the worst celebrity break ups

It happens more frequently than not that celebrity couples split up, evoking a ton of WHAT’s and OMG’s. There are currently rumors circulating that Bey and Jay are on the rocks (I don’t want to believe it though).

Now I am pretty sure I am the most cynical of the bunch here at the office, but you’d be surprised to know that I just so happen to be the one who always claims that some couplings really are eternal. But nothing could be further from the truth. Anytime a couple,  whom I thought were destined to be everlasting, break up, it leaves me brokenhearted. So hereby a few celebrity breakups which had us all rattled and ruffled.

Bennifer met on the set of their movie Gigli; which turned out to be a flop of epic proportions. And in 2004 their second movie was released, Jersey Girl, just as disastrous. But off screen things were running a lot smoother and in 2002 Ben even placed a 2,5 million dollar engagement ring on Jen’s finger. The plan: get married in September 2003. However 4 days before the ceremony was to take place, Ben pulled the plug. Reasoning: “too much media attention.” A few months later an official press release announced that the two of them had split up. Sob fest.

The break up of all breakups. Brad and Jen were Hollywood’s golden couple. And then came Angie. Intruding on the love nest of our American sweethearts love nest like some kind of evil witch and suddenly the world was divided into two teams: Team Angie and Team Jen, and I was for the latter. Although Brad now has a wonderful family with Angie and Jen recently married Justin, I, we and the rest of the world still day dream about Brad and Jen, the most wonderful couple that once was.

Scott and Kourtney, we love to love ‘em and we love to hate ‘em. It was easy to stay in the loop of their relationship in that monstrous show of theirs and as crazy as it would sometimes get (his drinking problem, her desire to sleep in separate beds), we couldn’t help but grow fond of them. And then suddenly it peaked and all was over. The world was in shock. Well, at least our office was. A smart choice on her end though, but secretly we all had a soft spot for psycho Scott.

Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson were probably one of the sweetest couples ever. We binge watched their show Newlyweds on MTV and our hearts really did break after we heard about their split. But really. What we saw on screen really was true love and we will never ever forget Jessica’s iconic quote: “is this chicken or is this fish? I know it’s tuna, but is it chicken or fish?” (Watch it here).

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale seemed to be one of those couples who easily steered clear of all the Hollywood mayhem built around their persona’s. They hardly ever appeared in gossip magazine headlines which, for a celebrity couple, is very unique. Rumors circulated that Gavin had a tough time being monogamous and eventually Gwen was fed up. Completely understandable. But Gavin, you were married to Gwen Stefani, why on Earth would you need someone else?

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green always appeared to be steady as a rock and were able to avoid having their relationship blasted in the lime light. They were together for 11 years. She was 18 (!!) when she met him, and he was 31 at the time. A bit staggering. Together they have two kids; a two year old and their youngest is only 18 months old. Perhaps their kids were the band aids, an attempt to salvage a wound that couldn’t be healed. Whatever their reasoning for a divorce may be (the reason is still undisclosed), it’s still a shame.

Another gut wrencher. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe were the ultimate dream couple. À la Brad and Jen. Kinda due to one of our favorite movies, Cruel Intentions, where they both scored a leading role (and where their romance kicked off), but also because they are both so picture perfect. But alas, in 2007 after an 8 year relationship, their marriage was ripped to shreds. As were our hearts. They both claimed that it was because they were so young when they met, but rumor has it that Ryan too, had difficulties being monogamous. Whatever the real reason might be, it’s a dead dead shame.

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. A pair no one saw coming, and one which I bet had the kids all hot and bothered. I mean, no one would have blamed Rumur Willis if she had had a crush on her step dad. Despite their 16 year age gap (Ashton was 25 when he met/got together with the then 41 year old Demi) the two swapped vows in 2005 and we couldn’t help but love this cougar relationship. Unfortunately reports of infidelity surfaced and after a six year marriage, the two went their separate ways in 2011. Sigh.