Even if marriages are made in heaven, breakups happen right here on earth. Celebrities are as human as the rest of us, and every once in a while, they decide to part ways with their once better halves. One price you have to pay for being a celebrity is being in public eye almost all the time. Irrespective of whether a separation is messy or part of “conscious uncoupling,” there is no escaping the public glare. Here are separations that made headlines in 2016.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
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In 2014, Angelina and Brad surprised the world by announcing their wedding. A bigger shock came in the form of Angelina filing for divorce, in September 2016. Jolie retains sole custody of all six children, while Brad is making do with “therapeutic visits” for now.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
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In January 2014, People magazine was first to report Depp and Heard were getting married. They got married on February 3, 2015, in a ceremony on Depp's private island in the Bahamas. The couple separated in May 2016, with Heard officially filing for divorce on May 23. Allegations of abuse soon ensued, leading to a public spectacle that still continues today.
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris
Taylor and Calvin first crossed paths on February 24, 2015, at the Elle Style Awards in the U.K., with Ellie Goulding apparently introducing them. The next day, they met again, at the Brit Awards. By March 2015, after Calvin's split from Aarika Wolf, he and Taylor were dating. In the same month, they were spotted kissing at a Kenny Chesney's Nashville concert.
The couple decided to part ways a year later, ending their relationship in July 2016. Things took an ugly turn after Calvin slammed Taylor on Twitter.
Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim-Cage
Nicolas and Alice met in February 2004, and got married in July of the same year. Their 20 year age difference ensured the wedding made headlines. While it was Alice’s first marriage, it was Nicolas’ third. After 11 years of marriage, they parted ways in June 2016. While they have an 11-year son Kal-El together, Nicolas has another son from model Kristina Fulton. Nicolas and Alice are currently entangled in an epic custody battle over Kal-El.
Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney
Gaga had gushed to Entertainment Tonight that Taylor’s proposal to her in February 2015 was “so special.” He proposed with an actual candy Ring Pop. When she said yes, he quickly followed up with a heart-shaped diamond ring, valued at around $500,000. After five years together, the couple ended their engagement in July 2016. They maintain they’re simply taking a break from each other. What the future for this couple holds, we’ll have to wait and see.
Some other famous couples who decided to go their separate ways this year include Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman, The Weeknd and Bella Hadid, Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama, Dennis Quaid and Kimberly Quaid, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts, Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy, Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Lockwood, Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs, Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian, and Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix.