Splitsville: Celebrity Divorces You Might Not Know About
Divorce is sometimes an unfortunate after effect of married life. The fallout can be even worse for celebrities who are torn between fact and fiction, glamour and grind, and fame and folly — with million-dollar estates on the line.
Additionally, celebrities are forced to air their dirty laundry in public in ways the rest of us don't have to tolerate. Some divorces are downright nasty and scandalous. Others are barely a blip on the radar before disappearing from the headlines completely. Take a look at some celebrity divorces you probably don’t even know about.
Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie
Professional hockey player Mike Comrie married 22-year-old Disney actress — later singer, producer and more — Hilary Duff in August 2010. You know Duff from classics like Food Fight and Agent Cody Banks as well as grownup flicks like The Haunting of Sharon Tate. You saw Comrie skate in the uniform of the Oilers, Flyers, Coyotes, Senators, Islanders and Penguins.
Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen
Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men fame happened to meet Saturday Night Live funny-man Fred Armisen when her co-star, Jon Hamm, hosted the comedy show in New York in October 2008. Armisen is 16 years older than Moss, but they were still married within a year of meeting.
Will Smith and Sheree Zampino
Will Smith has been married to Jada Pinkett Smith for so long — since 1997 — and their family has been Hollywood royalty for so long that you might assume she was Will's first and only bride. You would be wrong.
Olivia Wilde and Tao Ruspoli
Speaking of Hollywood royalty, you know Olivia Wilde as being happily married to fellow actor Jason Sudeikis, with whom she has two children. Sudeikis wasn’t Wilde's first husband, and her "royal" status was legitimate for a while.
Uma Thurman and Gary Oldman
Before Uma Thurman married and divorced actor Ethan Hawke, she was married to and divorced from another Hollywood fixture. In 1990, Thurman married Gary Oldman, who is 12 years older than her. Sean Penn first introduced them.
Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields
Long-distance relationships are one thing, but falling in love through international facsimile transmissions — what a very '90s idea! In the early '90s, Brooke Shields was a supermodel and actress, and Andre Agassi was at the top of the men's tennis universe. In her book "There Was a Little Girl," she described falling in love with Agassi when they were "sending long heartfelt faxes when she was filming in South Africa."
Helen Hunt and Hank Azaria
Helen Hunt has been a star of the small screen — Mad About You — and the big screen — Twister, What Women Want, etc. Hank Azaria is an actor you may know better for his voice than his face. For 30 years, he has been the voice of many characters on The Simpsons, including Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy and Carl Carlson. He also appeared in an episode of Mad About You. Cool twist, right?
Nicholas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley
It may not surprise you that Nicholas Cage has been divorced. He has made headlines for decades, and he has been divorced more than once, including from a royal — sort of. Very shortly after divorcing Patricia Arquette after five years of marriage, Cage married Lisa Marie Presley. Yes, Elvis' daughter.
Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller
Some divorces kind of fly under the radar because they pale in comparison to other divorces. For example, you probably know that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married and divorced before. Those divorces made the news and the tabloids. You probably also know that one of Jolie’s famous exes is Billy Bob Thornton.
Jennifer Garner and Scott Foley
Remember that time that the Hollywood fairy tale of a marriage between Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck imploded over Ben's affair with the nanny? Of course, you do. (What is it with famous dudes and nannies, by the way? Ew!)
Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard
Zooey Deschanel of New Girl has two children, Elsie Otter and Charlie Wolf, with husband Jacob Pechenik, a producer. Deschanel and Pechenik were married for four years before splitting in September 2019 and later divorcing. It wasn't Deschanel's first divorce.
Macaulay Culkin and Rachel Miner
Macaulay Culkin is a cultural touchstone for a generation in so many ways. First, he starred in the Home Alone movie franchise. Second, he had a long-time relationship with Michael Jackson. Culkin testified as a character witness at Jackson's trial on molestation charges and always insisted their relationship was innocent. Third, he had an eight-year relationship with fellow star Mila Kunis.
Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis
Two of the brightest stars in the celebrity firmament in the '80s were Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. Goldblum starred — or maybe co-starred with those scene-stealing dinos — in Jurassic Park. Davis was one of the headliners in the cultural landmark Thelma & Louise. You know all of that.
Drew Barrymore and Tom Green
Transitioning from child stardom to adult celebrity is complicated. Just ask Macaulay Culkin, who appears elsewhere on this list. But before there was Macaulay, there was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial's Drew Barrymore.
Caitlin Jenner and Kris Jenner
This one won't surprise anyone, really, but many of the details got lost in the celebrity frenzy. Legendary American Olympian Bruce Jenner married Kristen Houghton Kardashian. You may have heard of her children by her first marriage — Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Robert. Together, Kris and Bruce had two children, Kendall and Kylie.
Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson
To millions of adoring fans, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are the perfect celebrity couple, and who can argue? But Blake wasn’t Ryan's first perfect partner — or so he surely thought at the time. Before Blake, there was Scarlett.
Solange Knowles and Daniel Smith
You know Solange Piaget Knowles better as just Solange. You know her sister too, of course. You may even know she was a backup dancer for Destiny's Child, and you certainly know some of her music from her albums Solo Star, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, True, A Seat at the Table and 2019's When I Get Home.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
Professional basketball player Kris Humphries played for the National Basketball Association's Jazz, Raptors, Mavericks, Nets, Celtics, Wizards, Suns and Hawks. With all due respect to his many, many fans, he didn't leave an enormous mark on the athletic landscape. However, he will forever be the answer to the popular trivia question "Who was Kim Kardashian's second husband?"
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
With all the Brangelina headlines, we already wondered if you had forgotten about Angelina Jolie's marriage to Jonny Lee Miller (above). Now that you're caught up there, there's more news on the Angelina front — another divorce in her past.
Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney
Country superstars and Hollywood stars aren't always obvious matrimonial matches. Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney were an exception — briefly. They met at NBC's Concert of Hope fundraiser for tsunami victims in January 2005. Their unlikely relationship was kept under wraps for months but then unveiled when Zellweger delivered a margarita — and a kiss — to Chesney on stage.
George Clooney and Talia Balsam
Who was the ultimate eligible bachelor of the 2000s? For many, George Clooney would be right at the top of the list. Of course, he was married in 2014 to British lawyer Amal Alamuddin, so he is no longer a bachelor at all, but did you realize that Alamuddin wasn’t his first wife at all?
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito
Remember that time at the 91st Annual Academy Awards when Bradley Cooper cozied up sooooo closely to Lady Gaga during their performance? One of the other memorable performances of the night was the one by Cooper's supermodel girlfriend, Irina Shayk, who seemed entirely unbothered by the whole thing.
Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett
If Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney were an unlikely pair, hold on to your cowboy hat and pompadour. In 1993, two sets of very different fans were shocked to hear of a wedding between Pretty Woman Julia Roberts and country crooner Lyle Lovett. A whirlwind three-week romance led to a June 1993 elopement and wedding in Indiana.
Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose
Rapper, singer, songwriter and actor Wiz Khalifa (a.k.a. Cameron Jibril Thomaz) began dating model and actress Amber Rose (a.k.a. Amber Levonchuck) in 2011. Rose had previously dated rapper Kanye West.
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting
Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco was married to professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting from December 2013 to September 2015 after originally dating for three months. Sweeting’s highest ranking was No. 64 in the world in September 2011. He had a career match record of 35 wins and 57 losses, but in his marriage to Cuoco, he had a solid zero wins.
Kim Cattrall and Mark Levinson
Kim Cattrall and Mark Levinson wrote a book together in 2002 called Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm. Reviews were not all glowing. The Guardian said, "The instructions come straight out of a conjuring manual." No word on what the newspaper had to say about the authors' marriage.
Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray
One Tree Hill was a television drama series that followed the lives of half-brothers Nathan Scott and Lucas Scott, played by James Lafferty and Chad Michael Murray, respectively. The cast also included Sophia Bush.
Tea Leoni and David Duchovny
David Duchovny played Fox Mulder in the television series The X-Files alongside Gillian (Scully) Anderson for 202 episodes. Fans enthralled with the series could be forgiven for forgetting that there was a real man behind the beloved character and a real-world wife behind that man.
Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez
Let us count the ways you know Jennifer Lopez, probably better known to you as J-Lo. She is currently engaged to former Yankee Alex Rodriguez, but he won’t be her first husband or her second or even her third. Lopez has been divorced three times. Her exes include Ojani Noa, Cris Judd and Marc Anthony.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand
After years of dating and breaking up and dating again, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are engaged! New love is exciting, but it doesn't erase the past, and there's a former Mr. Katy Perry out there: Russell Brand.