Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at all the celeb couples who called it quits in 2021 — or whose splits came to light in 2021 — starting with this duo… On Jan. 5, 2022, Us Weekly broke the news that Victoria's Secret model Chanel Iman and NFL star Sterling Shepard are divorcing — and TMZ confirmed he filed back on June 7, 2021. The exes, who tied the knot in 2018 and later welcomed two daughters, are asking for joint legal custody of their girls. TMZ further reported that he's moved out of their New Jersey home but will continue to pay for Chanel's monthly living expenses. Both have also agreed that any romantic third parties won't spend the night when one of them has the kids.
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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."
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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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On Oct. 28 — hours after Zayn Malik denied a TMZ report alleging he "struck" girlfriend Gigi Hadid's mother, Yolanda Hadid, and one day before it was revealed that he'd just pleaded no contest to multiple charges of harassment against Gigi and Yolanda stemming from a late-September incident — multiple sources confirmed to People magazine that the former One Direction singer and the supermodel had split. "They are not together right now. They are both good parents though," a Hadid family friend told People. "They co-parent [daughter Kai]. Yolanda is of course very protective of Gigi. She wants the best for her daughter and grandchild." The model's rep told the magazine in a statement that "Gigi is solely focused on the best for Khai" and "asks for privacy during this time." TMZ reported later in the day that Zayn and Gigi actually split more than a month earlier. The pair had been a couple on and off since late 2015 and most recently reunited in late 2019 before welcoming their daughter in 2020.
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 Sept. 3, People magazine published a joint statement from Kaley Cuoco and her second husband, Karl Cook, announcing that they're going their separate ways after three years of marriage. "Despite a deep love and respect for one another, we have realized that our current paths have taken us in opposite directions," they said. "We have both shared so much of our journey publicly so while we would prefer to keep this aspect of our personal life private, we wanted to be forthcoming in our truth together. There is no anger or animosity, quite the contrary. We have made this decision together through an immense amount of respect and consideration for one another and request that you do the same in understanding that we will not be sharing any additional details or commenting further." It was later confirmed that Kaley filed divorce papers the same day. The duo started dating in 2016, got engaged in 2017 and tied the knot in 2018. But they didn't live together full-time for the first two years of their marriage, and in April 2020, the "Big Bang Theory" alum said that she and the professional equestrian might not have finally moved in together if it hadn't been for the coronavirus pandemic. "We've been married for a year and a half, been together for almost four years. This quarantine has forced us to actually move in together," she said. "It's been great for our relationship. And we like each other, we realized, which is even better!" Later that month, she joked that they were only living together while stay-at-home orders were in place. "He's out [when it's over]. This is just for the quarantine. I don't want to give the wrong impression here. This is just for right now," Kaley deadpanned. Apparently there was more truth in her words than she knew at the time! People later reported that the couple appeared to be solid just a few months before Kaley filed. "In the beginning of the summer, Kaley seemed very happy with Karl. They were affectionate and seemed great," a source told the magazine. "The split seems very sudden. It's pretty shocking."
Rosario Dawson and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker called it quits after three years together, a source told Marie Claire on Dec. 27. In fact, the duo supposedly quietly split over the summer — but they've remained friends. "The distance made it difficult," says the source, referring to Cory's gig in Washington, D.C., and Rosario's job as an actress who often films in Los Angeles. Rosario, a staunch activist, has been filming "Clerks III" and "Go Big Show" of late. The couple was first linked in January 2019 after they attended a Broadway show together, but it seemed that they had been dating prior to the New York City outing. The romance seemed serious, as Rosario sold her California home earlier in 2021 to live with the politician in New Jersey. Cory last appeared on Rosario's social media pages in May.
On Dec. 24, Page Six reported that Meghan King's whirlwind romance with President Joe Biden's nephew, Cuffe Biden Owens, had come to an end just two months after they tied the knot following a courtship of just three weeks. According to a source, the former "The Real Housewives of Orange County" star "has told friends they broke up." On Dec. 27, the reality TV alum said she was "rattled" over the split. "This situation is profoundly devastating," she wrote on her Instagram Story. "This is obviously not what I imagined when I made my vows — and I'm shocked and saddened by the way things turned out."
On Nov. 17, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello took to their Instagram Stories to share matching statements announcing that they recently parted ways after more than two years of coupledom. "Hey guys, we've decided to end our romantic relationship but our love for one another as humans is stronger than ever. We started our relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends. We so appreciate your support from the beginning and moving forward," they wrote. The breakup came as a huge surprise considering the couple, who spoke openly of their plans for the future, appeared to be just fine when they celebrated Halloween 2021 together in matching calavera costumes in late October. The pair even sparked engagement rumors, which Camila shut down in August. But a source told E! News on Nov. 18 that the week earlier, Shawn "initiated the conversation" about breaking up with Camila. Though she was "very upset over the split," she "agreed" it was for the best, the source added, insisting it "was not a bad breakup at all" and that the pair are "still in communication and want to be friends." The crux of why they parted ways? "The relationship was getting stale and complacent and they decided they are better off being friends," the source told E!
After just five months of dating, People magazine broke the news that "Selling Sunset" co-stars Chrishell Stause and Jason Oppenheim recently ended the romantic aspect of their relationship on Dec. 21. Jason soon confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, "While Chrishell and I are no long together, we remain best friends and we will always love and support one another. She was the most amazing girlfriend I've ever had, and it was the happiest and most fulfilling relationship of my life." He also gave a clue about what went wrong, noting, "While we have different wants regarding a family, we continue to have the utmost respect for one another. Chrishell is an exceptional human being and loving her and having her in my life is one of the best things that has ever happened to me." Chrishell, meanwhile, wrote on Instagram, "After many long heartfelt talks, I am choosing to see [our relationship] as a success no matter what label is attached to it publicly. Jason was and is my best friend, and other than our ideas for family ultimately not being aligned, the amount of respect and love we have for each other will not change going forward. Men have the luxury of time that women don't and that's just the way it goes. … I very much hope to one day have a family and decisions I make at this point are with that goal in mind." That same day Jason's twin brother shared similar news…
Jason Oppenheim's twin brother and The Oppenheim Group co-founder Brett Oppenheim revealed on his Instagram Story on Dec. 21 that he and his girlfriend Tina Louise are no longer an item. When a fan asked if he's currently single, he replied, "As of very recently, actually, yes." For her part, the Australian model wrote in a since-deleted Instagram Story post, "Brett is my ex, but we remain very good friends." Like Jason and Chrishell Stause, Brett and Tina started dating in the spring of 2021.
Comedian Tiffany Haddish and actor-musician Common have split after more than a year of dating, People magazine reported on Nov. 29. "They are never in the same city together and both of them are just too busy for a serious relationship," a source told the mag of the pair, who co-starred in the 2019 film "The Kitchen" but didn't start dating until sparks flew in 2020.
Kaia Gerber and Jacob Elordi have broken up after more than a year of dating, according to a Nov. 18 report from Page Six. The stunning couple were first linked back in September 2020 after they were spotted looking like more than friends in New York City. They made their red carpet debut together at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening Gala in Los Angeles a year later (seen here) and most recently were spotted out at a Halloween party. Prior to the confirmation from Page Six, Kaia had seemingly pulled most of her photos of Jacob off Instagram.
Amber Heard is single again. On Dec. 11, the Mirror reported that, according to multiple sources, Amber Heard and her girlfriend of two years, Bianca Butti, recently called it quits after distance took its toll. "Amber is a very busy woman being a new mother and working flat out in the U.K. on her latest film, while Bianca is also tied up with various projects in the U.S.," said a source. "With not being in the same country for months at a time and dealing with a new baby, it leaves very little time for romance, and things look like they have fizzled out between them." Amber welcomed daughter Oonagh Paige in April.
It's over for comedian Pete Davidson and actress Phoebe Dynevor, The Sun reported on Aug. 15. According to the British tabloid, the "Saturday Night Live" cast member and the "Bridgerton" star — who were first romantically linked in March — split after five months of dating because of distance. "The distance has made it completely unworkable," a source told The Sun of why Pete, who's based in New York City, and Phoebe, who's been shooting season 2 of her hit Netflix show in England, felt they had to call it quits. "They had fun and will remain close, but unless something drastic changes, their relationship won't recover."
On Sept. 7, Us Weekly, Page Six, TMZ and other outlets confirmed that Amelia Gray Hamlin and Scott Disick had broken up after about 11 months of dating. "Amelia was the one who ended things," an insider told Us. The split came days after Scott, who has three kids with ex Kourtney Kardashian, got outed by another Kourtney ex, Younes Bendjima, for sending Younes a DM taking a dig at Kourtney for showing PDA while on vacation in Europe with her current love, blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. E! News reported that Amelia — the daughter of Hollywood stars Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin — was "very disappointed" in Scott and "let him know it." Amelia's mom Lisa reacted to the news on Sept. 7 by dropping a savage emoji on an Instagram post about the split — a single smiley face.
"Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" and "Godzilla vs. Kong" star Eiza Gonzalez and Premier Lacrosse League founder Paul Rabil called it quits after about seven months of dating, Just Jared reported on Dec. 6. "The split happened a few weeks ago and it wasn't ugly at all. Their work schedules just weren't aligning and it put a strain on their relationship. They're going to remain friends though!" said a source.
On Oct. 20, Us Weekly broke the news that social media star and "Dance Moms" alum JoJo Siwa and her girlfriend of nearly a year, Kylie Prew, split earlier in the month. On the Nov. 2 episode of Paris Hilton's "This is Paris" podcast, JoJo confirmed the breakup, explaining that Kylie "is literally still my best friend. I talked to her yesterday, she just got a new puppy. She's awesome. She's having the time of her life, I'm having the time of my life." JoJo added, "I'm really lucky that I didn't lose her completely because, you know, even though relationships end, friendships don't have to end. … I'm really happy that I remember all the fun times, all the good times, and nothing bad happened, it just is the definition of a cheesy saying of 'right person, wrong time' and I hate cheesy sayings, but they're true."
SpaceX and Tesla magnate Elon Musk and music star Grimes have split after more than three years and one son together, Page Six reported on Sept. 24. "We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms," Elon told the New York Post's gossip column. "It's mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in LA. She's staying with me now and [our son] Baby X is in the adjacent room."
Kate Bosworth took to Instagram on Aug. 5 to announce that she and filmmaker Michael Polish have separated after nearly eight years of marriage. The "Blue Crush" actress shared a thoughtful and poetic explanation alongside a photo of herself kissing the "Big Sur" and "Twin Falls Idaho" director. "The beginning is often the best part of love. Fireworks, magnets, rebellion — the attraction. The onset signals a wide open expanse of possibility. Split a burger with someone when you are falling in love, and you can die happily knowing this is your last meal. Buy a bottle of whiskey and share shots, pour me a waterfall. Play that perfect song on the jukebox and dance with someone you have known your whole life, though you met minutes ago. Inherently we fear an ending. To lose what you have because you got what you wanted. To be attached to the expectation of the outcome. The great Unknown," she began her lengthy post, which can be read here.
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."
After more than a year of dating — and weeks of speculation that they were on the rocks — Page Six on Nov. 2 confirmed that "Outer Banks" stars Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline have split. "Chase and Madelyn are not together anymore," a source told the New York Post's gossip column. "It's no secret among those who know them that they broke up." According to a second source, "things got rocky between Chase and Madelyn in September, and they were openly talking to friends about the breakup by October."
After years of trying to make their marriage work following a 2016 cheating scandal, Jana Kramer announced on April 21 that she and Mike Caussin were over. Multiple outlets reported that she filed for divorce after nearly six years of marriage, and within days, Jana's divorce petition was made public: The "One Tree Hill" alum cited "inappropriate marital conduct, irreconcilable differences and adultery" as the reasons for their split and April 20 as their separation date. According to a People magazine source, the former professional football player "cheated and broke her trust again." Said the insider, "After fighting for the marriage for so long, she's come to terms with the realization that his patterns were never going to change." Jana broke the news in a lengthy Instagram post, writing in part, "'It's time.' As I try to make sense of a reality I never wanted to believe could be possible again, those words have now become a reality. I've fought y'all. I've loved hard. I've forgiven. I've put the work in. I've given everything I have, and now I have nothing else to give." Jana and Mike briefly split in 2016 when his infidelity and issues with sex addiction first came to light but reconciled the following year.
Sean Penn's third marriage is over already! According to TMZ, "Animal Kingdom" actress Leila George — the daughter of actors Vincent D'Onofrio and Greta Scacchi — filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Oct. 15 after just 14 months of marriage. Sean and Leila — who have nearly 32 years between them — had been a couple since 2016 and married in July 2020. (Sean, by the way, is only a year younger than Leila's father.)
Seven months after getting engaged, it's over for "Vanderpump Rules" stars James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss after five years as a couple. On Dec. 5, a source told People magazine that the pair ended things — Raquel also returned her ring — while filming the season 9 reunion special on Dec. 3. Later on Dec. 5, the duo announced their split on Instagram in identical posts accompanied by this selfie. "After these 5 wonderful years we had together, we decided we have two different goals and made the decision to call off the engagement. We love each other very much, but we aren't in love anymore," they wrote. "We want nothing but the best for each other so please keep any thoughts positive. Sending Love."
Another one bites the dust! Just two and a half months after their on-camera engagement aired on the finale of season 17 of "The Bachelorette," Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes revealed they've split. "It is with mutual love and respect that we have decided to go our separate ways. We are so grateful for the moments we shared together and the entire journey that has unfolded this year, but we ultimately have concluded that we are not compatible as life partners, and it is the most caring choice for both of us to move forward independently," they announced in a joint statement shared on their respective Instagrams. "We ask for kindness and privacy as we both navigate this transition. Both of us will forever want the best for one another and ask you to please support us in our decision."
"Hamilton" stars Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas Jones have split after six years together and nearly three years after getting engaged, a source confirmed to E! News on Nov. 30. A second source told the outlets that the pair's engagement ended before they broke up. The "In the Heights" actor and the Emmy-winning actress met during rehearsals for the original off-Broadway production of "Hamilton" and started dating in 2015. The split news comes just two days after a viral TikTok alleged that Anthony was "all over" another woman at a strip club in Los Angeles sometime earlier in November.
Just one week after welcoming their first child, son Prince Lyric, singer Aaron Carter and fiancée Melanie Martin broke up (again). Aaron took to Twitter on Nov. 30 to tell fans that "there has been a very big lie and my sister communicating w my ex fiancé ruined everything considering she knew what [my twin sister, Angel] tried to do to me in court thanks angel you ruined my family. God bless." Aaron went on and on, adding, "I have the most conniving deceiving family and Melanie has been lying to me the whole time communicating with my twin sister and the family members who tried to put me in prison and who tried to get a conservatorship on me in court." Aaron — whose family drama has made headlines for years — called himself a "single dad" and claimed that Melanie was leaving and taking their newborn to Las Vegas. But days later, the new parents reconciled. "Relationships aren't easy," Aaron tweeted in part, while Melanie took to her Instagram Story to apologize for communicating with Aaron's twin behind his back. "My intentions in contacting his sister Angel were not of ill intent. I wanted to try to resolve the situation so we could all be a family. I now realize that wasn't my place and I never should've done that," she shared.
In December the outlet The Blast revealed that Meagan Good's husband of nearly a decade, DeVon Franklin, filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Dec. 20. The following day, the pair released a statement confirming the breakup news: "After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to go into our futures separately but forever connected. We celebrate almost a decade of marriage together and a love that is eternal. There's no one at fault, we believe this is the next best chapter in the evolution of our love. We are incredibly grateful for the life-changing years we've spent together as husband and wife. We are also extremely thankful to God for the testimony being created inside us both and for blessing our lives with each other," they said. Their divorce documents listed "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split and noted that they officially separated in August.
After a year of dating, former "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Joe Giudice and Italian girlfriend Daniela Fittipaldi, a lawyer and food blogger, have broken up. "I have a lot going on right now and don't have time for a relationship," Joe told People magazine in a statement, explaining that he's focusing his attention on working on an "appeal to get back to the U.S." to see his four daughters with ex-wife Teresa Giudice following his deportation to his native Italy in the wake of a federal prison sentence for fraud crimes. "I just honestly don't have the time or headspace for a relationship right now," he added. "It was great while it lasted with Daniela and we will see what the future will bring. I'm just more concentrated on everything else right now."
After 10 years of marriage, it's over for Valerie Bertinelli and husband Tom Vitale, a financial planner and CEO of e-commerce company Veebow. TMZ reported that on Nov. 24, the "One Day at a Time" and "Hot in Cleveland" actress filed for legal separation in Los Angeles, citing "irreconcilable differences." Court papers reveal the former couple have a prenup, and that the Daytime Emmy-winning cooking show host — who was previously wed to rocker Eddie Van Halen — has asked a judge to deny both of them spousal support.
Another one bites the dust. "The Bachelorette" star Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark, who proposed at the end of season 16, which aired in late 2020, have ended their engagement. "Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark are no longer a couple," a rep for Tayshia told People magazine and Page Six on Nov. 22. A source further told Page Six that the pair "both felt the pressure of navigating a public relationship, but in different ways. It really started to wear on them each as individuals. They started drifting apart in recent months and ultimately came to realize that they don't work as a couple."
During an Oct. 28 interview with Us Weekly, Jaime King revealed that she's "not dating" anyone at the moment, signaling that her relationship of about a year with activist-entrepreneur Sennett Devermont has ended. The following day, Page Six reported that, according to a source, the couple split at the "beginning of fall" after their relationship had "run its course." Explained the source, "They met [while in lockdown during] COVID and were together through that, and then she had to work. She filmed a movie and he was there for that, but then, in the summer, she filmed two movies away and he didn't go. She was away from him for three months, and then it just kind of wasn't there anymore."
On the Oct. 28 episode of "Watch What Happens Live," Padma Lakshmi revealed that she's currently "single." It was the first indication that her relationship with poet Terrance Hayes had come to an end. The pair were first linked in June.
Liv Tyler and Dave Gardner have amicably ended their engagement and their romance after seven years and two kids together, The Sun reported on Nov. 2, adding that the "Lord of the Rings" actress has moved back to Los Angeles while Dave — David Beckham's best friend, who handles the soccer team owner's commercial deals — remains in London. "Dave and Liv spent all of the first lockdown together and are a great team as parents. But unfortunately, they've grown apart and increasingly they've been living separate lives. Both wanted to focus on their careers — her acting and producing, and Dave running his business and working on David's Inter Miami football project," a source told The Sun. "They officially parted ways back in March but they've kept it quiet so as to minimise the fuss, and ensure their kids were OK. They've now come out the other side and are the best of pals. They even went on holiday together this summer."
"Sister Wives" stars Kody Brown and Christine Brown announced their split on Nov. 2. Christine joined Kody's plural marriage back in 1994, coming in as his third wife in a spiritual marriage. (Kody was only legally married to first wife Meri, whom he divorced to legally marry fourth wife, Robyn, to provide health insurance to her kids.) Christine shared the news on Instagram, noting that she was the one who decided to walk away. "After more than 25 years together, Kody and I have grown apart and I have made the difficult decision to leave," she began her post, which later asked for "grace and kindness" as they move forward. The couple shares six children together.
In October, speculation emerged claiming that "Vanderpump Rules" star Lala Kent had dumped producer Randall Emmett — with whom she welcomed daughter Ocean earlier in the year — amid rumors he was unfaithful. Though a source told E! News in late October that Randall was "trying to win her back over" and "doing anything to make her happy," apparently it wasn't enough: On Oct. 30, TMZ reported that the split was a done deal, writing that "the engagement has been called off on both sides," that Lala moved out and that "there's no hope of reconciliation."
Country music singer Ty Herndon (right) and boyfriend Matt Collum have split after more than a decade as a couple, Ty announced on Instagram on Oct. 27. "After 11 beautiful years together, I want to let you know that Matt and I have decided to go our separate ways as life partners. However, we are committed to remaining lifelong friends, and I am confident that will be the case," Ty wrote alongside a photo of himself with his former love. "We appreciate the support Nashville and so many of you have given us over the years and look forward to continuing a close relationship with each other and all of you." Added the "What Mattered Most" singer, who publicly came out as a gay man in 2014, "The Bible tells us that for everything there is a season. We both are looking forward to this next season of our lives with hope, optimism, and love."
We first met Michael Jessen, 46, and Juliana Custodio, 23, back in 2019 on season 7 of "90 Day Fiancé" when the show followed the Brazilian beauty's move to the States to start a life with the entrepreneur and his two children from a previous marriage. But on Oct. 12 — what would have been their second wedding anniversary — the duo took to Instagram to announce their split. Their posts became a back and forth: Michael originally claimed their marriage was a "COVID-19 casualty" that left him "completely drained." Juliana, however, wrote, "You pointed [to] COVID-19 as one of the reasons we are not longer together, but we all know that there are more [reasons] than that." She shared that they'd gone through a "hard time financially" and noted her feelings on the matter: "I wasn't part of the family anymore, I was feeling like a maid," she said. Michael later took down most his original Instagram caption, writing instead, "Edited for fairness, earnestness, and after helpful feedback. Consider this a mea culpa on the OP and on our marriage. I am truly sorry to have hurt Juliana, and anyone else, in anyway. It was not my intention and it was a mistake to post such a delicate and private matter publicly."
Actress Taryn Manning's engagement to musician Anne Cline is over after just a few months. Anne popped the question in the middle of one of her concerts in Florida in June, and Taryn accepted. Us Weekly reported on Oct. 3 that, according to a source, "Taryn only said 'yes' because her ex, Anne, put her on the spot." The source said that the "Orange Is the New Black" and "Karen" actress soon realized that the romance "just was not the right relationship for her" and quietly ended things in late August or early September and has already started dating again. "She now has moved on and is happy in a new relationship," the source said.
"The Challenge: War of the Worlds" co-stars Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio and Morgan Willett have broken up after two years of dating, People magazine reported on Sept. 28. Morgan shared a cryptic statement with People magazine confirming their split. "I've always tried my best to be an open book and after seeing everything circulate over the internet, I felt like I should let you all know that Johnny and I are no longer together," she said. "While I feel heartbroken, I'm thankful to know the truth. Johnny is someone I loved & respected very much and so I will be taking some time to heal and process it all." She went on to thank "everyone for the support," adding, "and when I'm ready to share more, I will."
On Sept. 28, E! News reported that "The Real Housewives of Orange County" OG Vicki Gunvalson and her fiancé of more than two years, Steve Lodge, have broken up. Multiple sources confirmed the split, with one claiming Steve ended things. "Steve and Vicki had been living separately for much of the pandemic," a source said. "Steve had been living like he was a single man in Puerto Vallarta [Mexico], while Vicki was in the U.S." The report claimed they first split in June and unsuccessfully tried to reconcile. Us Weekly cited an insider who said Steve "broke up with Vicki while she was filming [a 'Real Housewives'] spinoff show in the Berkshires," and that after he told her it was over, "she was traumatized. It ruined her." As of late September, Vicki was "still a mess," the insider added. "She's in terrible shape. She still loves him." According to the Us insider, "They had not been getting along for a long time. He seemed disinterested in her for a very long time." On Sept. 29, Vicki took to Instagram to confirm the breakup news, writing, "Yes, the rumors are true. The time has come for Steve and I to move forward or move on and we are …. moving on. There is no fault with either person, we are just going in different directions. I wish him the best life has to offer and to be happy, and he has wished the same for me. I gave it my all, but sometimes the 'ALL' isn't enough." Vicki and Steve, who ran for California governor in the summer of 2021 and lost, dated for three years before getting engaged in 2019.
It's over — again. On Sept. 27, Page Six reported that "The Bachelorette" stars Clare Crawley and Dale Moss have broken up for the second time, and according to a source, this time it's really done. The couple fell for each other in the first days of season 16 filming in 2020 and got engaged within four episodes, then split in January 2021. By February, they were back on, and in recent months there's even been secret-marriage speculation. But in late September, a source told Page Six, "Dale and Clare have split again. This time it's for good. It didn't end well."
On Sept. 23, Jason Derulo took to Twitter to announce that he and Jena Frumes called it quits just five months after welcoming their son, Jason King Derulo. "Jena and I have decided to part ways. She is an amazing mother but we feel being apart at this time will allow us to be the best versions of ourselves and the best parents we could be. Pls respect our privacy in this time," he wrote. Oddly, the new mom, a model, took to Instagram the previous day to gush over music and TikTok star Jason in honor of their shared birthday (Sept. 21). She captioned a since-deleted Instagram post, "Blessed to share the same day of birth with my lover. You are the most handsome, hardworking, talented, silly, loving human ever. You truly make me whole and I'm so grateful for the love we share. You and our mini make me the happiest girl in the world and I can't wait to make more memories with you guys. I know I'm a tough cookie but you make me soft and accept me for who I am and I'm forever grateful for that. Cheers to another year! I love you so much, forever." So what happened in that 24-hour span?! Jason and Jena started dating in March 2020.
Rocker John Mellencamp is no longer dating luxury realtor Natasha Barrett, whom he met through his daughter, former "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, People magazine revealed on Aug. 15. The musician and the blonde beauty's romance was first reported in June.
On Aug. 16, it emerged that "Mama June" Shannon and troubled boyfriend Geno Doak — whom she started dating in 2015 or 2016 — are no longer a couple. While speaking to a friend on social media, the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" matriarch said she and Geno, who's currently incarcerated on drug charges, broke up a while ago, although she didn't offer up a timeline as to when the split happened. "If you wanna know where Geno is, he's got an Instagram. You wanna know where he's at, that's his business. That's not part of my life, hasn't been," June said.
Former reality TV star Jon Gosselin and girlfriend Colleen Conrad have split after seven years as a couple. They "both wanted it to work out. They tried it all: couples therapy, family counseling, everything possible," an insider told In Touch, which broke the news on Aug. 12 just a few days after the nurse practitioner revealed she'd had a single mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis earlier this year. "Jon wishes her the best and will continue to help her through her cancer battle," the insider added. "The kids love Colleen and will continue to be in her life." The "Jon & Kate Plus 8" alum spoke to The Sun, explaining, "It's hard, it was a big decision. … We had some struggles and we tried to push through them as best we could, but it didn't really work out the way we thought it would. I still love and care for Colleen but we've both determined that it's the natural end." Page Six reported that the couple officially broke up in February and that Colleen was diagnosed in April, though Jon said he's continued to use the health insurance he has through his IT job for Amazon to help cover her medical costs.
It's over for "The Bachelorette" alum Tyler Cameron and girlfriend Camila Kendra after eight months of dating, Page Six reported on Aug. 9. The news came as a surprise to some fans as barely a week earlier, the male model confessed during an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live," where Camila was in the audience, that he was in love with her. But according to a source who spoke to Page Six, "things took a turn." Right before the news broke, Instagram gossip account Deuxmoi posted a photo of Tyler at a bar in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, where an unidentified blonde woman was seen "all over him," an eyewitness told the account.
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.
After more than 23 years of marriage, Jim Belushi and his third wife, Jennifer Sloan, have split. According to TMZ, the actor filed for divorce on Aug. 6. It's the second time the couple has made moves to end their marriage. In March 2018, Jennifer filed for divorce, though she and Jim later reconciled.
On July 27, Lindsie Chrisley took to Instagram to announce that she and husband Will Campbell (seen here) are divorcing after nearly a decade of marriage. Their 2012 elopement was not well-received by her father, Todd Chrisley, and the drama played out on the first season on the family's reality show, "Chrisley Knows Best." "While one door closes, another opens," Lindsie captioned a photo of herself with son Jackson in an empty new house in Atlanta. "It's with the deepest sadness that, after 9 years of marriage, Will & I have mutually decided to end our marriage. We maintain the greatest respect & love for one another, & we're so grateful for our time together. We will continue to remain friends & be devoted parents to our son whom we both love very much. Personally, I am focusing on the new beginnings ahead & a fresh space with the move this week. Thank you in advance for respecting our privacy as we work through this challenging time for our family."
Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola of "Jersey Shore" fame confirmed her split from fiancé Christian Biscardi — to whom she got engaged in 2019 after two years of dating — in a TikTok video she posted on July 26. In the clip, she responded to Q&A-style messages as follows: "Are you coming back to 'Jersey Shore'? No. Are you single? Yes. Are you happy? YESSS!"
"13 Reasons Why" star Tommy Dorfman publicly came out as a transgender woman in a July 22 interview with Time magazine. In the process, she revealed that she and husband Peter Zurkuhlen are no longer romantically involved. "We've had incredible conversations to redefine our relationship as friends," she said.
Model Paulina Porizkova took to Instagram on July 20 to announce that she and writer-director Aaron Sorkin had recently split. The pair made headlines in April when they confirmed they were dating by posing together on the red carpet at the 2021 Academy Awards.
"Southern Charm" star Naomie Olindo suddenly unfollowed her boyfriend of more than three years, Metul Shah, on social media in early July and deleted old photos of him from Instagram, which on July 12 sparked online buzz that she'd caught him cheating and ended things. An anonymous source told Instagram gossip account Deux Moi that the anesthesiologist "cheated with his ex" — a woman with whom he'd been "talking again for over a year." (Other anonymous sources claimed he cheated with more than one woman.) Naomie — who'd just moved to New York City to be with Metul — then took to her Instagram Story to confirm their breakup. She also confirmed that her ex strayed and further implied that she learned he was cheating after she discovered messages between him and other women.
On July 10, multiple media outlets reported that music manager and mogul Scooter Braun and wife Yael Cohen, a co-founder of the health organization F*** Cancer, had separated following seven years of marriage and three kids together. Less than two weeks later, Scooter filed for divorce and soon deactivated his social media accounts.
TMZ published a joint statement from famed music producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and wife Nicole Pantenburg on July 13 announcing that they're divorcing after seven years of marriage. The exes have a daughter together.
On July 2, Us Weekly reported that in January, "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation" star Angelina Pivarnick filed divorce papers seeking to end her year-long marriage to sanitation worker Chris Larangeira. The news followed months of speculation about the state of their up-and-down relationship, which has been chronicled on the 2021 season of Angelina's MTV show. Us noted things seem to have improved since the filing: Chris joined his wife at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in May and she posted a photo with him to her Instagram Story in June to celebrate his birthday. According to E! News, the reality star was still wearing her wedding ring during a July 14 dinner date with her hubby in New Jersey.
Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis and his husband of eight years, Johnny Chaillot, have split after eight years of marriage. Johnny quietly filed for divorce in Los Angeles on June 11, and on June 18, Greg announced their breakup in an Instagram post, writing, "At this time, Johnny and I wish to share that we are respectfully and mutually ending our marriage. Marriage among all couples is more often than not challenging, and, particularly during #pridemonth, it's important that we say how grateful we were to be among the first gay couples to have the privilege to marry legally, and face these challenges so many do. It's something not so long ago that many of us were certain would never happen." The champion diver continued, "And so, we make this announcement with that in mind, and to ask for the respect and privacy of anyone heading down this new road we must embrace. Thanks to everyone who has supported and nurtured us all of these years."
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.
It's over for Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson — again. On June 21, Page Six broke the news that the couple — who endured cheating scandals in 2018 and 2019 and reconciled in 2020 — quietly split up "a few weeks ago." The latest split news emerged on the same day DailyMail.com reported that Tristan "disappeared into a bedroom with three women during a Bel Air birthday party — and emerged 'disheveled' 30 minutes later" on June 18. TMZ reported that the reality TV star and the NBA player broke up in the wake of cheating allegations that arose in April when Instagram model Sydney Chase claimed that she and the NBA player hooked up; another woman also alleges that Tristan fathered her child. (He's denied both claims.) A source told Page Six that Khloe and Tristan are "getting along. There is no drama. Everything is amicable, and they are on the same page with co-parenting" their 3-year-old daughter, True.
It's over for former Fleetwood Mac singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and his wife of 21 years. On June 8, TMZ reported that Kristen Messner filed for divorce in Los Angeles County. She and Lindsey met in the late '90s when she photographed him for the cover of one of his solo albums, then married in 2000. They have three children — a 17-year-old and two who are now adults.
Nine months after British pop star Liam Payne and Texan model Maya Henry confirmed they were engaged after two years of dating, the former One Direction singer revealed that they've ended their romance — and he's taking the blame. "I feel like more than anything at this point, I'm more disappointed in myself that I keep on hurting people," he said on the June 7 episode of the "Diary of a CEO" podcast, as reported by Page Six. "That annoys me. I've just not been very good at relationships. And I know what my pattern of things is with relationships at this point. I'm just not very good at them so I just need to work on myself before I put myself on to somebody else." According to Liam, "I just wasn't giving a very good version of me anymore, that I didn't appreciate and I didn't like being. I can honestly say I feel better out of it. I didn't feel good doing what I did but it had to happen. Just a corny way to say it was the best for us both."
Matthew Perry has ended his engagement to Molly Hurwitz, People magazine reported on June 1. The "Friends" star and the literary manager got engaged in November 2020. They started dating in 2018. "Sometimes things just don't work out and this is one of them," Matthew said in a statement. "I wish Molly the best."
"Sex and the City" hunk Blair Underwood and Desiree DaCosta announced on May 30 that they were splitting after 27 years of marriage. The couple shares three adult children. "It has truly been a beautiful journey," they said in a joint statement. "We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we embark upon this new chapter of our lives, separately."
"The Real Housewives of Potomac" star Gizelle Bryant revealed on the May 28 episode of "The Breakfast Club" that she and her ex-husband, pastor Jamal H. Bryant — who wed in 2002, divorced in 2009 and reconciled romantically in 2018 — are no longer a couple. "We were working on us getting back together and being back together, but he lives in Atlanta, I live in Maryland, and with the pandemic, we realized it's just not the right time. It's just not going to work," she said, adding that she's "single." Despite the split, Gizelle said that her ex "will always be in my life" because they share three daughters.
On May 25, news broke revealing that Erica Mena had filed to divorce "Love & Hip Hop" star Safaree Samuels in Georgia three days earlier — less than three weeks after they announced that she's pregnant with their second child. The couple, who share 1-year-old daughter Safire, were married for less than two years.
On May 16, People magazine and "ET" reported that it was over for Trevor Noah and Minka Kelly. The host of "The Daily Show" and the actress — whose romance was made public in August 2020 — dated for a year, a source told "ET." "Minka and Trevor have broken up," the source confirmed. "Their work commitments and careers are very different and they both felt like they should take time apart." The source added that the "Friday Night Lights" alum has been "leaning on friends, traveling and keeping busy since their split" while the comedian "has been doing his own thing too." However, on June 1, People reported that the relationship was still in play: According to a source, the two — who were seen spending time together in St. Barts in late May — are "not officially back together" but are "figuring things out." According to a second People source, the "Daily Show" host and the actress were "kissing" and "cuddly" with each other during a May 25 dinner on the Caribbean island. The following day, they reportedly left the vacation destination together via the same private plane.
It's over for Carrie Ann Inaba and Fabien Viteri after less than a year of dating. The "Dancing With the Stars" judge took to her Instagram Story on May 12 to announce that their relationship had recently ended. "I am single. Again," she wrote. "I am also… grateful for what was. Confused. Uncertain of the future. Sad. Hopeful. Trying to allow the emotions. Trying to be strong. Allowing myself space to cry. And I will grow. And I will evolve. And I will survive this too. And I will honor the gift that it was." Carrie Ann and Fabien started dating in the summer of 2020.
Comedian John Mulaney is divorcing Anna Marie Tendler after six years of marriage. His rep confirmed the news — which comes a few months after John completed rehab — to Page Six on May 10. "John will not have any further comment as he continues to focus on his recovery and getting back to work," said his rep. Anna Marie shared a statement via a spokesperson: "I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage. I wish him support and success as he continues his recovery."
Page Six revealed on May 5 that "The Bachelor" season 12 winner Shayne Lamas — who later starred on "Leave It to Lamas" with actor dad Lorenzo Lamas — had split from her husband of 11 years, gossip blogger Nik Richie. "After my engagement to ['The Bachelor' lead] Matt [Grant] ended [in 2008] … I was devastated and still in search of what I was originally seeking, which was to find love and start a family," Shayne told the New York Post's gossip column. "Shortly after 'The Bachelor' and 'Leave It to Lamas,' I married a man in Vegas after knowing him less than 24 hours on a complete whim. But I can honestly say after 11 years of marriage and two beautiful and thriving children, it was a successful decade. Nik and I are best friends and will continue to raise our children as a team but our marriage has been empty for years." Shayne went on to reveal that she and her husband "have not been intimate in almost a year and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that will take a toll on any marriage no matter how much respect you have for each other."
On May 4, "The Real Housewives of Dallas" star Kary Brittingham announced that she and husband Eduardo were calling it quits after 12 years of marriage, sharing on Instagram alongside a family photo, "Eduardo and I have made the very tough decision to separate." Kary went on to call him "the most amazing father these past 17 years to my four kids and for that I am eternally grateful." They share a daughter and Eduardo has helped raise Kary's three kids from a previous marriage. "We are stepping into this new journey as co-parents together and while I know it's going to be an adjustment, I am confident that we can handle this next chapter of life with the same amount of mutual respect and love we've shared with each other for so long," she continued, adding that "starting over at 50 is scary and change can be hard, but I know that we are doing the right thing for ourselves and our children. If you believe in the power of prayer, please pray for us as we walk through this uncharted territory."
It's over for Bill Gates and Melinda Gates. On May 3, the famed philanthropists — he co-founded Microsoft, where she worked as a general manager — announced that they're divorcing. The billionaires — who in 2000 founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a nonprofit that fights poverty, disease and inequity around the world — revealed their split news in a joint statement on Twitter. "After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives," they wrote. "We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life." Melinda filed for divorce the same day in King County, Washington, revealing in her paperwork that the marriage was "irretrievably broken" and that she and Bill — who have a reported net worth of more than $130 billion — do not have a prenuptial agreement and want a judge to divide their assets according to a separation agreement. She also noted in her petition that "spousal support is not needed." The pair share three adult children: Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18.
On April 30, Us Weekly reported that Lucy Hale's brief romance with actor Skeet Ulrich had recently come to an end. "It was more of a trial run," a source told Us. "They wanted to see if they could be more than friends, but it didn't feel right. Skeet was pushing harder, but he's cool with it ending." Their fling reportedly lasted for three months.
Celebrity chef Cat Cora's marriage is over. On April 30, TMZ reported that music exec Nicole Ehrlich filed for divorce in Los Angeles on April 26 — less than a week after they marked their three-year wedding anniversary. This is the second divorce for the "Iron Chef" and "Around the World in 80 Plates" star, who has four kids from her first marriage to Jennifer Cora, whom she divorced in 2015 after a 17-year relationship that made headlines for its bitter aftermath. Nicole has two boys from a previous relationship with ex Rosa Ehrlich.
Actor Jason Segel and pyrography artist Alexis Mixter have split after eight years together, she revealed on Instagram in a lengthy, loving post on April 29. "This is a photo of two best friends. This guy and I have shared so much life together. Changed each other at a soul deep level. All for the better. The depth of our bond was something I could never have anticipated. I've never spent so much time with another person, grown so much alongside someone else, laughed so much, cried so much, shared so much," she began. "It is odd to write about the end of a relationship, especially when the friendship that still exists is so full of life. But change happens and we made the decision quite a while ago to let ourselves grow away from what our relationship had been and into what it was becoming." Alexis went on to say that her feelings as she shared the news of her breakup from the "How I Met Your Mother" actor were only "love and gratitude … Thank you J for being my best friend," she continued. "The person who shares all my favorite jokes, sees who I really am and all I want to be, loves me unconditionally and makes me always strive to be bigger and better than I was yesterday. I will never stop cheering you on with every cell of my body. I will never stop loving you unconditionally."
On April 28, Us Weekly reported that, according to a source, Katie Holmes and her boyfriend Emilio Vitolo Jr., "both have a lot of commitments piling up" and had "agreed to give each other space." Earlier in April, there were reports that the pair's hot-and-heavy romance had started cooling.
"Station 19" star Jay Hayden's wife of about 15 years, actress Nicole Hayden, quietly filed for divorce on Feb. 13, 2020, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, Us Weekly reported on April 27. In his response, Jay, who shares two kids with Nicole, listed their date of separation as Jan. 4, 2020. The actress recently revealed she's dropping Hayden and changing her name to Nikki Marie Bloss, taking her late grandmother's surname.
Actor Zac Efron and live-in 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." Days after the news made headlines, a source told Us Weekly, "Zac is about to start a busy year of filming and wanted to make a clean break now," noting that the actor was scheduled to shoot "Firestarter" in Canada for two months. 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.
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" newbie Falynn Guobadia announced on her Instagram Story on April 22 that she and her husband, Simon, are splitting. "After two years of marriage and five years of friendship, Simon and I have made the difficult decision to go our separate ways," she wrote. "We are deeply thankful for the impact we have made in each other's lives, as well as the bonds formed with each other's children. This mutual decision was not made lightly, and despite our current willingness to be transparent, we only ask our friends and supporters to be respectful with our privacy as our family gets through this very difficult period." Simon echoed her comments in a since-deleted Instagram post. He later revealed on Instagram Live that he's been "in this state of mind of pain for over a year" and that they've been "broken up since late January."
Model Carolina Delgado told Page Six on April 21 that she and "The Real Housewives of Miami" alum Romain Zago, who was previously married to Joanna Krupa, are divorcing after a year of marriage. "We are soul mates meant to be best friends," she said in part. "We get [along] way better this way." She added in a post on her Instagram Story, which Romain shared on his Instagram Story, "We care deeply about each other, I will always be there for him and vice versa."
Candace Cameron Bure revealed in an April 14 interview with Us Weekly that her 21-year-old son, Lev, called off his engagement to Taylor Hutchison, which they'd announced in August 2020. "He's no longer getting married. … It was a mutual decision, so nobody's upset and heartbroken," Candace said, adding that her son is doing "great" amid the breakup.
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.
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. After a few weeks of conflicting reports, Matt told People magazine in late April that they were seeing each other again and that he was "not pursuing any relationships right now outside of that." Added the reality star, "I said I was going to focus on my relationship with her and that means focusing on it."
"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 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, 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.
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."
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."