Celebrity Breakups: 21 Couples Who Called It Quits This Year
Date November 16, 2016
In addition to being the year of the long-awaited-album-drop (looking at you, RiRi and Frank Ocean), Pokémon Go, and highly-coveted tour merch, we can officially confirm that 2016 has also been the year of the celebrity breakup.
It hasn’t been long since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt (our hearts shattered upon hearing the news since they really were the poster children for making anything work). And now, according to reports, yet another high-profile duo have called it quits: Bella Hadid and The Weeknd are the latest couple to part ways after nearly two years together.
Over the past months, we’ve witnessed the good, the bad, and the ugly of the celeb split. Some parted ways on amicable terms, like Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney, who will forever give us all of the feels, while others didn’t (Hiddleswift, obv).
To bring you up to speed on all of the drama, we’ve rounded up the buzziest celebrity breakups in 2016 complete with all of the details you need to know.
Celebrity breakups: Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have ended their relationship, according to a tweet by Minaj. “To confirm, yes I am single. Focusing on my work & looking forward to sharing it with you guys really soon.”
Celebrity breakups: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
According to TMZ, Jolie filed for divorce September 19. The pair were together since 2004 and got married in 2014. The split is reportedly due to differences in opinion on parenting.
Celebrity breakups: Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
Although they were never married, Watts and Schreiber were together for 11 years and have two sons. News of this breakup makes us sad, especially since the pair came to Toronto for TIFF just a few weeks ago. Check out their statement here.
Celebrity breakups: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
After 15 months of marriage, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard found themselves in a whirlwind divorce this summer. The pair met on set in 2009 for The Rum Diaries, and began dating in 2012. The actors married in February 2015, and in May 2016 Heard claimed in court documents that Depp hurled a cellphone at her face during an argument. Of course, Depp’s loved ones came to his defence, but by the end of May the divorce had been finalized. Heard received a 7-million dollar settlement from Depp, which she then donated to charity.
Celebrity breakups: Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart
The 47-year-old singer dumped her 29-year-old boyfriend (the two began dating in 2011) because he chose to watch a UFC match in Vegas over accompanying her to a charity event in the Hamptons. This isn’t the first time Lopez and Smart have called it quits—the couple broke up in 2014, and reconciled a year later.
Celebrity breakups: Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney
Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney were together for five years before calling off their engagement in July. Gaga posted a photo on Instagram in which she wrote that the two have always believed they were soul mates, and are simply taking a break. She ended the post by asking everyone for their support and love. Cue the collective “awwww”s.
Celebrity breakups: Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama
Lovato and Valderrama’s relationship made headlines six years ago, primarily because of their age difference. This June the pair decided to part ways.
Celebrity breakups: Zac Efron and Sami Miro
This twosome ended their romance of two years for reasons unknown. The Neighbors and High School Musical star promptly deleted all evidence of their relationship from his Instagram, and even unfollowed Miro on social media. Yikes!
Celebrity breakups: Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson
Kruger and Jackson (oh, hey Pacey) ended their 10-year-romance in July. The two reportedly stated that they wanted to remain friends, and were spotted together out-and-about earlier this month. Fingers crossed they’ll get back together.
Celebrity breakups: Dakota Johnson and Matthew Hitt
Actress Dakota Johnson and Matthew Hitt (of indie-rock band Drowners) called it quits in June; however, this isn’t the first time they’ve split up. The pair broke up in 2015, but got back together.
Celebrity breakups: Khloé Kardashian and James Harden
Khloé and Houston Rockets’ James Harden put an end to their romance in February. The reason behind the split was never confirmed by either one of the parties; however, Khloé did take to her website to discuss the woes of breaking up while in the spotlight.
Celebrity breakups: Lea Michele and Robert Buckley
Actors Lea Michele and Robert Buckley began dating while filming for the upcoming sci-fi series Dimension 404. The couple split in July, after three short months together.
Celebrity breakups: Adriana Lima and Joe Thomas
The famous Victoria’s Secret Angel and Thomas ended their fling (they were spotted in Cannes back in May) earlier this month.
Celebrity breakups: James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff
James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff, who met each other on set while filming for the TV show Shameless filed for divorced after being married for 10 years. They released a statement ensuring they still had love for one another, while asking for privacy during this time.
Celebrity breakups: Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman
After nearly four years of marriage, Barrymore and Kopelman ended their relationship in April. Barrymore brought up the separation during a segment of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show, admitting that it brought on feelings of failure.
Celebrity breakups: Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter
These famous Brits began dating two years ago, and captured the hearts of their respective fan-bases (Poynter is of the popular British band McFly). After countless adorable IG posts, Goulding and Poynter called it quits in February due to their hectic schedules.
Celebrity breakups: Kat Von D and Steve-O
In December 2015, tattoo artist Kat Von D and Steve-O (of Jackass fame) publicly confirmed their relationship after posting pics of themselves kissing on Instagram. By March 2016, the couple split and, of course, took down all of their photos from their IG accounts.
Celebrity breakups: Nina Dobrev and Austin Stowell
Toronto-raised actress Nina Dobrev and fellow actor Austin Stowell (who played roles in Bridge of Spies and Whiplash) ended their 7-month relationship earlier this year. The reason as to why they broke up has yet to be addressed.
Celebrity breakups: Kristen Dunst and Garrett Hedlund
Dunst and Hedlund called it quits in April after more than four years of dating; The pair met each other during filming for 2011’s On The Road. There were rumours of an engagement between the two, but their recent split has put those to rest.
Celebrity breakups: Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris
After 15 months, and numerous lovey-dovey pics, Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris broke up earlier this summer, merely a week after Harris was involved in a car accident. What appeared to be a smooth breakup took a turn for the worst when both parties deleted all evidence their romance from their IG accounts. And then there was Hiddleswift, which we don’t even want to get into.
Celebrity breakups: Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston
After three months of cringe-inducing Instagrams and public displays of affection, the infamous couple decided to part ways.
Celebrity breakups: Bella Hadid and Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
According to People.com, the couple has parted ways after a year and a half together due to busy schedules.