Most of the divorces that are listed here came as a surprise. Nobody expected these seemingly rock-solid couples to hit rock bottom and yet they did. Some of the couples managed to stay together for a long time, even though the odds had been stacked against them initially. And when we thought they’d stay together forever, they broke up after all.
In no particular order:
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
These two only recently announced their separation and aren’t even divorced yet, but for those of us not reading all the gossip columns, this break-up came as a huge surprise. They have three children together and were married for ten years. Such a shame.
Nobody gave these two more than a year. But they were together for 18. After such a long time their split came horribly unexpected and one feels especially for Melanie. Antonio is someone who would bounce back more easily, but not so Melanie, who’s been battling addiction in the past.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anderson
The golden couple of the early 2000s. They looked as if they would grow old together and were seemingly made for each other. But along came Angelina Jolie and even if both denied that they started their romance before Jen and Brad announced their divorce, it can’t be denied that they have been together ever since and are now one of the strongest Hollywood couples there is. Were they ever to break up it would be more shocking than Brad’s and Jen’s break-up.
Heidi Klum and Seal
Another seemingly rock-solid couple. They had three children together and Seal even adopted Heidi’s daughter Leni. They renewed their vows every year and had the most epic Halloween costumes. Their divorce was a major surprise and one wonders what Heidi sees in that playboy she’s currently cavorting around with.
Another couple that seemed an odd one at first. But nobody could deny how happy they appeared together, always clinging onto each other. Then they had their twins and everything seemed perfect. But not so. In 2011 they announced their split and everyone was sad.
Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
Nine years, two children and a fair share of working together couldn’t keep these two together. Comedy’s dream team broke every fan’s heart when they announced their split in 2012. We are still hoping they’ll get back together, but Amy has definitely moved on and so has Will.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
They were quite literally a power couple and had a strong history as a couple and family with their children. But Arnold couldn’t keep it in his pants and even had a child with the housekeeper. When Maria found out, because the boy looked so much like his father, she decided to end the marriage. They are still not divorced, but it won’t take long now, especially since Arnold is dating someone else.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
Yet another adorable couple that shared two kids and devastated fans when they announced their split in 2007. Even after all those years it makes no sense to see Reese without Ryan and vice versa. Perhaps they were too young then and it can’t be denied that Reese at least seems very happy these days.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
This couple also made it over 10 years together and had two children. The worst thing about them would have been the weird names they chose for their kids, but other than that they seemed a picture perfect family. Until the consciously uncoupled. Are they even divorced yet?
Courtney Cox and David Arquette
The Friends star and the funny man met on the set of Scream. Another unlikely couple, they managed to make their relationship work and were married for ten years and had daughter Coco. But David’s alcohol abuse and partying proved too much and their divorce was finalized in 2012.
Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs
Broadway’s power couple met onstage during a production of the musical Rent. They seemed inseparable and have a son together. After 10 years of marriage they separated in 2013, very much to everyone’s surprise and heartbreak.
Tea Leoni and David Duchovny
If a couple has been through pretty much everything, it would have been these two. They even managed to hold together after David came out as a sex addict and went to rehab. But they separated in June 2011 and their 17-year relationship was officially over.
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton
This was certainly one of the most shocking recent break-ups. 13 years and how many movies together? Helena was Tim’s muse. There were few of his films that she hasn’t been a part of in the last decade. But they announced their split was amicable and they continue to be friends, which is better than nothing.
These two seemed made for each other after they starred in three movies together in the late 80s. Meg married Dennis after he agreed to kick his cocaine addiction and they had one son together. A fling with Russell Crowe in 2000 ended their marriage, though Meg said later that Dennis had cheated on her repeatedly. Their split was one of the more heartbreaking ones.
Another marriage that nobody ever thought would end. They had three children together after they married in 1987. Their split surprised everyone in 1998 and at least fans were blindsided. It is a testament to their relationship, however, that they are still friends.
A few honourable mentions of couples that were never married, but whose splits where just as shocking
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins
They were together for 23 years without ever marrying. They had two sons and despite their age difference nobody thought that anything could come between those two. Their break-up was certainly one of the saddest in the list.
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis
Another dream couple that was together forever without ever having married. They had two children and spent 14 years together with fans always wondering if they would get hitched or not. Then they split up, shocking everyone. It’s even more shocking that only three years later Johnny Depp is married to a girl 23 years younger than him.
Kermit and Miss Piggy
And these two? Together forever and only a month ago, in August 2015, they announced the end of their romantic involvement. Kermit has already been photographed with a new love interest. What is the world coming to?