Let’s admit it, we are obsessed over celebrity breakups. When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced that following twelve years together, two years of marriage and six children later they were divorcing – the world went into a strange place of mourning. If that wasn’t true love then what is?
So why do we become so attached to these celebrities and their breakups? According to James Houran, a psychologist, and expert on celebrity culture, he told Chicago Tribune, “These people are successful, and from the point of view of evolutionary psychology, the general population tries to copy the people (who) are most successful in an attempt to be successful themselves.” He added, “When something happens to a celebrity, it can either depress or motivate us.”
The other moving thing is we have seen these couples get together, publicly announce the relationship (always better with a romantic Instagram than a matter-of-fact public statement), plan their weddings, then – out the blue it’s all over. The worst thing about knowing a celebrity got dumped is that we have all been there and can feel their pain. Here we take a walk down heartbreak lane and remember the best of times and worst of times before these celebs were dumped for good.
The worst thing about knowing a celebrity got dumped is that we have all been there and can feel their pain. Here we take a walk down heartbreak lane and remember the best of times and worst of times, right before these celebs were dumped for good.
16. Emma Roberts (dumped by Evan Peters)
In 2015, American Horror Story co-stars Emma Roberts and Evan Peters made headlines following a violent brawl at a hotel in Montreal. When officers arrived at the scene, Peters had such obvious physical injuries that Roberts was taken into custody. She was later released without charge but, as the above photo of the couple leaving the hotel makes clear, Peters had had enough. A spokesperson for Roberts told Entertainment Tonight, “It was an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding.”
Everything turned out okay in the end as the pair rekindled their romance and since late last year have been engaged. Clearly, the domestic abuse incident has been brushed aside as now Peters’ Instagram is full of love for his fiancee, including a Valentines Day post that was captured: “I love you boobie.”
15. Jennifer Aniston (dumped by Brad Pitt)
In 2004, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt celebrated four years of marriage with a trip to Anguilla. The couple was snapped looking loved-up, embracing each other wherever they went and undeniably in love. Then things took a dramatic turn, as Pitt starred opposite Angelina Jolie in the blockbuster hit Mr. and Mrs. Smith and the rest is showbiz history.
It was the celebrity split nobody saw coming – except for Pitt himself, apparently. The Fight Club actor told Esquire magazine, “For a long time, I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing. I spent years f***ing off.”
According to his former makeup artist, it wasn’t until he met Angie that he became truly “inspired.” Jean Black, who has worked with Pitt since the early 90s, revealed to the magazine, “In Angie, he saw a very adventurous person who was grabbing onto life. It was intriguing as I felt Brad had that in him and wanted to unleash it.” Looks like poor, boring Aniston got the boot and wildcard Jolie snared herself a third husband.
14. Blac Chyna (dumped by Tyga)
Blac Chyna had it all – she was engaged to rapper Tyga, they had a gorgeous newborn son together King Cairo, her best friend was Kim Kardashian, and her business Lashed was on the way up. The above photo was their last public outing together at Kim and Kanye’s wedding in May 2014 during happier times. Then months later, after three years together, Tyga walked out of the relationship and straight into the arms of then 17-year-old Kylie Jenner. Kim also blocked Chyna out of her life and she was basically on her own.
Those who followed Blac Chyna, Tyga and Kylie Jenner on their social media accounts witnessed two years of serious shade throwing. They tried to out game each other with constant posts of luxury cars, Chyna mocked Kylie’s lips and Kylie fought back with intimate shots of her and Tyga. Nowadays, especially as Chyna has a newborn daughter with Kylie’s half-brother Rob Kardashian (don’t ask – that’s a different story) things appear a bit more chill between the three – or at least for now.
13. Amber Rose (dumped by Kanye West)
It appears that man-stealing is something that runs in the Kardashian-Jenner family. Pre-Kim Kardashian, rapper Kanye West was head over heels in love with former stripper Amber Rose. He chased her down and wooed her until she finally gave in. Then history repeated itself and Kanye became obsessed with Kim and chased her down whilst he was still dating Amber.
Rose later branded Kim a “homewrecker” and she told The Post, “He can’t be faithful, and it’s not just with one person. He’s just unfaithful with a lot of different women. I got to the point where I thought, my heart can’t take it anymore. I don’t deserve this. I don’t care when people say that I owe him my life because I’m famous now. I don’t owe him nothing.” Let’s hope Kim knows what she’s doing because Kanye clearly is the master of appearing happy when he’s ready to jump ship at anytime.
12. Katy Perry (dumped by Russell Brand)
Katy Perry was left heartbroken when her husband of two years Russell Brand dumped her through text. She told The Daily Telegraph that they are no longer on speaking terms, revealing, “He hasn’t spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce.” Above was their last public outing together at the MTV Awards before Katy jetted off for her sellout Part of Me world tour.
During his new documentary, he labeled Perry’s lifestyle: “Vapid, vacuous, plastic, constructed, mindless celebrity.” A source told Grazia magazine, “It hurts like hell for Katy to re-live her painful marriage like this. She feels vulnerable and embarrassed.” Five years later, Perry has since dated John Mayer and Orlando Bloom, and Brand welcomed his first daughter last year with a long-term girlfriend, Laura Gallacher.
11. Perrie Edwards (dumped by Zayn Malik)
One Direction’s Zayn Malik and Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards were once named “a match made in heaven” when they first met on the set of the British version of the X Factor. They started dating in 2012 and Zayn shocked a lot of his fans when he appeared with a picture of Perrie tattooed on his arm. By 2014, the pair had planned an extravagant wedding at Disneyland and this last photo of them together was in Paris as they went to scope out the venue.
In 2015, Zayn called off the engagement via text, he then started dating model Gigi Hadid just three months later and the pair were not subtle about it – posting couple selfies on Instagram at every opportunity. In Little Mix’s band biography Our World, Perrie wrote, “It was horrible, the worst time in my life. A four-year relationship, two-year engagement ended by a simple text message. It was incredibly difficult for me.”
10. Jude Law (dumped by Sienna Miller)
In 2005, there was quite the celebrity love triangle taking place between Jude Law, Sienna Miller, and Daniel Craig. Law and Miller were engaged when he discovered via a British tabloid that she had been spending nights with Craig behind his back. What made matters even worse was that Law and Craig had been close friends after they co-starred in Road To Perdition together. The above photo is the three of them bumping into each other in London – Law seemingly unaware his friend and fiancee were sleeping together.
The tabloid had hacked Miller’s voicemail (something she was later financially compensated for) and they heard the voicemails she left the James Bond star. Law was left heartbroken and a source told The Daily Mail, “All I can say is that’s he’s gone through a rough time. These things are hard – it’s awful. The good thing is that he’s busy. He’ll keep on working.”
9. Lindsay Lohan (dumped by Russian billionaire boyfriend)
Lindsay Lohan is well-known for her rocky love life but when the above images emerged of her fighting on a beach with Russian boyfriend, Egor Tarabasov, the world was shocked. Filmed by an onlooker in Mykonos, Greece, the couple were enjoying a romantic holiday together when things took a turn for the worst.
An argument can be heard from their car, then a phone (apparently hauled by Lohan out the window) flies across the beach. They both rush to reach the phone and Lohan’s arm is pulled behind as he tries to restrain her. It was yet another heartbreaking moment for Lohan who just can’t seem to break away from destructive behavior.
Tarabasov ended the relationship after this footage leaked online and he quickly moved on to a new girlfriend. Lohan posted a makeup-free selfie to her Instagram following the breakup with a caption that read: “#being #alone is the best way to find yourself #dontliveinfearcauseofpeoplesopinion.” Well, at least she’s learning more about herself.
8. Britney Spears (dumped by Justin Timberlake)
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were a match made in pop heaven. In the 90s, they were two young, adorable and super talented artists with the world at their feet. Then the iconic couple split and it was rumored that Spears was pushing too hard for a marriage. Timberlake later told Barbara Walters, “I remember when we were going to go our separate ways, we sat down and I said to her, ‘If there’s ever a moment where you ever need me, you can rest assured that I will be there, because I love you as a person and I will always love you.'”
Following the split, Spears admitted she was in a lot of emotional pain to The Sun newspaper. She revealed, “I’m still hurting but I am trying to see it as an experience. The worst thing is everyone wants to talk to me about it. Everywhere I go people are asking how I am.” During an interview with Diane Sawyer, she also broke down in tears when questioned about Justin proving that the first cut is always the deepest.
7. Jordin Sparks (dumped by Jason Derulo)
Jason Derulo came across as quite cold-hearted when he just outright ditched his No Air collaborator, singer Jordin Sparks. He later told Ryan Seacrest, “Every relationship has ups and downs. There was a lot of pressures of marriage. There was a lot of arguing and stuff like that that just weighed on our relationship over time. When you stop having more good times than bad bad times, it’s time to call it quits. It becomes something that is unhealthy.”
What Derulo failed to mention was that after three years together he dumped Sparks over the phone. Jordin told Hollywood Life that the whole painful experience made her stronger, she explained, “When things get tough, take a running back (for example) – if they’re running with the ball and they fumble the ball, they’re not going to take themselves out of the game and sit down and cry about it. They’re going to hold that ball tighter and they run harder than they ever have.”
6. Ciara (dumped by 50 Cent)
50 Cent and Ciara dated briefly but when they split up she just couldn’t let go – like seriously couldn’t let go. 50 Cent moved on to comedian and presenter Chelsea Handler but the phone calls from Ciara wouldn’t stop. Handler revealed on Howard Stern’s show, “(Ciara) was coming on the show, and he called me to tell me something about her like she still calls him all the time, and she still tells him that she loves him or something. And I’m at my job, and I go “Curtis,
Handler revealed on Howard Stern’s show, “(Ciara) was coming on the show, and (50 Cent) called me to tell me something about her like she still calls him all the time, and she still tells him that she loves him or something. And I’m at my job, and I go ‘Curtis, honestly, this is like eighth-grade s**t.’ It was so juvenile.” The drama was too much for the funny woman and she broke off the relationship.
5. Ashton Kutcher (dumped by Demi Moore)
Just before they announced their divorce, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were pictured above enjoying a romantic holiday in Turks and Caicos. The couple was well-known for documenting their love for each other via social media, often posting couple selfies or commenting “I love you” on each other’s timelines. Which is why the split was such a shock to everyone…
Scott Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood, revealed that Kutcher celebrated his 6th wedding anniversary by cheating on his wife. Eastwood told host Andy Cohen, “(Kutcher) did sleep with one of my ex-girlfriends. But she was my current girlfriend at the time so…” He added, “I think it was the catalyst that broke him and Demi up.”
Moore was left heartbroken but she put on a brave face as she publically announced in 2011, “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother, and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life.”
4. Calvin Harris (dumped by Taylor Swift)
This last photo of Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris together reminds us of happier times during their whirlwind 15-month romance. In June 2016, news broke that Calvin Harris was in a car crash – but Taylor was nowhere to be seen. Harris later issued a statement via People magazine that they had split for good but “there was no drama.” However, as it turns out there was drama just waiting around the corner…
Two weeks later, photos emerged of Swift cuddling up and kissing British actor Tom Hiddleston on a beach in Rhode Island. Fans also pulled out a grainy video of the pair having a flirty, dance-off at the Met Ball one month earlier and questioned – had Swift given Harris the boot so she could cozy up with Hiddleston? It certainly looked that way.
In a series of now-deleted tweets to fans, Harris wrote: “I cared too much and then I didn’t care at all. I am a real person remember.” He also added Swift “controlled the media and this situation,” and, “I had no idea what was going on. So that kind of makes it a lot worse from my perspective.” We just want to give him a big hug.
3. Jennifer Lopez (dumped by Ben Affleck)
“Bennifer” – the union between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez – was not just a tabloid’s dream but also Lopez’s. During an interview with Diane Sawyer, she recalled when Affleck presented her with a 6.1-carat pink diamond, “I had cried a lot over sadness over the years. And for the first time in my life, I cried incredible purging tears of happiness.”
The lavish wedding was planned for the summer of 2003 but had to be called off as the press intrusion made it impossible for them both to have a private ceremony. Lopez had planned her dream day and even imagined the names of their children – then her “heart was torn out of my chest” when he called her and said the wedding was off.
Affleck later revealed to Contact Music that at the time he felt, “suffocated, miserable and gross.” He added, “I was no longer in control of my life. I thought I wanted certain things, but I didn’t. I got lost. I should never have gone down that route or got sucked into all the publicity.”
2. Jennifer Lawrence (dumped by Nicholas Holt)
Jennifer Lawrence was publicly dumped by her long-term boyfriend, X-Men co-star Nicholas Holt, in the middle of a restaurant. The couple was together for five years when an eye-witness at Nobu restaurant told Star magazine, “Jen was clearly upset with the topic of discussion. She threw her hands up in the air as she yelled at Nick who appeared agitated with her reaction. Next thing you know he starts screaming too, it was quite a heated discussion before she finally walked out on him, leaving him to pay the bill.”
Following the split, Lawrence had to do a lot of soul-searching as she couldn’t throw herself into work to take her mind off things as her movies had all finished filming. She told Good Morning America, “I wrapped (Hunger Games) that have been my life for so long. I was also in a relationship with somebody for five years and we broke up around the same time I wrapped those movies.” She added, “(There) was this whole year of who am I without these movies? Who am I without this man?” Now as one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood, it’s clear she’s found her confidence once again.
1. Beyonce (dumped by her first boyfriend)
It’s hard to believe that Beyonce’s first boyfriend not only dumped her but also cheated on her. Known as one of the most successful and powerful women in the world, Beyonce dated Lyndall Locke since she was 13-years-old for 10 years. Locke revealed in the book Becoming Beyonce, “We shared our first kiss when Bey was 13. She was a little southern belle. She was an awesome kisser.”
He also revealed that he broke her heart when he called to say he had cheated on her. Locke remembers, “I’ve never been a liar. I told her the truth which is that I lost my virginity to a girl from church. She cried and hung up on me.” Unlike the strong Beyonce we know now, she took Locke back – clearly devoted to her first love.
When Beyonce’s band Destiny’s Child started to become famous, he revealed, “There was a Beyoncé train on the fast track to fame and you were either on it or off it. Some people fell off the train and others jumped.” But he dumped her during an emotional phone call when he figured it just wouldn’t work. Beyonce has often spoken about her depression about this time but Locke suggests he knows what is best for her.
He added, “We were together for ten years. I saw the changes in her. She needed someone like Jay-Z to take her to the next level. There are no hard feelings.”
Sources: people.com, etonline.com, https://www.thesun.co.uk