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8 Famous Hollywood Divorces ...

By Lyndsie

Famous Hollywood Divorces tend to rock the world, even though the public is never actively involved in them. The recent split between Jennifer Lopez and Marc Antony, which will almost certainly lead to another divorce for JLo, got me thinking about other famous Hollywood divorces – or should I say infamous divorces? Some of them were shocking, some of them were kind of expected, and some of them were just heartbreaking – and in this list of famous Hollywood divorces, you’ll find several of each!

1 Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt

Jennifer Aniston and Brad PittThis might well be the most famous Hollywood divorce in recent memory, simply because Brad and Jen were like the original golden couple. They seemed so right together, the world fantasized about what beautiful babies they would make, then rumors suddenly started to surface, and the next thing anyone knew, Branjelina had been created out of the ashes. They went on to have lots of babies and Jen went on to talk excessively about having them.

2 Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

Tom Cruise and Nicole KidmanRumors surrounded this power couple almost from the first, but they seemed immune. Tom, gay? Nicole, a beard? Of course not! And if you ventured this opinion, you got sued. Still, it seemed certain they’d go the distance, so the announcement of their divorce came as an abrupt surprise. Many (and by that, I mean me) think that Nicole was the stabilizing influence that kept Tom off the crazy train. Witness Oprah.

3 Demi Moore and Bruce Willis

Demi Moore and Bruce WillisThis split qualifies as a famous Hollywood divorce because it, too, seemed so sudden to the public. As a couple, Bruce and Demi seemed above reproach, so it was sad to hear that they were splitting up. However, they are also famous because they prove that no divorce has to be bitter and acrimonious. Alec Baldwin and Kim Bassinger, I’m looking at you.

4 Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey

Jessica Simpson and Nick LacheyWhy so famous? Because Jessica and Nick themselves were so famous, of course. In a way, the public got to see the destiny of their marriage played out. Since they took their time and actually courted each other, for a hot minute there it seemed like maybe it was a match made in bubblegum pop heaven … and then we saw Newlyweds and realized their days were totally numbered.

5 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Lucille Ball and Desi ArnazAn oldie but a goodie, this might just be one of the most famous Hollywood divorces of all time. Seen on “I Love Lucy,” these two moguls bickered, sure, but everyone in America thought they loved each other in a particularly noisy way. News of how their real-life marriage actually played out shocked the nation, and news of their divorce broke its heart. You might as well have suggested that Dick and Laura Petrie were splitting.

6 Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

Whitney Houston and Bobby BrownWhen these two first got married, fans and haters alike were sure a divorce was just a few months away. However, time went on, and they were very vocal about being in love. Sure, they went to court a lot, and they were violent with each other a lot, but it turns out that their erratic behavior and, ahem, extracurricular activities may have been keeping them together the whole time. Just as we came to the decision that they were together because no one else could put up with them, they split.

7 Rene Zellweger and Kenny Chesney

Rene Zellweger and Kenny ChesneyThis counts as a famous Hollywood divorce because of the nature of the split. What fraud? How was Kenny fraudulent, Rene? So many rumors ran rampant because of the info on her request for divorce that it’ll be a wonder if Kenny ever takes off his hat.

8 Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon

Ryan Phillippe and Reese WitherspoonThis made me so sad. It still does. I wish they’d get back together! I love Ryan Phillippe like crazy, and Reese was the only girl I could stand seeing him with – until he started dating Amanda Seyfried, but even that’s over now. Ryan and Reese were beautiful together, and their split’s famous by virtue of being heartbreaking.

No matter what you think of the celebrity in question, all of these famous Hollywood divorces are sad at heart. It’s always sad when a family gets broken apart, and it seems to happen so often among the stars. You have to wonder what keeps them from holding on to love – or perhaps the crux of many of these famous Hollywood divorces is that so many celebs marry in haste and are left to repent in leisure. Which famous Hollywood divorces shocked you?

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