Some celebrity couples look so completely loved up from the outside.
But we all know all the top celebs have a fantastic PR machine behind them who negotiate and manipulate the press by co-co-ordinating their every move.
We’ve all seen the cringe-inducing ‘Z-list’ celebs who court the paparazzi by being spotted with a ring on That finger, perfectly knowing the effect this will have on tomorrow’s gossip pages.
Then there’s the ones who go out publicly and ‘subtly’ make a show of how their ring is suddenly mysteriously absent. Cue massive social media meltdown, trending news, and finally the inevitable ‘I did not want to comment publicly on my private life but these rumours are getting out of hand / my ring was at the cleaners!” Gasp.
But with the local spate of Hollywood marriage and relationship break-downs, it seems love is doomed in celeb-land. Some are even dubbing 2015 ‘the year that loved died.’
We take a look at some of the more recent splits, and take a trip down memory-lane to some of the most shocking splits of the childhood sweethearts we grew up believing belonged together…
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
You know what they say about the best-laid plans…After 10 whole years together ‘Bennifer’s’ divorce was carefully orchestrated with publicists, lawyers, assistants, and other handlers working behind the scenes to make it seem as peaceful as possible — well, at least publicly.
But all that has now changed, what with the news that he is (allegedly) sleeping with the nanny. So despite originally claiming ‘they were still living together!’ and that ‘they aren’t fighting over their fortune’ – things have taken a decidedly bitter turn.
People magazine has claimed Jen found out about Ben and the nanny when they were in the Bahamas on a long-planned family vacation during which they would talk about the future of their marriage.
Sources claim Jen is “disgusted” about nanny-gate and that she won’t return Ben’s calls or texts. She no longer wants him to live in the guesthouse of their estate. “Discovering the extent of Ben’s relationship with Christine completely changed things,” a source told the mag. A photo of Ben and Christine Ouzounian, which was taken on July 19, is released.
Meanwhile the Daily Mail has reported the former nanny is living it up at one of the world’s most exclusive hotels – the luxurious Hotel Bel-Air.
A friend of Ouzounian has said it’s not just the hotel tab that Affleck is taking care of.
‘Aside from taking care of her every need at the hotel, Ben has given her enough money to cover all her bills and expenses, plus spending money, for at least the next three months,’ a friend told In Touch.
Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian
The on-off couple of nine years have finally split and it’s allegedly ‘for good’ this time after Disick was snapped cosying up to his rumoured former flame Chloe Bartoli in the South of France.
His addiction and partying ways have also been blamed.
Despite the long-played out arguments throughout ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ and their numerous spin-off shows, many were under the impression this was all an exaggerated display for the cameras. Kourtney’s hesitation to marry Scott was also heavily featured.
However it seems the reality star duo have finally come to an official end, with Kourtney’s family apparently so livid at Scott, that ‘Momager’ Kris Jenner has banned her from ever getting back with the troubled star, who was heavily promoting his club-appearances and new bachelor lifestyle in the immediate aftermath of the split.
Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards
The former One Direction star has left Perrie “absolutely livid” and “humiliated” after calling off their engagement more than two weeks ago – via text message.
The pair, who began dating in 2012 and got engaged the following year, now have to work out what to do with their recently purchased £3 million pound home.
The news comes after Perrie stood by her man following numerous cheating allegations, and is particularly shocking as many thought he had quit 1D in a bid to salvage his relationship.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
They had seemed like Hollywood’s ‘golden couple’ but in remarkably similar fashion to Bennifer, Brad and Jen announced their split just after what everyone thought had been a ‘make-or-break’ rendezvous in the Carribbean in what had appeared a last-ditch attempt to salvage their marriage.
Their shock split caused fans to quickly take sides, with many dubbing themselves ‘Team Jen.’
The tension around the infamous love-triangle rumours reached boiling point when Angelina claimed she and Brad has fallen in love on the set of their movie ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ in 2005.
Until that time Jolie and Pitt had maintained that they fell in love after Pitt split from Aniston after five years of marriage.
In the subsequently forthcoming issue of U.S. Vogue Miss Aniston gave a searing condemnation of her ‘notorious nemesis.’
Aniston said: ‘There was stuff printed there that was definitely from a time when I was unaware that it was happening.”
‘I felt those details were a little inappropriate to discuss.’
According to the interview, Aniston shakes her head in disbelief as she adds: ‘That stuff about how she couldn’t wait to get to work every day? That was really uncool.’
These days though, it seems the dust has settled. Publicly at least anyway.
Ten years on, it seems Jennifer Aniston is finally ready to build some bridges with her love rival.
In a surprise move the Cake star revealed that she had watched the Angelina-directed movie Unbroken, and complimented her exes new wife on her work.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
Returning to the reality royal family, Kim Kardashian and basket-baller Kris Humphries wed in an extremely lavish ceremony in 2011, which actually earned Kim a tasty $2m according to court documents.
However domestic bliss was not meant to be, with Kim famously calling time on their marriage after just 72 days.
Kim said in a statement at the time: ‘I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best.’
However it soon became very, very clear that the pair were very much not on civil terms, with a long dragged out divorce caused by Humphries, which almost culminated in a heavily pregnant Kim giving birth to Kanye’s baby while still married to Humphries. Kris had originally requested an annulment, claiming that Kardashian had arranged the marriage to get a ratings boost for her reality show.
The pair were divorced just in time for the pregnancy, but Kim blamed the stress of the ongoing trial for a health scare in March which was aired on ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians.’
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
It’s hard to believe there was a time when these two seemed like the sweetest pop-candy, innocent couple in the world of music. Whilst they looked like love’s young teenage dream,
Justin Timberlake later dissed Britney Spears with the song “Cry Me a River.”
He cast a Spears look-alike in his video for “Cry Me a River,” and sang “I already know/ I found out from him/Now there’s just no chance/ For you and me, there’ll never be” and later, “Your bridges were burned and now it’s your turn/To cry, cry me a river.”
The song didn’t help discredit rumours that pop’s golden couple split because Britney cheated with backup dancer and choreographer Wade Robson.