In Hollywood, the span of a happy marriage can last anywhere from 72 hours to 25 years but the majority of them end up in divorce. Many of those divorces involve dramatic fights over money, kids and property which the tabloids eat up and blow out of proportion. Some split over infidelity and some over unknown issues that the couple chooses to keep private (they later leak out anyway). There's also a few who divorce amicably due to schedule clashes or simply falling out of love like other non-famous couples.
Along with criticizing the outrageous dresses worn on the red carpet, another fun hobby to do with the stars of Hollywood is predicting who will break up with whom, which power couple will crumble when and who will get together with someone new each year. Some splits and divorces are spot-on and could be seen coming a mile away but others take us completely by surprise and threaten to break our cherished OTPs.
It may already be February but 2018 is still a fresh, brand-new year and there's so many potential celebrity break-ups pending that it can be hard to predict who will survive this year's relationship mill. So, grab some chocolate, a nice lovely bottle of wine and let's compare notes on whose marriage is in danger of going to pieces this year. Then let's place our bets and patiently wait to see who will break up first over the coming months. Summer is always a juicy time for celebrity scandal.
18 Adam Levine And Behati Prinsloo: Maroon 5 Pop
Adam Levine, the lead singer in the pop band Maroon 5, has been married to his Victoria’s Secret model wife, Behati Prinsloo, since July 2014. When he began dating her, he was vehemently against marriage.
Apparently, she was the one because he popped the question and they've been happily wed ever since. They have one daughter Dusty Rose, and are expecting a second child this year. Rumors of their impending break-up have been circulating for years now with no evidence that they'll come true.
But with such high-profile careers that involve touring and long absences from a home peopled by tiny humans known as children, the strain on their marriage is about to dramatically increase and could tear them apart. Two children seem to be a magic number for increasing parental stress.
17 Tori Spelling And Dean McDermott: Complete Disaster
American actress Tori Spelling is currently all over the tabloids due to marriage and financial problems—not exactly a great thing to be known for. When she and her current husband, Dean McDermott, met in 2005, they were both married to other people.
Nevertheless, they began an affair that same night and got married in May 2006—less than a month after her divorce was finalized. They popped out four kids before Dean was caught cheating on Tori in 2013, citing their lack of passion as his excuse.
Through therapy and hard work, they have put their marriage back together and have a fifth new baby to love. But they are also facing financial ruin due to bad real estate decisions and Tori losing her reality TV show income. As every married couple knows, money is a key fight trigger and when it's millions on the line, the strain is worse.
16 Reese Witherspoon And Jim Toth: Happily Never After
Reese Witherspoon, a well-known rom-com actress who is starring in the new film A Wrinkle in Time, has been married to her current husband, Jim Toth, since March 2011. Jim is a talent agent and has represented some big names, including Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.
They have one son born in 2012, and Reese has two older children from her first marriage whom Jim is stepfather to and seems to really care about. On the surface, they look like a really happy fairytale couple but there have been rumors of a divorce in the past due mainly to Jim's drinking habit which can distress almost anyone—especially someone who has had a DUI in the past and now toes the straight and narrow line like Reese does.
15 Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis: Once A Cheater…
Actor Ashton Kutcher is one of those young guys who never seems to quite grow all the way up. After his long first marriage with Demi Moore ended, Kutcher kinda floundered around till he landed on Mila Kunis in 2012.
After they became engaged in 2014, Mila gave birth to their daughter Wyatt. They got married in July 2015 and had a second child, a son, in 2016. While it all seems good and dandy, Kutcher reportedly skips out on parental duties to hang out with friends while Mila is stuck at home coping with the stress of caring for two young children.
On top of that, Kutcher has cheated in the past on his former wife and some say Mila is beginning to have fears and suspicions that he will repeat and cheat on her as well. Rumors of divorce for these two have been flying around for over a year now and only time will tell.
14 Tom Brady And Gisele Bundchen: Deflategate Consequences
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is all over the news for his team leadership and almost winning this year's Super Bowl. He has won more football awards than any other single player in his career but will always have one sports scandal he'll never live down. He is married to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
The two met on a blind date set up by mutual friends in 2006, and they were married in a Catholic ceremony in February 2009. They have two children in addition to Tom's son from his first marriage.
After the deflated ball scandal, their high-profile marriage took a huge hit with Gisele saying Tom was cold and harsh with her as he retreated inside himself to deal with the scandal, prompting Gisele to take solo vacations with her children to escape his dark cloud.
13 Fergie And Josh Duhamel: Separation Anxiety
Singer and actress Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas was happily married to her husband Josh Duhamel for eight years before they separated in September 2017. A legal separation is similar but different to a divorce: separation is where they're still married but living apart for all intents and purposes while divorce is final with no going back.
While a reconciliation can happen after a separation, usually it's divorce papers that are served and it wouldn't be too surprising to see these stars named in some papers sometime this year followed by the word divorced. They have one son together.
Critics say that Fergie was trying to get back into her rock and roll career, making her husband less of a priority while he was out partying to relieve stress. They even tried therapy to no avail.
12 Kendra Wilkinson And Hank Baskett: All That Hard Work Gone To Waste
Model and actress Kendra Wilkinson has been married to her NFL star husband, Hank Baskett, for nearly a decade. They have two young children together and their marriage has always been a rocky one. They make tabloid headlines with their constant threats to divorce each other but this time might just be the charm that wins.
After years of hard work with no payoffs, Kendra is allegedly tired and ready to walk away from her marriage. A lot of it has to do with conflicting work schedules but ever since Hank's 2014 scandal with a transgender model, Kendra has never trusted him and the pain didn't ease or heal. Deep wounds can take time to heal but some never fully heal, especially if the issue isn't dealt with properly and promptly.
11 LeAnn Rimes And Eddie Cibrian: And Repeat After Me
35-Year-old country singer LeAnn Rimes is best known for her breakout album Blue. She has also written four books but the tabloids know her best for her scandalous relationships. When she was still married to her first husband, she began an affair with her current husband, Eddie Cibrian, while they worked together on the film Northern Lights. Eddie was married with two children at the time and when the affair came to light, his wife Brandi angrily divorced him.
LeAnn's husband also left her and though she regretted people being hurt, she didn't regret the outcome. She and Eddie were married in 2011. The tumultuous relationship with his ex-wife has continued to entertain the media, especially after Brandi predicted that the happy couple will split once they've been married for ten years.
10 Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes: Prioritize, People!
Once a couple has lived together for seven or more years, they are considered common-law married and share legal rights—more so if they have children together. So technically rom-com actor Ryan Gosling and former co-star Eva Mendes are married. And due to a prioritizing difference, they could very well be headed to common-law divorce and joint custody of their two children.
Their biggest known fight came after last year's Oscars when Eva chose to stay home and work on her retail business rather than support her husband and walk him down the red carpet.
He reportedly was not thrilled with this difference in priorities and divorce rumors spread. They're still together but mainly for the sake of their children now. Staying together for children is a nice idea in and of itself but doesn't have the long-term effect desired.
9 Beyonce And Jay-Z: All The Single Ladies
Beyoncé is the queen of pop and best known for several songs, including her salute to single ladies hit. She's been married to her one and only husband, rapper Jay-Z, since 2008, and the couple has three children.
All looks good for the powerhouse duo from the outside but there is considerable strain and trouble on the inside. After rumors circulated that Jay-Z had cheated were indirectly confirmed, the tabloids ran with the story.
Whether or not this is true (and we're probably leaning toward true based on her heartbreaking album Lemonade), the strain of dealing with such an emotional and personal wound while having it splashed across the headlines would try anyone—famous or not. That strain will eventually come out if not properly taken care of and their marriage will implode.
8 Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban: Sing A Love Song
Australian country love song singer and songwriter Keith Urban married his Australian actress Nicole Kidman in June 2006, and they've been happy ever after. Now 12 years and two kids (both blonde daughters) later, they're still going strong. Or are they?
Some relationships are just too good to be true, prompting us to wonder what their secret is and when will they crash and burn. In all honesty, they really do seem to be perfectly happy and never stay apart for more than two weeks at a time. But if they were to split, this would be the year to do it.
Kick the bucket before the crazy teen years roll through and the kids can drive themselves everywhere. At any rate, we're guaranteed some heartfelt songs from this talented musician.
7 Thomas Sadoski And Amanda Seyfried: You're Only Young Once
Actress Amanda Seyfried began dating her husband, Thomas Sadoski, while they co-starred in The Last Word in 2016. They became engaged barely six months later and got married in March 2017, in a secret ceremony just before Amanda gave birth to their first child.
While the couple seems happy, the points stand against them—along with Amanda's previous dating history of on again-off again relationships. The couple only knew each other for six months before becoming engaged, which can be enough for some people but not always others.
They both have busy schedules which now include a tiny new baby and there is a 10-year age gap between them which could spell trouble down the road when he wants to retire and she wants to focus on her career or have more kids.
6 Josh Brolin And Kathryn Boyd: Three's The Magic Number
Actor Josh Brolin has been married three times now and divorced twice. He is currently married to his third wife, former assistant and model Kathryn Boyd. They tied the knot in September 2016 and seem pretty happy. But the Marvel universe actor who plays Thanos in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War films doesn't have a good track record for long term happily ever marriages and with a busy schedule lined up, the couple won't have much alone time together.
But there's always the chance that, like his father, three is the lucky number and this is the marriage that will stick and stay through thick and thin. Kathryn is younger and will probably want children at some point while Josh is older and already has two grown children. Been there, done that.
5 Donnie Wahlberg And Jenny McCarthy: The View From Here
Actress and former co-host of The View and powerful anti-vaxxer activist Jenny McCarthy is happily married to second husband Donnie Wahlberg. They were married in August 2014. Both have children from previous marriages and have no intention of having one of their own to add to their blended family, which could be a good call in the long run.
Donnie is a singer, songwriter, record and film producer best known for his work on the Saw films. Jenny continues to be active in reality TV and devotes plenty of time to their blended mix of boys.
But will the question of future children pop back up and become an issue for the new couple? He's nearing 50 and clearly doesn't want any more children while she might just change her mind down the road. There are certainly reasons to speculate, even if they aren't confirmed.
4 Ashlee Simpson And Evan Ross: One, Two, Done
Actress and singer/songwriter Ashlee Simpson tied the knot with her second husband, Evan Ross, in August 2014, after about a year of dating and being engaged. In July 2015, Ashlee gave birth to her second child and Evan's first, a daughter named Jagger Snow. Ashlee is Jessica Simpson's less-famous younger sister and has been married once before while Evan is enjoying all his firsts with her.
After her second marriage and baby, Ashlee retired from acting and chose to focus on her new album and new family. While still enjoying the honeymoon phase, the odds are against them that this marriage will last for a long time. Their priorities seem to be in different places and Ashlee wants to build her musical career while it can be assumed that Evan wants to build a family.
3 Tim McGraw And Faith Hill: Twenty-Year Marker
We know! Say it ain't so, and we're about to break your heart. Country singer and songwriter Tim McGraw has been married to his co-star and singer wife, Faith Hill, since 1996. They tour the country together singing their songs and looking happy with three grown children off living their own lives.
But the life of a musical star is one filled with trials and pitfalls. Reportedly, Tim loves the ladies and all the attention his star status brings him while Faith has put up with him for years and wants out so she can rediscover herself and set out on her own once more.
With the children grown, there's not a lot to hold these two together except their frequently stressed love for each other. They rarely dispel the swirling divorce rumors that have plagued them for years, suspiciously. Maybe this will be the year they break. We're hoping not!
2 Justin Timberlake And Jessica Biel: Gonna Go Timberrrrrr
Actor, singer and songwriter Justin Timberlake has been married to actress Jessica Biel since 2012, and they have one son born in 2015. They seem happy but both have busy schedules which keep them apart and when they are together they have an energetic young son to take care of and co-parent somehow.
With his increasingly busy schedule, Jessica is often left at home to parent alone and reportedly feels like a single mom. She also allegedly doesn't trust him around other women, which makes us wonder why exactly she feels that way and if her distrust is grounded in instinct and secret knowledge we are unaware of as the viewers to this drama. They're young enough to bounce back and make this work if they both focus and put their minds to it, but otherwise, their youthful marriage just might crumble.
1 Kardashian-West Split
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been married since May 2014, a surprisingly long time given Kim's past history with marriages. While the couple outwardly seems happy, especially now that they're parents to three children (North, Saint and Chicago West—the last of whom was born via surrogate last month), there are small subtle hints that all may not be right with them.
Kim used to dazzle the press with her highly fashionable outfits for events. Now she arrives in whatever Kanye decided to dress her in and poses stiffly, without smiling, for the cameras. Last year, the couple went through a rough patch after Kim's Paris robbery and Kanye's public meltdown after the holidays. Sources say the wear on their marriage is still there and with three kids now, they'll have their hands full.
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