10 Worst Celebrity Breakups

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris

Celebrities are just like us, only when they break up, the world takes notice. Here are 10 of the messiest celebrity breakups that we just couldn’t help but watch.

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris were publicly open about their relationship … while it lasted. They posted cute vacation photos online and always posed for paparazzi. It seemed like Swift had finally found a guy that wouldn’t end up as the subject of an angst-ridden breakup song. But just after celebrating their one-year anniversary, the news hit that they had split. At first, the breakup seemed drama-free, but just two weeks later Swift was seen smooching actor Tom Hiddleston. The internet went nuts and the mud-slinging began. Her relationship with Hiddleston fizzled out shortly thereafter, leading people to question whether it was all a publicity stunt on Swift’s part.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Just one day after their 10-year wedding anniversary, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced they were separating. Within a month, rumors surfaced that the split was the result of an affair between Affleck and his kids’ nanny Christine Ouzounian. The couple denied the rumors, but paparazzi photos surfaced of Ouzounian arriving for a late-night hookup with Affleck, champagne bottle in tow. Garner eventually filed for divorce.

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline

Everyone was surprised when Britney Spears married Kevin Federline, one of her backup dancers, in September 2004, but nobody was shocked when she filed for divorce just two years later, less than two months after giving birth to their second child. Unfortunately for Federline, he found out about the divorce petition via text. He retaliated by petitioning for sole custody of their two children. Shortly thereafter, Britney had a very public meltdown in the form of partying, driving without a license, shaving her head, and other bizarre behavior. Their custody battle lasted over three years, with Britney eventually regaining shared custody.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

Shortly after Robin Thicke’s very suggestive performance with Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV VMAs, Thicke’s wife Paula Patton announced that she would be separating from her husband. What followed was a very public campaign by Thicke to try to win her back, even releasing a song called “Get Her Back.” He went as far as releasing an entire album titled Paula. Patton was unimpressed and filed for divorce. Later Thicke expressed regret for the public display, telling The New York Times “What I thought was romantic was just embarrassing.”

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale

After 20 years and three children together Gwen and Gavin shocked everyone when they announced their divorce. Almost immediately headlines started to appear that Gwen was getting cozy with her The Voice co-host Blake Shelton. Just one month after their divorce was finalized, Gwen’s reps confirmed the new relationship.

Taylor Swift and John Mayer

Taylor Swift has a bit of a reputation for bad breakups. Long before the famous feud with Calvin Harris, she dated John Mayer. After the breakup, she went on to write the song “Dear John.” It was clear how she felt about the relationship in the lyrics: “Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with? The girl in the dress cried the whole way home. I should’ve known.” Mayer mentioned in a television interview that he still tries to avoid running into her at award ceremonies.

Tom Brady and Bridget Moynahan

Tom Brady and Bridget Moynahan

Brady and Moynahan dated for three years before he unceremoniously broke up with her to date supermodel Gisele Bündchen. The actress waited two months after the breakup to announce that she was three months pregnant with his child. Awkward. Bündchen considered leaving Brady after the announcement but decided to stick around and the pair eventually married, but not before the media analyzed the entire situation in minute detail. Bündchen and Brady now have two children of their own. Moynahan went on to marry Wall Street broker Andrew Frankel.

Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee

Anderson and Lee got married a mere four days after having met. When their honeymoon video was stolen and released to the public it became one of the most watched sex tapes in history and made the couple infamous. The pair divorced in 1998 but remarried three years later. After their second split, Anderson accused Lee of giving her Hepatitis C and beating her while she was breastfeeding their child. All of which Lee denied. Anderson went on to date another rocker Kid Rock, which didn’t sit well with Lee.

Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

The decline of this marriage was headline news for months in 2010 after US Weekly published an interview with waitress Jamie Grubbs, who alleged a two and a half year affair with Tiger Woods. In the wake of the news, Woods issued a statement in which he admitted to letting his family down. In the weeks that followed, several more women came forward claiming to have had encounters with Woods. The golfer’s sponsors got nervous and started dropping him as their spokesperson. After months of accusations and more apologies from Woods, Nordegren’s lawyers released a statement announcing their divorce.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand

Perry and Brand got married less than a year after meeting, but after only 14 months of marriage, Brand informed Perry via text that the marriage was over. By all accounts, Perry was blindsided, and the pair hasn’t spoken since. But, they’ve each taken digs at the other in the media. Perry suggested Brand was threatened by her success and Brand, in turn, called her a “vapid, vacuous celebrity.”

Well these couples certainly make your breakups positively uneventful, don’t they?