A Brief History: The Biggest Celebrity Splits Ever
CHANNING & JENNA
After nearly 9 years of marriage, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan confirmed to PEOPLE exclusively in April 2018 that they "have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple." The pair met in 2006 on the set of Step Up, married in 2009, and welcomed daughter Everly in 2013.
In a joint statement the couple gave to PEOPLE, they explained, "Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision — just two best-friends realizing it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible."
Multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Channing has already moved out and that the couple has been living separately for months. They managed to keep their split on the DL until now, as they continued to wear their rings in public and attended the 2018 Kid's Choice Awards together with their daughter in March.
JEN & JUSTIN
In February 2018, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced they are separating after two and a half years of marriage — and seven years as a couple, the Associated Press reports. The former couple "say their split was 'mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year,'" according to AP.
"Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly,” says the statement released by longtime Aniston publicist Stephen Huvane. “Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”
The couple announced that they split at the end of the last year, however, they celebrated the New Year together with their annual vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico alongside a handful of close pals including Jason Bateman and his family.
FERGIE & JOSH
Fergie and Josh Duhamel are going their separate ways after eight years of marriage, they confirmed to PEOPLE exclusively in September 2017. “With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” the couple said in a joint statement. “To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.” The couple share 4-year-old son, Axl.
CHRIS & ANNA
After eight years of marriage, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris told fans via social media they are calling it quits. "Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating," Pratt, who shares son Jack with Faris, wrote in a joint statement shared on Facebook. "We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed."
"Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward,” he continued. “We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”
BEN & CHRISTINE
After almost two decades together, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor announced their separation in May 2017. The actors, who costarred in Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder and Zoolander 2, are parents to daughter Ella, 15, and son Quinlin, 11. "They are a very loving family," a source, who doesn't expect a messy uncoupling, told PEOPLE. "[Christine] and Ben respect each other and will do anything to make sure their kids are happy."
BRAD & ANGELINA
After two years of marriage and more than a decade together, Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt split in September 2016. Jolie, who shares six children—Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox—with the actor, was the one to file for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
JOHNNY & AMBER
After Amber Heard filed for divorce from husband Johnny Depp, the pair descended into a long legal battle that also included physical abuse allegations from the 30-year-old actress. Following months of back-and-forth, the couple—who met in 2011 on the set of The Rum Diary—reached a reported $7 million divorce settlement, which Heard donated to charity.
DREW & WILL
After almost four years of marriage, Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman – who are parents to Olive, 4, and Frankie, 3 – called it quits, with a source telling PEOPLE the cause for the split had a lot to do with the pair's living arrangements; Barrymore was drawn to L.A., while Kopelman preferred N.Y.C. "Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family," the couple said in their statement. "Divorce might make one feel like a failure, but eventually you start to find grace in the idea that life goes on."
CAT & JENNIFER
After nearly two decades together (and four sons), the first female Iron Chef and her wife Jennifer are ending their marriage. "Although this is not what we ever imagined, we will always have four incredible reasons to celebrate our years together: our sons," Cat told PEOPLE of their split, which they announced in November 2015. "We are forever parents to our boys and are jointly committed to raising them in a peaceful, nurturing and healthy environment."
GWEN & GAVIN
Just one month shy of what would have been their 13th wedding anniversary, Stefani and Rossdale revealed in August 2015 that they were divorcing. "While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment," the former rock royalty pair told PEOPLE in a statement.
Shortly after announcing her divorce, Gwen began dating country music star Blake Shelton, who had ended his marriage to Miranda Lambert earlier that summer. The two are still going strong.
BEN & JENNIFER
MARIAH & NICK
After tying the knot in 2008, Carey and Cannon spent six years together before calling it quits in 2015. While together, the couple participated in annual vow renewals and welcomed two children – twins Moroccan and Monroe. Still, the former couple keeps their relationship amicable, as evidenced by the family snap Carey shared on Easter.
GWYNETH & CHRIS
Paltrow helped introduce the world to the phrase "conscious uncoupling," which is how she described the 2014 end of her marriage with Martin. The pair had been together for 10 years, but still continue to co-parent and are regularly photographed together with their children.
In April 2015, the wellness guru and Goop founder confirmed she was dating TV writer and producer Brad Falchuk, and the pair announced their engagement in January 2018.
ANTONIO & MELANIE
It was almost poetic – Banderas and Griffith first met on the set of 1995's Two Much, which marked the start of their 18-year relationship. The pair starred alongside their second film together, Automata, which coincidentally occurred at the end of their marriage. "That's life, and we must continue to go forward," Banderas said of their split.
ROBIN & PAULA
Despite Thicke and Patton's sweet meet-cute at 15 and 14, respectively, the pair announced they were separating in 2014 after almost a decade of marriage. "We've known each other since we were teenagers," Patton said of her split.
The "Blurred Lines" singer publicly debuted a new relationship with model April Love Geary two months after his divorce was finalized. He and Geary welcomed a child together, Mia Love Thicke, in February 2018.
KATY & RUSSELL
After a whirlwind marriage in 2010, Perry and Brand – who the singer says texted her to say he was filing for divorce – split in 2011. But Perry is staying positive. "I don't like to live in fear because that traps you and your voices," she said. "Fear is a control tactic in the world that is negative and depressing, and I don't want to be associated with it."
BETHENNY & JASON
Just days before Christmas in 2012, Real Housewives of New York City's Frankel and Hoppy announced they were parting ways after nearly three years of marriage. The couple, who are parents to daughter Bryn, 7, are currently finalizing property negotiations. Looking back on their relationship, the Skinnygirl mogul says she had an instinct that her marriage would end in divorce. "I could feel it, but I intellectualized it," she recently said. "People are always talking about, 'Do I go with my head or my heart?' Go with your gut."
KATIE & TOM
The split between Cruise and Holmes sent shock waves through the celebrity world when the actress filed for divorce five days before Cruise's 50th birthday in June 2012. Though the actor said he was blindsided and "deeply saddened" by the split, he and Holmes remained tight-lipped about what could have been an explosive legal battle, instead quietly coming to a settlement that focused on the best interest of their 11-year-old daughter, Suri.
HEIDI & SEAL
After seven years of marriage, Klum and Seal announced they were separating in 2012, with the supermodel telling PEOPLE, "We have had the deepest respect for one another throughout our relationship and continue to love each other very much, but we have grown apart." The stars finalized their divorce in 2014.
JENNIFER & MARC
In 2011, Lopez and Anthony revealed they were ending their 8-year marriage in a statement to PEOPLE. The star couple share custody of their two children, 9-year-old twins Emme and Maximilian. "I felt like my whole life had fallen apart," Lopez said of the breakup. But the singer assures that there's no bad blood: "We love our kids, and we have love for each other. We always will."
ASHTON & DEMI
Moore made the decision to end her marriage to Kutcher as rumors of infidelity swirled in 2011. "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," Moore said via statement. "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."
Kutcher then began dating former That 70's Show co-star Mila Kunis, and the two had their first child together in 2014. They maried the following summer and welcomed a second child in November 2016.
ARNOLD & MARIA
After 25 years as husband and wife, Schwarzenegger and Shriver called it quits in 2011, following Schwarzenegger's affair with his former housekeeper, which resulted in a son.
KIM & KRIS
TIGER & ELIN
In what is perhaps the most high-profile break-up in celebrity history, Woods and Nordegren split up in 2010 after it was revealed that the golfer had cheated on his wife with over a dozen women. "I have moved on, and I am in a good place," Nordegren told PEOPLE in 2014. "My relationship with Tiger is centered around our children, and we are doing really good – we really are – and I am so happy that is the case. He is a great father."
PAUL & HEATHER
One word to describe McCartney and Mills's divorce battle: bitter. After four years of marriage, the duo separated and officially divorced in 2008 after they reached a settlement. Mills walked away with a $50 million settlement, and both share joint custody of their daughter, Beatrice.
MADONNA & GUY
Madonna and Ritchie's split was a long time coming for the couple, whose apparent differences fueled their breakup in 2008. "There were times when I felt incarcerated," the singer has said. "I wasn't really allowed to be myself. It doesn't mean that marriage is a bad thing. But if you're an artist, you've got to find someone who accepts who you are."
JESSICA & NICK
DENISE & CHARLIE
Reports of Sheen relapsing and making chilling death threats led to wife Richards, who was pregnant with Sheen's child, filing for divorce in 2005.
REESE & RYAN
Once Hollywood's golden couple, Witherspoon and Phillippe first met on the set of Cruel Intentions before getting hitched in 1999. The pair, who had been together for close to a decade, both agreed that their 2006 divorce was the hardest thing they had experienced. "I spent a few years just trying to feel better ... You can't really be creative when you feel like your brain is scrambled eggs," Witherspoon has said.
JENNIFER & BRAD
Just days after a cozy vacation to Anguilla, which seemingly put rumors of strife to rest, Hollywood's golden couple announced they were splitting. Immediately, speculation began of a relationship between Pitt and his Mr. and Mrs. Smith costar Angelina Jolie. But after 10 years, Aniston called the supposed feud between the two actresses dated. "It's just tiresome and old. It's like an old leather shoe," she says. "Let's buy a new pair of shiny shoes."
ALEC & KIM
After a nine-year marriage, Baldwin and Basinger, who have a daughter together, called it quits in 2002. In an interview with PEOPLE, Basinger's father cited Baldwin's anger issues as the reason for the split. "Alec has this kind of anger where he reaches down for something that hurts, something that may have happened a year or two ago, and then abuses Kim with it," he says. "This has happened publicly. But it's when it started happening in front of [daughter] Ireland that Kim finally said, 'Well, I'm not going to put up with that.'"
TOM & NICOLE
DEMI & BRUCE
Although Moore and Willis split up in 2000 after 13 years of marriage, the couple continued to make their children a priority. "They always made an effort to do all of the family events still together and made such an effort to still have our family be as one unit," daughter Rumer said, "as opposed to two separate things, which I think really made an impact."