Considering the trend of divorces among Hollywood celebrities, it appears as if they venture into a marriage only with a persistent thought of divorce somewhere in their subconscious mind.Celebrity divorces are no more a shock or surprise for fans, but they surely serve as exciting tidbits for regular consumers of Hollywood paparazzi news. Bigger the celebrities, spicier are their separation saga. So, here are the ten most famous Hollywood divorces since 2000.
1. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
The fairytale romance of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston first turned into a stormy marriage and then ended into a divorce. Once, the most adorable couple around, gave in to ???fear, mistrust, doubt and insecurities??? as Aniston was heard saying. The problems had started long before Pitt flipped for Angelina Jolie. Though till now, most of fingers still point towards Angelina, deeper investigations reveals the other way round. Aniston had been desiring divorce long before they announced their separation in 2005. The coupled had drifted apart because of career gap they had between them. Aniston was yearning to make into movies, but wasn???t successful. She also suffered a miscarriage, and after that they could never agree to have kids again, which made their relationship even bitterer.
Finally, citing irreconcilable differences, Aniston filed for divorce on August 19, 2005 and decided to end their 4-1/2 year???s marriage. Now Brad Pitt is happily married to Angelina Jolie, Jen???s cool with on and off relationship John Mayer.
2. Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton, who met on the set of the 1999 movie “Pushing Tin???, had short yet colorful marriage. After two months??? courtship, they wed in Las Vegas and cherished every moment they spent together getting tattoos with each other’s names and wearing vials filled with each other’s blood. The media used to go gaga of the display they made of their love for each other.
Citing ???irreconcilable differences???, Jolie filed for divorce in July 2002. Before filing for divorce, Jolie had told in an interview that she and Thornton had been living apart in separate hotels and had not seen each other since June 3.
However, Thornton seemed totally taken a back and couldn???t cite a single specific reason for their split. He was quoted by Associated Press as saying, ???It was like, say you’re going to a nightclub one night with your friends and you’re in line and the next thing you know there are guys with helicopters and there’s machine-gun fire and you don’t know what happened. And that’s kind of like what our breakup was like.??? Jolie, however, preferred keeping mum on the entire issue and gave just a single remark, ???Sometimes you don’t see things coming, even though they are happening.???
3. Guy Ritchie and Madonna
Guy Ritchie and Madonna ended all the speculations about problems in their marriage on October 15, 2008, announcing that they have ended their eight-year marriage. Not the end but the fact that marriage had lasted so long, was the actual shock. Their relationship seemed dubious right from the first time the stepped out in 1998. How a relationship between biggest pop sensation and a little-known British film director 10 years her junior could last, was what every one was thinking at that time.
However, the couple agreed to separate after seven-and-a-half years of marriage. Guy wanted it so badly that he couldn???t wait to announce their divorce in public as he couldn???t ???bear to live with the pretense any longer???. He said, he was fed up of their routine rounds of arguments over Madonna???s obsession with her career and her desire to adopt another child. He accused her being obsessed with being seen as some kind of global soothsayer, while he just desired a regular husband and wife relationship.
Madonna will pay her ex between $76 million and $92 million, which is assumed to be the largest payouts ever in a divorce settlement.
4. Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
She had long risen to fame and was already a legend. He was just an emerging actor, little lesser popular than her. He desired her passionately and grew to rule Hollywood with his unbridled talent. And one day he won her to be his leading lady. Love saga of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise had it all. But as all good things have to end, so did their ideal marriage. They shocked the world in 2001, when they announced the end of their 10 years??? marriage.
Though specific reasons for split are not disclosed, an unauthorised biography of Tom Cruise which portrays Kidman not as his ideal lady but rather a moody, cold and demanding person, is assumed as one of the pain streaks.
Cruise and Kidman had two adopted children, Isabella, 8, and Conor, 6. Claiming “irreconcilable differences”, Cruise filed for divorce in 2001. However, bad times couldn???t shake the spirits of brave mother, and she???s determined to take care of her children all on her own.
5. Bruce Willis and Demi Moore
Once one of the most popular Hollywood couples around, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore culminated their 13-year-long marriage in 2000. They had three kids together, Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah. The ???ex-???couple has maintained a cordial relationship post divorce for the sake of their children.
They separated in 1998 and filed for divorce in October 2000 for a settlement of £52m. While Demi Moore has now found her love in Ashton Kutcher, whom she has also secretly married, Bruce Willis has also married 30-year-old La Senza and Victoria’s Secret model Emma Heming on March 21, this year.
6. Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon
Pamela Anderson keeps struggling with her on and off marriage with her new husband Rick Salomon, an infamous porn star. She filed for divorce with him as quickly as she married him. The couple married on Oct. 6, 2007 during an hour-and-a-half break between two shows Anderson was performing.
In December 2007, she filed for divorce with him in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences, just a day after their break-up. Fortunately or unfortunately, this was not the end, just days later after the filing of divorce, bewildered Anderson called it off, saying that they???re working out the things. However, TMZ reports that despite being pregnant now she???s again proceeding with the divorce. The couple that married in October 6 barely stayed together and separated after just 2 months. Probably, Anderson can???t reconcile if really the differences between them are irreconcilable.
7. Jennifer Lopez and Chris Judd
Separation of Jennifer Lopez and Chris Judd was pretty much on the cards as her decision to marry him, one of her dancers, came from nowhere and that too only months after she broke up with P. Diddy.
They wed on September 29, 2001, and split eight months later. The rumors had it that J-Lo wanted to settle again with P.Diddy, but she most likely would have taken on Gigli???s Ben Affleck, who went gaga about her when talking to a newspaper. The ink of her divorce hadn???t even dried, and J-Lo was already singing love songs with Affleck. Nevertheless, their one-year marriage had ended as undying love of Chris Judd for J-Lo couldn???t stop her from choosing her own ways.
8. Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
She realized it, but a bit late. Britney Spears filed for divorce from rapper-dancer Kevin Federline on Nov. 8, 2006. ???I think I married for the wrong reasons. Instead of following my heart and doing something that made me really happy, I just did it for the idea of everything.??? Britney was quoted as saying.
Unfortunately, it took two years for Britney to realize that a guy who can leave her girlfriend pregnant to live with her cannot be trust worthy. Reports had it that Kevin was constantly spending up her money on partying and stuff. There were also reports of his infidelity. However, Britney has decided to get rid of him and wants custody of their two children as well as spousal support.
9. Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
The paparazzi had been rightly following Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown for years on speculations about their upcoming divorce. They were married for 13 years and had one child together. Houston was worn out because of constant arrests of Bobby, his physical abuse against her and his infidelity. Her life was ruined and drugs and alcohol was all which she had surrendered herself to. She couldn???t take it any longer and decided to end it all and filed for divorce.
10. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
As Reese???s career went to skyrocketing success, and her husband Ryan Phillipe was merely doing average their separation didn???t took anyone by surprise. Rumored infidelity made the matters even worse leading Reese ultimately to file for divorce. Earlier the couple had put their marriage over their careers, but like many other celeb divorces, here also one spouse had a hotter career, so their relationship also gave in to envy and mistrust.
The couple separated on October 30, 2006, and their divorce was finalized on June 12, 2008.
Infidelity or coincidence, whatever the reason be, Hollywood witnesses a divorce almost every week. It seems that among Hollywood celebrities divorces are more certain than marriages. Renowned author Jackie Collins in her titillating novel ???Hollywood Divorces??? has rightly remarked that in the glamorous Hollywood, vanity is a virtue, and fidelity means not sleeping with anyone less attractive than your spouse.