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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
On September 2016, TMZ reported Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce from her husband of two years and partner of 12 years, Brad Pitt. While rumours from infidelity to bad parenting spread, perhaps the most telling piece of information is Jolie is surprisingly going for full custody of the couple’s six children granting Pitt only visitation rights. If a wildly successful multimillionaire couple couldn’t make it, love must be dead, the internet concluded. 

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt reportedly cheated on his wife of five years Jennifer Aniston when he was filming his movie Mr and Mrs Smith with Angelina Jolie. It was not only the most shocking thing to happen to the perceived golden couple, it was war. #TeamAniston and #TeamJolie played out for 12 years post this marriage breakdown. Today, reports for US Weekly have claimed Aniston responded to the Jolie and Pitt news with “that’s karma for you!” “She always got the sense that something would happen with them eventually,” a source allegedly told the publication. “She didn’t feel that Angelina was truly the one Brad was meant to stay with. She always felt that Angelina was too complex for him. He’s a pretty simple guy.” 

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Hollywood, July 17 2012: The date will be forever marked as a day a celebrity nuclear bomb was dropped, tremors felt throughout the world. In the midst of the Twilight hysteria in which both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson starred, the pair extended their relationship beyond the screen. But when 22-year-old Stewart was caught by paparazzi kissing her Snow White and The Huntsman director, married man Rupert Saunders, 41, the pictures went viral and Bella and Edward were over. Staunch fans lashed out online at Stewart, many crying, most angry. It really was the end of the world.

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck began dating when they met on the movie flop Gigli in 2002. Affleck proposed with a 6.1. carat pink diamond engagement ring and the couple were the first receiving celebrities of joint nicknames. Coined “Bennifer”, in the pre-social-media world, the term wasn’t a hashtag but implied they were bound forever. Lopez called off the wedding in 2004 (and married ex Marc Anthony mere months later.) She has recently said Affleck was her first big heartbreak. “I think different time, different thing, who knows what could have happened, but there was a genuine love there.” (Editor’s note: Remember Affleck in Lopez’s Jenny From The Block music video?) 

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
When actor-come-director Ben Affleck was reportedly cheating on his wife Jennifer Garner with the nanny, we were shocked. But in a Vanity Fair interview, Garner revealed the couple had been separated for months before the “nannygate” incident. “She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes. It’s not great for your kids for [a nanny] to disappear from their lives.

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Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom
Maybe the most drama-free, amicable split in the world. Still, when Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr split from her husband of three years, it seemed her fairytale life also shattered. The shock break-up in part proved love was indeed dead. Well, until Kerr got engaged to Snapshot founder and billionaire Evan Spiegal and Bloom began dating and getting publicly naked with Katy Perry.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
One of the most fascinating parts of this break-up story was how Katie Holmes escaped the scientology grasp. Reports claim Holmes used a disposable cell phone provided by a friend to contact divorce attorneys. She didn’t want her husband Tom Cruise to find out what she was up to. Hiring three law firms in different states to ensure she got the best deal, Holmes’ dad helped her leave Cruise while alleged scientologists tried to track her.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom
Khloe Kardashian had saved Lamar Odom on more than one occasion. When he nearly died of a drug overdose in 2016, Kardashian nursed him back to partial health. But when he relapsed, she was done. The split wasn’t so much shocking as it was imminent.

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Kourtney Kardashian was the voice of (nagging) reason to every big night Scott Disick had. The latter loved the spraying bottles in clubs lifestyle (his salary depended on these appearances as well) and Kardashian, who had just given birth to the couple’s third child, Reign, wasn’t happy. Refusing to settle down, she got rid of him and while the couple have remained friends, the reality star is in no hurry to rush a reunion.

Kris and Bruce Jenner
Decades of marriage boiled down to one explosive relationship breakdown. But it wasn’t the separation so much as it was the reason for it that shocked people. Sadly, after years of hiding away, Bruce decided to become the woman he knew he was his whole life. Caitlyn was then born and naturally, it was all played out on television. 

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
Any woman who was a teenager in the early 2000s will understand this one. At just 23-years-old, Jessica Simpson married (and lost her virginity to) Nick Lachey. But after three years of marriage – and one reality show in Newlyweds – the couple shockingly split. Reasons for the break-up differ each side with some claiming Simpson grew tired of Lachey’s partying ways while others blamed Simpson’s father’s constant control over his daughter’s life.

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Elisabetta Canalis and George Clooney
She was after the young waitress Sarah Larson but before former pro-wrestler Stacy Keibler and many thought Elisabetta Canalis was the one who would marry off the loveable spinster. When the Italian actress/model and actor split in 2011 after two years, we were all a little bit sad. Canalis met and married orthopaedic surgeon Brian Perri a few years later and has a one-year-old daughter Skylar. Clooney, of course, went on to marry the brainy and beautiful humanitarian lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who admittedly is much more suited to him.