When you just can't stay together, there's only one option: breaking up. Wonderwall.com is revisiting the biggest splits of 2016 so far, starting with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. When news surfaced that Angelina was calling time on her marriage to Brad in September, it came as a shock to many who assumed Brangelina was forever. The actress and humanitarian filed for divorce on Sept. 19 after nearly 12 years with her partner, whom she married in 2014, triggering a nasty custody battle over their six children. Keep reading for more of the biggest celeb splits of 2016…
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Mariah Carey and James Packer called it quits in October, but the drama hasn't ended quite yet. TMZ reported that the couple ended their relationship — and engagement — after fighting about Mariah's reality show. There was also an alleged incident that took place on a yacht in Greece that prompted Mariah to bail, though other reports insist James pulled the plug because there was just too much drama — including over prenup negotiations.
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Marc Anthony and third wife Shannon De Lima split in November after two years of marriage. The news came just one day after he shared a kiss — on the lips! — with ex-wife Jennifer Lopez on stage at the Latin Grammys. Shannon was noticeably missing from the award ceremony in Las Vegas, and Marc was not wearing his wedding ring.
Naya Rivera and her husband of over two years, actor Ryan Dorsey, split in November 2016. In her divorce filing, Naya asked for custody of their 1-year-old son, with Ryan only getting visitation rights.
Kate Beckinsale's husband of 12 years, director Len Wiseman, filed for divorce on Oct. 25, though news of the couple's separation made headlines back in November 2015 when Len was spotted out with 24-year-old model C.J. Franco. He cited irreconcilable differences in his filing.
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The Weeknd and Bella Hadid ended their 18-month romance in November. "Their schedules have been too hard to coordinate and he is focusing on finishing and promoting his album," a source told People magazine. "They still have a great deal of love for one another and will remain friends."
On-off couple Rihanna and Drake veered over to "off again" this fall, seven years after they first met in Toronto, sparking a long (and complicated) friendship-slash-romance that seemed to have become serious in the spring of this year. Since then, the two have gotten matching tattoos, Drake's professed his love for Rihanna onstage at the MTV VMAs and they've appeared at each other's concerts regularly. But a source told E! News in early October that Rihanna didn't "want to be held down" just as Drake was spotted out with India Love.
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber announced their separation on Sept. 26 after 11 years together. The couple, who started dating in 2005 and never married, share two children together, 9-year-old son Sasha and 7-year-old son Samuel. They issued a joint statement explaining their split to Us Weekly: "Over the past few months we've come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple. It is with great love, respect and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship. While we appreciate your curiosity and support, we ask the press to be mindful of our children and respect their right to privacy."
It wasn't a good year for love for the Packers! Seal and Erica Packer called it quits in December. The singer and the Australian model and former wife of James Packer started dating in July 2015 but split before the end of the year.
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart called it quits in August. A source told People, "It wasn't anything dramatic and they were on good terms — it just came to a natural end. They will remain friends and they see each other, but they are not together. It was very amiable." Casper was a dancer for Jennifer's tour when they met in 2011. They'd been dating on and off since 2012.
Ryan Phillippe and Paulina Slagter ended their engagement in November after nearly five years together. The actor and the Stanford University Law School student got engaged over the Christmas holidays in 2015.
Vanilla Ice's wife Laura Giaritta filed for divorce on Oct. 19. She and the rapper-turned-home renovator were married for nearly 20 years and have two teenage daughters together.
In August 2016, Josh Groban and Kat Dennings broke up after nearly two years of dating. "It was a mutual breakup," a source told E! News at the time. "They are still friends and care about each other, but it's not the right time for them now as a couple."
In October, Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer split after nine years of marriage. "After much soul searching and consideration we have made the decision to separate as a couple," they said in a joint statement. "As devoted parents, our first priority remains raising our children together with enduring love, respect and friendship." They share two children: 9-year-old daughter Ruby and 7-year-old son Otis.
Bella Thorne and Gregg Sulkin called it quits after a year of dating, confirming the news to Us Weekly on Aug. 15. Shortly after their split announcement, Bella revealed that she's bisexual. On Sept. 18, news broke that Bella was in a new relationship with actor Tyler Posey.
Iggy Azalea broke up with NBA star Nick Young and explained why in a tweet on June 30. "I have never even been told by nick that his baby mother is pregnant so if this is true I'm finding out via E news," she tweeted. "I broke up with Nick because I found out he had brought other women into our home while I was away and caught them on the security footage." The couple faced a cheating scandal back in March. At the time, Iggy released a statement that read, "Unfortunately, although I love Nick and I have tried and tried to rebuild my trust in him — It's become apparent in the last few weeks I am unable to." Iggy and Nick got engaged on June 1, 2015.
It was revealed on June 1 that Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris had called it quits after a 15-month run. The two, who originally linked up in March 2015, reportedly split because Calvin was ready to move on after feeling intimidated by Taylor's fame. Barely two weeks later, she was photographed kissing Tom Hiddleston. But that one didn't last either…
The relationship between Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston took off like a rocket ship in June. For three months, they were inseparable and many people were hearing wedding bells. But on Sept. 6, it was reported that the couple dubbed Hiddleswift had split.
Justin Bieber and Sofia Richie had a fast and feverish six-week romance in the summer of 2016. It ended without much fanfare in mid-September. According to reports, neither was very serious about the relationship in the first place.
Young love usually doesn't last forever, even for the rich and famous! News that Brooklyn Beckham and Chloe Grace Moretz called it quits broke via Page Six on Aug. 31. The young stars had been dating on and off since 2014.
Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga split after five years together. Who ultimately pulled the plug on their engagement isn't known, but they were rarely seen with each other in the months leading up to their split, which was reported on July 19.
Amber Heard filed to divorce Johnny Depp on May 23, citing irreconcilable differences, after about 15 months of marriage. The split got contentious very quickly, with Amber alleging he'd abused her. They ultimately settled with no admission of wrongdoing on either side — and with Johnny forking over millions to charity per Amber's request.
Christie Brinkley and John Mellencamp called it quits in the summer of 2016 after a year of dating. While a rep initially blamed distance and scheduling for the split, insiders claimed John's "cowboy" ways and dislike of the Hamptons scene drove Christie away — something she vehemently denied.
Though the rumors started early this summer, it wasn't until September that Hilary Duff and her trainer, Jason Walsh, stepped out hand-in-hand, confirming their relationship. Less than a month after their first PDA outing, Hilary made things Instagram official. However, by December, it was reported that their romance was done following a romantic beach vacation.
Ariana Grande and backup dancer Ricky Alvarez called it quits in July. The duo dated for about a year. She first hinted that she was a single gal on social media, writing "change. feelin free. happy. banginnnnnnn. but yeah bangs …"
Mary J. Blige pulled the plug on her 12-year marriage to manager Kendu Isaacs in late July. She cited "irreconcilable differences" and asked a judge to block any spousal support. They had no prenup.
"Scorpion" co-stars Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee broke up in June after two years of dating. "They're still friends and work together almost every day," a source told Just Jared. "They still love each other but just couldn't make things work."
Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato split in early June after six years together. Though the couple was somewhat private about their relationship (acknowledging it, but rarely addressing it), on June 3, they released a statement. "This was an incredibly difficult decision for both of us, but we have realized more than anything that we are better as friends," they said, adding, "We will always be supportive of one another. Thank you to everyone who has offered us kindness and support over the years."
Ariel Winter confirmed her split from her boyfriend of more than two years, singer-songwriter Laurent Claude Gaudette, with a playful Instagram post on June 25. "Hi there press people!!!!!!" Ariel wrote alongside a screengrab from her Twitter account featuring a GIF of Kim Kardashian West on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" saying, "I'm like dropping hints that I'm single." Ariel also tweeted, "When you're surprised that people just haven't gotten it yet…" days after it was revealed that she and Laurent, whom she'd met in high school, had stopped following each other on social media.
After 10 years of marriage, Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Lockwood, her fourth husband, it was revealed on June 28. She cited "irreconcilable differences" in divorce documents. The former couple have twin daughters, Harper and Finley. In court papers, Lisa asked for full custody and asked that Michael only get monitored visitation rights.
After nearly seven months of dating, it was revealed on June 2 that Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik had ended their romance. The gorgeous couple, who linked up in late 2015, had made their first red carpet appearance together just a month prior at the Met Gala. But within days of the split news going public, the pair were seemingly back on after stepping out together in New York City. Gigi then posted support for Zayn on social media after he went public about his struggle with anxiety. By September, the two were clearly on again at London Fashion Week.
Months of split and reconciliation rumors plagued Kylie Jenner and Tyga before they called it quits shortly before the May 2 Met Gala. By mid-June, however, the rapper was dropping hints on social media that they were back together, and the pair attended Kanye West's "Famous" video debut event together on June 24 — just one day after Kylie kissed reported new love PartyNextDoor in his music video. Later that summer, Tyga joined Kylie for her birthday celebration in the Caribbean, and in November, she went all-out for his birthday.
Superman actor Henry Cavill and his 19-year-old girlfriend, college student Tara King, split in the spring — less than a year after they met at a London nightclub. A friend of the Bristol University student told The Sun that "Henry said the two of them could stay friends and he even invited her to his recent birthday party, which she did go to," (Henry turned 33 on May 5). "But their relationship is over." Her friend added: "It has been very difficult for Tara, who has been saying he was the love of her life."
We certainly didn't see this one coming. In April, Drew Barrymore announced the end of her nearly four-year marriage to art consultant Will Kopelman, the father of her two daughters, Olive and Frankie. It was Drew's third divorce.
Zac Efron and girlfriend Sami Miró spent about a year and a half dating. But quietly one weekend in April, Zac deleted every photo of the couple from his Instagram account and unfollowed her on Twitter. Sources at the time claimed the two called it quits after the "Baywatch" star found out she allegedly cheated on him at Coachella.
Kristen Stewart and French singer-actress Soko Sokolinski were first spotted together in March in Paris. Their romance saw them in New York and Los Angeles as well. Unfortunately, their love couldn't last. In May, it was reported that the couple had split after just two months of dating.
After plenty of speculation, Kristen Stewart finally confirmed that she was dating visual effects producer Alicia Cargile. "Right now I'm just really in love with my girlfriend," she told ELLE UK in July. "We've broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, 'Finally, I can feel again.'" But by the fall, it was over yet again, paving the way for K-Stew to move on with another starlet's famous ex…
After about 18 months of dating, model-actress Cara Delevingne and musician St. Vincent called it quits during the summer following speculation that they'd been engaged. In October, the music star stepped out with a brand-new girlfriend — Kristen Stewart.
After meeting at Cannes in 2015, Paris Hilton and businessman Thomas Gross immediately hit it off and got serious. In fact, the famous reality star even referred to her significant other as her soulmate. Sadly, the two split in April.
Lea Michele and boyfriend Matthew Paetz broke up in February after nearly two years of dating. But newly single Lea didn't show her heartache as she stepped out in a stomach-baring black ensemble at the Vanity Fair and FIAT Young Hollywood Celebration on Feb. 23 just one day after the news broke. But that wasn't her only breakup of the year…
Casey Affleck and his wife of nearly 10 years, Summer Phoenix, split in March. The actors, who wed in June 2006, have two children together: Indiana, 11, and Atticus, 8. The news was confirmed by Casey's rep, who described the breakup as "amicable."
On Feb. 8, it was reported that Khloe Kardashian and NBA star James Harden had split after an eight-month romance. While speaking to Lisa Rinna on FYI's "Kocktails with Khloe," the Kardashian sister said James wasn't exactly a one-woman man. "I just don't want to put up with people that you want to be monogamous, but you're not monogamous," she told Lisa after being asked why the relationship deteriorated.
Idris Elba was with girlfriend Naiyana Garth for nearly three years before they split in February. Idris began dating the makeup artist during the summer of 2013, and a year later, they welcomed son Winston Elba.
In February, Peter Facinelli and Jaimie Alexander ended their engagement just one month after attending the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards together. The couple met and fell in love while working on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" back in 2012 and got engaged in 2015 but ended their romance because of "conflicting family and work commitments on opposite coasts," their reps told People in a joint statement.
In March, Frances Bean Cobain filed for divorce from husband Isaiah Silva, a musician. Although married for just 21 months, they'd been a couple for five years.
In March, Steve-O and Kat Von D called it quits after a little more than three months of dating.
Marloes Horst and Alex Pettyfer announced their split via Instagram on March 20. "I wouldn't normally do this as I like to keep my life private, Despite what may be written, Marloes and I split up due to her being a crazy hot supermodel and her and my work just keeping us apart," Alex wrote. "It was a mutual decision, We are incredible close and love each other tremendously !!! We are best friends and who knows what the future holds #shewillalwaysbefamily #factisgreaterthanfiction." Marloes also cleared the air. "Despite of what some papers may say, Alex and i split due to our busy schedules. It's sadning to read these negative articles since we are very close and love each other dearly!" she continued. "So we took it into our own hands to say it was a mutual decision, we are best friends and will always remain each others family #loveisalwaystheanswer." But in October, The Mail on Sunday reported that the pair had not only gotten back together, but that Alex had proposed.
Rose McGowan filed to divorce artist Davey Detail on Feb. 1 after two years of marriage and cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. In court docs, she asked the judge to reject any requests for spousal support. She also listed their separation date as May 1, 2015. The couple tied the knot in October 2013 after a little more than a year of dating.
YouTubers Ingrid Nilsen and Hannah Hart revealed that they were dating in the fall of 2015. But just a few months later, the social media stars confirmed they'd broken up. On March 20, both shared tweets about their relationship status. "Hey everyone, Hannah and I want you to know that we aren't in a romantic relationship anymore. We have taken the last couple of months to process and have worked on building a friendship that we both value very much," she wrote. "I love Hannah beyond words. She is a spectacular human being that I am proud to know." Hannah tweeted, "In January, Ingrid and I decided to end our romantic relationship. Since then we have put a solid friendship in its place," she continued. "Needed to take some time to process these things and now that we are ready to share, I wanted to let you guys know. Ingrid is an incredible woman. She remains my personal hero in more ways than one."