Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at all the celeb couples who called it quits in 2021 — or whose splits came to light this year — starting with this pair… Actor Zac Efron and Aussie girlfriend Vanessa Valladares, an aspiring model, have split after 10 months of dating. A report in Australia's Daily Telegraph broke the news, which made headlines in the States on April 20. Then one of Zac's friends, radio host Kyle Sandilands, confirmed the report on his program, "The Kyle and Jackie O Show." "It's not just The Daily Telegraph. I can also confirm after speaking with him yesterday," Kyle said. "It's only recent, but not, like, yesterday recent. But they've gone their separate ways. … No drama, but it's done." Us Weekly previously reported that the actor met the beauty in June 2020 while she was working as a waitress in Byron Bay, Australia, where he's been living and working in recent years.
Now keep reading for more of the year's biggest celeb breakups…
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On April 15, after weeks of trying to work through problems in their four-year relationship, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez confirmed they'd split after a two-year engagement. "We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects. We wish the best for each other and one another's children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have is to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support," they said in a statement ro People magazine. The news comes a month after Page Six reported they'd quietly split in the wake of his cheating scandal involving "Southern Charm" star Madison LeCroy — after which J.Lo and A-Rod told People and TMZ that they were still together but admitted, "We are working through some things." Ultimately, their efforts over the next few weeks weren't successful.
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It's over for Braunwyn Windham-Burke and her girlfriend, Kris. TMZ reported on April 11 that the "Real Housewives of Orange County" star and her first girlfriend had amicably split more than a month earlier. The Bravo star — who in late 2020 came out as a lesbian but said she would remain married to her husband of more than two decades, Sean Burke — is reportedly already dating other women.
"Below Deck Sailing Yacht" stars Ciara Duggan and Paget Berry broke up in December, she confirmed in April. She further explained to Us Weekly in an April 14 interview, "I loved him, but I think I was not in love." The duo got engaged in July 2020.
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Multiple media outlets reported on April 6 that Larsa Pippen's controversial romance with Malik Beasley — who's nearly half her age — had come to an end. According to a Page Six source, the duo spent Valentine's Day together and are "still in communication," though they're no longer a couple. Said an Us Weekly source, "Larsa decided to distance herself from the drama. He was going through a lot and the timing wasn't right. … Many people assumed [their relationship] was serious when in fact it was not." The 24-year-old professional basketball player has been duking it out with his estranged wife, model Montana Yao, in the press and in divorce court since he suddenly started seeing the 46-year-old mother of four in late 2020.
Reality TV star Luann de Lesseps' brief romance with South African personal trainer Garth Wakeford — whom she met on the Hinge dating app in August 2020 — ran its course, the former countess told Page Six. She confirmed the breakup news after someone who wrote to celebrity gossip Instagram account Deux Moi claimed that Garth — who appears as Luann's boyfriend in a teaser trailer for the next season of "The Real Housewives of New York City" — was stepping out on her with another woman. Not so, said Luann: "Garth and I stopped dating before the holidays and I only wish him well." Garth also confirmed to Page Six that it was over, and on top of that, he said, "Regarding this [other] girl, we have no relationship. She came to my exercise class once. We follow each other on Instagram and that is it."
Musician Drew Taggart of the Chainsmokers and DJ Chantel Jeffries split after a year of dating, Us Weekly reported on April 3. "They broke up a month ago," the Grammy winner's rep told the magazine. "It was an amicable breakup, and they remain friends."
On March 26, E! News reported that "Riverdale" star Camila Mendes and her boyfriend of about a year, photographer Grayson Vaughn, quietly broke up a month earlier. "There was no drama at all, and they are still friends. Their relationship just ran its course," said a source, adding that the actress "has been shooting in Canada" and because "travel has been banned" amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was difficult for the pair to spend time together.
A year after the Netflix documentary "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" introduced the world to Joseph Maldonado-Passage — better known as Joe Exotic — the former big cat zookeeper's fourth husband, Dillon Passage, took to Instagram to tell fans they were ending their marriage. Dillon announced the news on March 26, writing that more than three years after their 2017 wedding, "Joe and I are seeking a divorce. This wasn't an easy decision to make but Joe and I both understand that this situation isn't fair to either of us. It's something that neither of us were expecting but we are going to take it day by day. We are on good terms still and I hope it can stay that way. I will continue to have Joe in my life and do my best to support him while he undergoes further legal battles to better his situation." Joe and Dillon have been apart for more than two years because Joe is in federal prison serving a 22-year sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot against nemesis Carole Baskin and wildlife protection law violations. While one of Joe's attorneys initially told People magazine that his firm was "reviewing options … regarding separation and divorce," another lawyer, Francisco Hernandez, told Us Weekly on March 27 that the divorce was called off after Dillon and Joe spoke on the phone and decided to "stay married right now so things don't get complicated," he said.
On March 23 — after Addison Rae referred to Bryce Hall as her "ex-boyfriend" in an interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe — media outlets confirmed that the two TikTok stars had recently called it quits. According to Us Weekly, Addison ended their on-and-off relationship. "She feels that he has a lot of growing up to do and that he brings too much drama into her life. They're so on and off though, so don't be surprised if they get back together at some point," an insider told Us. A source told E! News that the social media stars haven't been together since he was accused of cheating on her in Las Vegas in February. (He denied the allegations in March, tweeting, "I didn't cheat on Addison.") Meanwhile, an anonymous source told Deux Moi, an Instagram account dedicated to celebrity gossip, that Bryce and model Josie Canseco have been "hooking up in front of everyone at parties for the last month" and that Bryce "wants the Internet to think he's still on good terms with Addison" for clout.
TMZ reported that comedian Gary Owen's wife of nearly two decades, Kenya Duke, filed for divorce in Los Angeles on March 19. She later implied on Instagram that the stand-up star and "Think Like a Man" actor cheated with a woman from Dallas who's friends with reality TV star Claudia Jordan — who's been friends with Gary for years. "[You] should know better — married not separated — married," Kenya captioned a since-deleted Instagram post. She also addressed her estranged husband directly, writing, "All the energy you spent lying, acting and creating a fake narrative for these [women] that want to be me, you could have done it with a veggie burger and a glass of fake filtered water." Claudia then hopped online to set the record straight, claiming in a video (watch a recording here) that she doesn't have a friend from Dallas and is not aware of any alleged cheating involving Gary.
After weeks of speculation, rapper Saweetie on March 19 confirmed that she and Migos rapper Quavo were over after more than two years of dating. "I'm single. I've endured too much betrayal and hurt behind the scenes for a false narrative to be circulating that degrades my character. Presents don't band aid scars and the love isn't real when the intimacy is given to other women," she tweeted. Quavo didn't like her infidelity shade and soon took to social media to respond. "I know you want to make this into a show so I'll play my part just this one time. I don't normally put my business out there, especially my personal life. I feel the need to address this so there are no false narratives," he tweeted. "I had love for you and disappointed you did all that. You are not the woman I thought you were. I wish you nothing but the best." Saweetie replied with a simple, "Take care."
On March 18, Tinsley Mortimer's fiancé of a little more than a year, Scott Kluth, released a statement to People magazine announcing that they ended their relationship and "have been living independently for the last few months." A source close to the former "The Real Housewives of New York City" star — who walked away from the Bravo show when she moved to Chicago to be with Scott after they got engaged in late 2019 — described her as "blindsided" by the breakup, which "was not mutual." Said the insider, "She's on the floor heartbroken and devastated. She left everything for him because she didn't think he'd ever call off the engagement. She trusted him that this time was going to be different." Almost exactly a year ago, Tinsley said that she and the Coupon Cabin founder — who've been off and on for years — were planning to wed in Japan before the coronavirus pandemic forced them to postpone their plans to tie the knot. According to a Page Six source, Scott "tortured" Tinsley "for years" and "used her celebrity to promote his coupon company." When asked for a response, Scott's rep accused Tinsley of "mischaracterizing the circumstances of their breakup, which happened months ago." The back and forth only got messier from there.
On March 15, "The Bachelor" season 25 star Matt James revealed on the "After the Final Rose" special that he and his final pick — who had been revealed that same night — were no longer in a relationship. They'd decided to continue dating at the series' conclusion rather than get engaged, and they quietly continued to see each other — until her racism scandal erupted in February as the season was midway through airing. Matt explained that he felt he had "to take a step back" to let her work on herself amid the scandal. Rachael, meanwhile, said she was blindsided and confused when Matt dumped her and admitted that she was still in love with him. In early April, the duo sparked reconciliation rumors when they suddenly started spending time together again, but according to a People magazine source, they're "not together" and are "just friends."
On March 9, Alessandra Ambrosio was snapped holding hands with male model Richard Lee during a dinner date in Santa Monica, California. The PDA served as a confirmation that the former Victoria's Secret Angel split from longtime love Nicolo Oddi. It's unclear when they called it quits.
"Bling Empire" star Kelly Mi Li took to Instagram on March 9 to announce that she and her off-and-on love of nearly six years, "Power Rangers Megaforce" actor Andrew Gray, called it quits again.
"Love Island" couple Connor Trott and Mackenzie Dipman took to their Instagram Stories on March 6 to announce that they called it quits.
On Feb. 25, TMZ broke the news that Holly Madison and Zak Bagans (right) called it quits "a few weeks ago" after nearly two years of coupledom. They're reportedly still friendly and remain on talking terms. The former "The Girls Next Door" beauty and the "Ghost Adventures" star met in May 2019 and kept their relationship extremely under the radar.
On the morning of Jan. 19, multiple media outlets reported that Clare Crawley and Dale Moss — who got engaged just four episodes into season 16 of "The Bachelorette" in mid-2020 — had hit a rough patch in their relationship. Just hours after those reports hit the Internet, the former professional football player took to Instagram to announce that they'd actually "decided to go our separate ways." Initial reports indicated the duo came to the conclusion that they'd rushed into things once they really got to know each other and realized they want different things in life: Clare, who wants to settle down and have children as soon as possible, is based in suburban Sacramento, California, where she's caring for her mother, who has Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Dale, meanwhile, is focused on building his brand and career in New York City. But soon, a different picture of the breakup emerged, with Us Weekly and "Entertainment Tonight" reporting that Dale dumped Clare over behavior that caused "friction" with his family. Two days after the male model announced the breakup, the hairstylist finally addressed the split on Instagram, writing that she was "crushed" and essentially blindsided. E! News then reported that, according to multiple sources, Dale had been cheating on Clare throughout their relationship with a woman he'd been seeing since at least late 2019. Sources close to Dale, meanwhile, insisted his relationship with his longtime pal, who's a real estate agent, was completely platonic and that she was simply helping him find an apartment to share with Clare in New York City. (Clare and Dale also faced cheating rumors late last year.) Another E! source said that Clare was under the impression she and Dale "were working on their relationship" until he "abruptly posted to his Instagram page that they had parted ways." Still, a Dale-friendly source claimed Clare was misrepresenting the timeline, insisting he wanted to announce the breakup a week earlier but agreed to keep quiet while she processed things. "She feels he knew the truth was going to come out about his shady friendship … [and] wanted to break up quickly because the truth was eventually going to come out," said one of the Clare-friendly sources. In spite of all the drama, the pair sparked reconciliation rumors in mid-February when they suddenly started spending time together in Florida. In early March, however, E! News reported that, according to a source, the off-and-on couple "aren't getting back together … at this point in time." Yet they continued to spend time together…
On Jan. 25, "The Vampire Diaries" actress Alice Evans claimed on Twitter that her "beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years," Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd, had "announced he is to leave his family, starting next week." Wrote the mother of two of her "sad news" in a since-deleted tweet, "Me and our young daughters are very confused and sad. We haven't been given a reason except that he 'no longer loves me.' I'm so sorry." She later claimed that she was being "gaslit and mentally tortured" and alleged that she'd experienced "six months of harassment: yes/no/maybe" — purportedly related to Ioan's indecisiveness over whether or not to leave the relationship — and added that she "cannot live anymore like this." The estranged couple then released a joint statement reading, "As you can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for our family and we remain committed to our children." Later, Ioan's father, Peter, told MailOnline that the family has been "aware" of the issues between the "Fantastic Four" actor and his wife. Other Daily Mail sources hypothesized "that there's probably another person involved." (They did not provide evidence to prove that suspicion.) One insider said he or she was "not at all surprised" by the drama between Ioan and Alice because he's a known flirt. On Jan. 28, The Sun reported that Ioan's mother, Margaret, insisted that cheating did not play a role in the breakup. A source told the British tabloid, "Ioan has just told his wife he's decided it isn't working and he wants to move on, but obviously, for her, there are a lot of questions over why. Within the [entertainment] industry, there are a lot of raised eyebrows about whether things might be to do with his time working away in Australia. Obviously his career has taken him all over the world recently, which has put strain on the family for a while now — but the timing of this has set a lot of tongues wagging." In early March, Ioan filed for divorce. Alice implied on Instagram that she was blindsided by the news and that her estranged husband was unfaithful, writing, "Do you [know] what I'm mostly scared of? It's who the girl is."
On Feb. 26, E! News reported that "Selling Sunset" star Chrishell Stause and "Dancing With the Stars" pro Keo Motsepe had split "very recently" after less than three months of dating, according to a source close to Keo. An insider close to Chrishell told E! the pair "had a fun time together but in the end, decided it would be best if they part ways. They are still friendly and cordial. It wasn't a messy breakup, just wasn't the right fit or right timing." A source close to Keo told People magazine that Keo was "heartbroken. He enjoyed his time with Chrishell and was 100% in it. He's had a tough time with his mom's passing [in January], but he really wanted to make his relationship last." Hours later, Chrishell took to her Instagram Stories to weigh in on the reports, saying she "TRULY wanted to keep this drama free, but playing the victim and bringing your mom into it is a step too far for me." She added, "Taking the high road is overrated sometimes!! I was also 100% in it as well, until revelations told to me recently have made me question if you could even order a coffee without the lying."
On Feb. 19, TMZ broke the news that Kim Kardashian West finally filed to divorce Kanye West after months of questions about the status of their marriage. According to the webloid, the reality star and the rapper have a prenuptial agreement in place, and neither plan on contesting the terms. TMZ noted that they're actually "far along in reaching a property settlement agreement." Kim is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their four children. In early February, E! News reported that although the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star had yet to file for divorce, she viewed their breakup as "completely official in her mind." The duo hit a major rough patch in the summer of 2020, and although they initially attempted to work on their marriage, they'd essentially thrown in the towel by early 2021.
On Feb. 19, Tori Brixx took to her Instagram Story to accuse her fiancé of a year, Rich The Kid, of cheating on her with rapper Dream Doll. Rich initially denied her claims but later wrote on his Instagram Story that he'd "left" the relationship before the drama. The following day, Dream Doll chimed in, tweeting, that she has never and "will never" mess with a man who's "in a relationship."
Xzibit's wife of six years, Krista Joiner, reportedly filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court on Feb. 22. The duo reportedly met in 2001 and tied the knot in November 2014.
Talib Kweli's wife of more than a decade, DJ Eque, reportedly filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Feb. 19. The duo tied the knot in May 2009. In recent years, there had been rumors that the Black Star rapper was unfaithful.
On Feb. 7, The Sun broke the news that "Normal People" star Daisy Edgar-Jones and her boyfriend of two years, actor Tom Varey, quietly called it quits last year. "They got on really well during lockdown last year, but they're both young and passionate about following their careers," said a source. "Daisy has been inundated with opportunities and feels she has to put them first, Tom's also really dedicated to his acting and wants the best for both of them. They were sad they couldn't make it work, but are still close and there's no hard feelings."
DaniLeigh announced on her Instagram Story on Feb. 7 that she's "officially single," indicating that her relationship with DaBaby had come to an end. The duo, who just confirmed they were an item in December, first sparked romance rumors — which they initially denied — in early 2020 when it appeared they were quarantining together amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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According to Page Six, Rev. Al Sharpton filed to divorce Kathy Jordan in Manhattan Supreme Court on Feb. 11 — more than 16 years after they first separated following 24 years of marriage. The civil rights activist has been in a relationship with fashion designer Aisha McShaw for more than a decade.
On Feb. 8, E! News confirmed speculation that Ashley Benson and G-Eazy called it quits after a little less than a year of coupledom. The duo sparked split speculation when the actress unfollowed the rapper-actor on Instagram. Us Weekly later reported that, according to a source, "Ashley is the one who ended things." Said the insider, "Ashley and G-Eazy fell hard for each other fast. Everything moved very quickly, and they were obsessed with each other. Recently things took a hard turn for the worse. … They were arguing all the time and it wasn't good for either of them."
On Jan. 18, People magazine broke the news that Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas amicably called it quits after about a year of coupledom. The 32-year-old actress reportedly dumped the 48-year-old Oscar winner over her desire to travel and eventually have children of her own. According to multiple sources, Ben — who's raising his three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner in Los Angeles — isn't interested in living elsewhere or adding to his brood. A Page Six source said there's a possibility the "Deep Water" co-stars "could get back together" because they are still "in love" and "people who know them believe [the breakup is] temporary."
On Jan. 7, People magazine broke the news that Shia LaBeouf and Margaret Qualley's whirlwind romance came to an end five days earlier. "They're just in different places in their lives," said one source, while another insider implied the young actress broke up with the troubled former child star over the "backlash" they both received when some of his former loves accused him of abuse in a headline-making lawsuit.
Rebel Wilson revealed on Instagram on Feb. 2 that she and Jacob Busch are no longer an item. According to a People magazine source, "Jacob was an amazing guy but just not the one for her long-term." A Page Six source, meanwhile, said that the relationship had "just run its course." (Jacob's regular appearances on Rebel's Instagram feed came to an end on Christmas Eve.) Us Weekly later reported that the Australian actress dumped the Anheuser-Busch scion via text in mid-January, leaving him "really upset" and "blindsided."
Tim Robbins filed to divorce marketing executive Gratiela Brancusi — who's reportedly 29 years his junior — in Los Angeles on Jan. 27. It was the first indication the under-the-radar duo, who were first linked in early 2018, had tied the knot. It was the first marriage for the 62-year-old Oscar winner, who was famously in a relationship with Susan Sarandon for more than 20 years.
Elliot Page filed to divorce his wife of three years, dancer-choreographer Emma Portner, in New York City on Jan. 26. "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce following our separation last summer. We have the utmost respect for each other and remain close friends," the former couple said in a joint statement.
During an interview with the British newspaper The Times that debuted online on Jan. 8, Luke Evans confirmed speculation that he and his boyfriend of about a year and a half, art director Rafael Olarra, called it quits. "It is what it is," said the Welsh actor.
On Jan. 23, The Root released an exclusive statement from Marc Daly announcing that "after recently attending mediation," he and off-and-on love Kenya Moore "have agreed to end our marriage." Wrote the restauranteur, "I will always have great care for her and look forward to amicably continuing to co-parent our daughter Brooklyn with an abundance of love and wisdom." The duo first split in the summer of 2019 but then spent the next year and a half working on their relationship. Kenya has yet to address their latest breakup.
People magazine reported on Jan. 29 that "The Mentalist" alum Simon Baker his wife of nearly three decades, actress Rebecca Rigg, quietly separated in April 2020. "We remain close friends and our three children will always be the most important focus of our lives," the former couple said in a joint statement.
On Jan. 11, LeToya Luckett and her husband of three years, Tommicus Walker, announced on Instagram that they'd "decided to get a divorce." On his Instagram Story, Tommi said he "never wanted a divorce" and hit back at rumors claiming he strayed from the marriage. (In August, an Instagram model from Dallas alleged she had an affair with Tommi … and that she wasn't the only one with whom he cheated on LeToya, who gave birth to their second child in September.)
On Feb. 5, E! News confirmed speculation that Karrueche Tran and Victor Cruz called it quits after three years of coupledom. "There are no hard feelings. This is just a case of two people moving forward in life separately. … They will always wish the best for each other," said a source, noting that the actress and the former professional football player are "focused on continuing to grow their successful careers." The duo reportedly hit a speed bump when they were forced to quarantine separately amid the coronavirus pandemic: The "Claws" star is based on the West Coast, while Victor quarantined in New Jersey with his 9-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
On Feb. 3, Us Weekly reported that James Marsters' wife of a decade, Patricia Rahman, recently filed to divorce the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alum in Los Angeles.
On Jan. 19, "The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart" winners Bri Stauss and Chris Watson released a joint statement to E! News announcing that "with deep admiration and respect for one another, we have decided to end our relationship and go our separate ways." They also hinted that they'll possibly continue "making music together."
On Jan. 19, Lauren Comeau indicated that the "Teen Mom" franchise's most epic love triangle has finally come to an end. In an emotional Instagram Live, she alleged that her off-and-on boyfriend of several years, Javi Marroquin, cheated on her with his ex-wife, Kailyn Lowry. She also made it clear that she and the father of two, who proposed in June 2019, are no longer an item. Javi later released a statement to In Touch Weekly insisting that Lauren's claims are "false."
Us Weekly reported on Jan. 27 that "Summer House" star Lindsay Hubbard recently split from her boyfriend of about a year and a half, Stephen Traversie. A trailer for the fifth season of the Bravo show, which debuted on Jan. 28, showed the publicist arguing with her beau and then hooking up with housemate Luke Gulbranson.
On Jan. 9, Cely Vazquez tweeted that she and former "Love Island" co-star Johnny Middlebrooks "are no longer together." Johnny, meanwhile, confirmed the breakup news on his Instagram Story.
On Jan. 16, Justine Ndiba and Caleb Corprew — who won the second season of the American version of "Love Island" last year — announced on Instagram that they were "no longer together" after wrestling with the decision "for some time now."