprouse seemed to realize very quickly that there wasn’t a lot he could do, and simply remedied the situation by being mature and having a bit of a sense of humour about it all. His ex has long been forgotten, so we’re not sure what she thought her machinations would achieve, but the public still loves the Sprouse boys and they’ve forgotten all about who they used to date.
2. Kelly Rutherford and Daniel Giersch
You may have thought Kelly Rutherford had to deal with her share of drama on the set of Gossip Girl, given the amount of crazy things that went on in the script of that show, but it turns out that the scripts paled to the drama going on in her actual life – an international, no holds barred custody battle. Rutherford filed for divorce back in 2012, while she was pregnant with the couple’s second child – that’s a messy enough breakup to begin with. Then, the custody battle kicked off. And it wasn’t as if the two were deciding between which Manhattan apartment their children would be in every weekend – Giersch was living in Monaco, and wanted the children to spend all their time there. Rutherford took to the press with desperate pleas, trying to get her children back, but in the end Giersch was granted full custody and Rutherford’s children were taken to live in Monaco. What a nightmare!
1. Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson
Nowadays, these two are on good terms – but when they were breaking up (twice) it was a whole different story. Four days after meeting, the two decided to tie the knot and had two children together. They split in 1998, got back together in 2001, and then split again. In the meantime, they dealt with everything from an intimate tape being released to Anderson claiming that Lee had given her Hepatitis C, thanks to sharing tattoo needles. Anderson also accused Lee of physically hurting her while she was breastfeeding their child. The two have certainly settled down now, and have very little drama in their personal lives, but back in the day they were a hugely public couple that didn’t shy away from the tabloids at all. In fact, they’re kind of lucky that they were at their height in the late ‘90s – if they had been a huge deal today, we shudder to see what that breakup would have been like, splashed across social media.
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