Celebrities seem to get together and split up at a rapid-fire pace. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of which couples are still hanging tough and which stars have been over each other for months. But no matter how rich and famous someone might be, breaking up is always hard to do. Whether they were married for decades or were just together for a few brief weeks of romance, these stars became members of the celebrity broken hearts club in 2018.
Many fans didn’t realize that one major Hollywood legend was even married!
Hayden Panettiere & Wladimir Klitschko
In August, Heroes and Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere set tongues wagging when she was spotted out at a Hollywood nightspot with a man who was definitely not her long-term fiancé, former professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko. A smiling Panettiere and her mystery man even danced for paparazzi in a restaurant parking lot, clearly having a blast.
Just days later, the actress’ mother cleared things up and confirmed that the couple had indeed split up. But she stressed that they were still good friends and had even recently gone on vacation together with their daughter.
Robert De Niro & Grace Hightower
After an off-and-on, 21-year-long relationship and two children together, the iconic actor Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower announced in November that they’d be splitting for good. De Niro has always kept his personal life out of the spotlight as much as possible, meaning that some fans were unaware that he was even married.
The De Niro-Hightower union wasn’t always a smooth ride, with at least one separation and custody battle over the years before the couple renewed their vows in 2004. After revealing the news of their divorce, De Niro issued a statement saying, “I honor Grace as a wonderful mother and ask for privacy and respect from all as we proceed to develop our roles as partners in parenting.”
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John Cena & Nikki Bella
After calling off their wedding in April, John Cena and Nikki Bella tried to patch things up. But it just wasn’t meant to be. In July, Bella told People, “After I called off the engagement, we tried to work on our relationship to get back to where it was… [but] after much time and soul-searching alone and together, we have decided to officially part ways.”
The WWE superstar and former Divas champ became engaged at WrestleMania 2017, after dating for five years. Their breakup was aired as part of the E! reality series Total Bellas, which followed Nikki and her twin sister Brie.
Jack Osbourne & Lisa Stelly Osbourne
Just three months after they welcomed their third child together, Lisa Stelly filed for divorce from Jack Osbourne. Osbourne, the son of heavy metal legend Ozzy and his wife Sharon, married Lisa Stelly after only four months of dating but they were married for six years.
In a joint Instagram statement in May 2018, the couple announced their sad news. “What’s best for our family right now is that we separate lovingly and remain best friends.” In August, police were called amid reports that Osbourne had punched Lisa’s new boyfriend in the head during an argument. Mother Sharon Osbourne expressed sadness about the entire situation, telling People, “They love each other, [but] they can’t live with each other.”
The next duo couldn’t work together and their relationship suffered as a result
Natalie Dormer & Anthony Byrne
English actress and Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer announced in November 2018 that she and her director fiancé Anthony Byrne were calling it quits after 11 years together. Apparently, working closely together on a film project had just been too difficult for the couple, with Dormer telling You magazine that they had been arguing a lot.
“Couples say terrible things to each other that you would never say to your best friend. We learned very quickly that we couldn’t write in the same room,” she admitted. “Doors got slammed at various points and I wouldn’t necessarily rush into writing with Anthony again.” Even so, they both say that they maintain a deep respect for one another.
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Jeff Garlin & Marla Garlin
On the day after their 23rd wedding anniversary in July, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Goldbergs actor Jeff Garlin and his wife Marla Garlin became separated. Less than two months later, Garlin officially filed for divorce. Court documents which were made public indicate that irreconcilable differences were the reason for his filing.
Marla was initially the seven-time Emmy nominee’s agent, years before their 1994 marriage. The couple had two sons together, now both adults. According to reports, Garlin was willing to pay Marla spousal support but he refused to pay for her legal fees.
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Pete Davidson & Ariana Grande
Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande might just have one of the most talked-about relationships and breakups of 2018. The SNL star and singer began an unlikely and whirlwind relationship in May, just two weeks after Grande and her rapper boyfriend Mac Miller broke up. Davidson and Grande confirmed their engagement and moved in together by June. Sadly, Miller died of a drug overdose in September. Davidson and Grande broke up the following month.
Grande’s team provided this statement upon news of the breakup: “Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend.” Then in December, Davidson made suicidal implications on social media, causing many to think he wasn’t over the breakup.
Jillian Michaels & Heidi Rhoades
In June, The Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels and her fiancee Heidi Rhoades announced that they were calling off their wedding and splitting up. Michaels posted the news to Instagram, saying that she and Rhoades had “found we’re better friends and parents living apart than staying together. Life and people can change but our love for one another and commitment to raising our two kids as an inseparable team remains.”
She then thanked her fans for their support. The pair had been together since 2009 and have a son and a daughter together.
Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus
An addiction to alcohol is reportedly what caused Good Will Hunting actor Ben Affleck’s split from girlfriend Lindsay Shookus in August 2018. Shookus, a Saturday Night Live producer, called it quits a year into the relationship because of Affleck’s heavy drinking.
The break-up is said to have been difficult for Affleck, who checked into rehab for the third time later in the year. His former wife, Jennifer Garner, staged an intervention and assisted him to a treatment facility. After leaving rehab, Affleck posted a heartfelt message to Instagram: “The support I have received from my family, colleagues, and fans means more to me than I can say,” he wrote. “It’s given me the strength to support and speak about my illness with others.”
Cardi B & Offset
On the morning of December 5, rapper and singer Cardi B announced on social media that she and her rapper husband Offset would be getting divorced. The news came as a shock to her followers, as the two had just welcomed a baby together in July.
In the video announcement, Cardi B said the cause of the split-up was that they had simply fallen “out of love” and that she’d always care for Offset. Things aren’t always so simple, though. Soon after the announcement, TMZ reported that Offset had allegedly tried to initiate a threesome with two other women — a claim that has not been confirmed.
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Jonathan Scott & Jacinta Kuznetsov
Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott and producer Jacinta Kuznetsov met and began dating in 2015. They were together for two years before suddenly announcing that they were calling it quits in April 2018. Both Scott and Kuznetsov insisted that the breakup was mutual and that they were going to try and remain on good terms.
But just seven months after her split from Scott, Kuznetsov took to Instagram to announce that she was already engaged to someone she knew even before she dated the Property Brothers co-host. “Thank you for your friendship for six years, my love,” she wrote to her new fiancé. “I am grateful we figured it all out. And thank you for asking me to be your bff forever #yesyesyes.” Ouch.
Logan Paul & Chloe Bennet
The controversial YouTuber Logan Paul and his actress girlfriend Chloe Bennet split up in October 2018. A friend of the couple’s told ET that “They very much care about each other but their lives are not compatible right now. They’re taking time to just focus on themselves, ” said the source.
Paul faced massive backlash earlier in 2018 for posting a disturbing video, appearing to show the body of a suicide victim, on his popular vlog. Paul deleted the video and apologized for it, with Bennet supporting him in an interview. “I think growth comes from making mistakes,” she explained.
Larry Caputo & Theresa Caputo
After nearly 30 years of marriage, Long Island Medium’s Theresa Caputo and her husband Larry finalized their divorce in December 2018. They had separated a year before, and Larry told TMZ in early 2018 that he was already involved in a new romantic relationship.
Theresa issued a statement to People about the split after their divorce was finalized. “We shared 28 wonderful years together and have two beautiful children, Larry Jr. and Victoria. We will continue to support each other and remain friends,” she said.
Kourtney Kardashian & Younes Bendjima
In what some news outlets called “an explosive breakup,” Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima called it quits in August of 2018. News of the rift came shortly after TMZ published photos of model Bendjima, who’s 14 years younger than Kardashian, snuggling with another woman in Mexico.
Kourtney and Younes started dating in 2016. They initially met in a Paris club on what turned out to be the night before Kourtney’s uber-famous sister Kim was robbed at gunpoint, and started dating publicly a few months later. After news of his Mexican fling broke, Bendjima took to social media with a defensive statement. “They really want me to be the bad guy. [Expletive] your Hollywood [expletive], can’t have fun with your friends no more,” he penned.
Paris Hilton & Chris Zylka
Socialite and heiress Paris Hilton became engaged and then called things off, all within the span of 2018. In January, she and actor Chris Zylka announced that they’d be tying the knot in November. But by the middle of their planned wedding month, the couple had completely split up.
Hilton explained the reasoning to E! News. “I’ve always been obsessed with Disney stories and love stories and I thought it was going to be my happy ending, and I just realized after time it wasn’t the right decision,” she said.
Christiane Amanpour & Jamie Rubin
Here’s another long-term relationship that some fans might not have been aware of. Christiane Amanpour and Jamie Rubin, who have been called ” the golden couple of the media/foreign policy nexus,” announced in June that they were divorcing after 20 years of marriage.
The two insist that they’ll remain friends as they continue to pursue their busy careers. Amanpour is a British-Iranian journalist who’s the Chief International Anchor for CNN as well as the host/anchor of three different news programs. Rubin, a columnist and editor, served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under Bill Clinton. The former spouses had a child together in 2000 — talk about balancing work and home life with those résumés.
Halsey & G-Eazy
In celebrity-dom, one surefire way to tell that a couple has split up is that they’ve stopped following each other on social media. Singer Halsey and rapper/producer G-Eazy rode a relationship rollercoaster in 2018, making up and breaking up several times. But in October, they appeared to have split for good.
One source told People that G-Eazy’s behavior was the cause. “He was partying over the weekend and girls were all over him. He didn’t care who saw.” And after this latest split, the two of them stopped following each other on Instagram. Uh oh.
Kendra Wilkinson & Hank Baskett
Television personality and former glamour model Kendra Wilkinson rose to fame as one of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends, but in recent years she’s been romantically tied to retired NFL player Hank Baskett. They were married for eight years and had two children together.
The relationship was strained and marred by public scandals, but nevertheless, Wilkinson was sad when it ended. In April, she opened up on Instagram: “Sometimes love looks funny. We are told to make sacrifices in life if it’s true love well in this case it’s me. I want to see happy Hank again… I miss that…. Thank you Hank for a beautiful 8 years of marriage and 2 beautiful kids. I feel so thankful and blessed.”
Even Harry Potter stars suffer through breakups.
Emma Watson & Chord Overstreet
After a brief but intense (and private) romance, Harry Potter star Emma Watson and Glee actor Chord Overstreet broke up midway through the year. The two never officially announced their couple status but were spotted getting cozy together on several instances beginning in early 2018.
In June, a source told Page Six that “they spent a lot of time together in Los Angeles and were photographed quite a bit just a couple of months ago.” Alas, their fling didn’t last. “But things just haven’t worked out between them, and they are both now single again,” the friend explained.
Brandon Jenner & Leah Jenner
Brandon Jenner might be best known for being the son of the retired Olympic star Caitlyn Jenner (his stepmom is Kris Kardashian) but in more recent years he’s made a name for himself as half of the indie-pop duo Brandon & Leah. The group’s other member is Brandon’s now-ex-wife Leah, whose dad is the former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. Brandon and Leah announced their separation, after 14 years as a couple, on Instagram in September.
"Even though we have chosen to separate as a couple, we still love one another very, very much and remain a major part of each other’s lives — as best friends, family and loving parents to our daughter. There has been no lying or cheating or fighting that prompted this change," they clarified in the post, "just an expansion of our individual evolution which has inspired us to support each other in a new way."