7 Celebrity Couples Who Split Up and Actually Did Break Our Hearts
By Emily Krauser
Hey, guys. We're really sorry about this. When we wrote this listicle last year about couples who couldn't divorce or we'd lose all faith in love, we had no idea that we were bad luck psychics because, well, a lot of them split.
But now that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have split up, we're more heartbroken than ever. ET confirmed on Tuesday that the 41-year-old actress had filed for divorce from the World War Z star, her husband of two years, on Sept. 15.
While we mourn the glory that was Brad and Angie, let's break out the tissues, pop in some rom-com DVDs (it's how they would want it, having met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in the aughts and all), and look back at the seven other once beautiful Hollywood loves that have all split since last summer.
When Bennifer split in July 2015, it was the beginning of the end for A-list love. Once these two went kaput, it seemed many of our beloved duos followed suit. Impressively, however, Ben and Jen have remained quite amicable -- they are spotted together frequently and always seem to put their three children -- 10-year-old Violet, 7-year-old Seraphina, and 4-year-old Samuel -- first.
Interestingly, just like Brangelina, this love started on-set -- the pair met while filming Daredevil in 2003. Maybe this says more about dating coworkers than anything else?
This was the rapid-fire divorce heard around the country world -- nay, the whole world. After ten years together, four of them spent married, no one expected these two beloved country crooners to not just split but to do so incredibly quickly. If you think this was tough for us to process, imagine how difficult it was for the two actually involved.
In the cover story for Cosmopolitan's January 2016 issue, Miranda admitted that she was still processing what went wrong and how to move on, though she clearly has with her new beau, crooner Anderson East. "[Marriage is] a tough business, and we gave it our best college try," she said of her split from the "Sangria" singer.
As for Blake, he is famously head over heels for his new girlfriend, fellow Voice judge Gwen Stefani. And, boy, do they let us know it. Not only that, but he recently released If I'm Honest, while Miranda's new album, Wings, will drop in November, meaning their music is providing a lot of insight into both of their coping mechanisms over the last year.
3. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
The cream of the rockstar couple crop bit the dust in August 2015, one month after news broke about Blake and Miranda's divorce. Gwen has credited her new beau, Blake, for saving her after her marriage of 13 years crumbled, telling Refinery 29, "It was a really super-unexpected gift to find a friend, somebody who happened to be going through the exact same thing as me, literally mirroring my experience. I don't think it's an accident that that happened. It saved me."
The No Doubt frontwoman channeled her sadness into her third solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like. Released in March, the achingly truthful tracks were inspired by both Gavin and Blake, plus the EP is her first to score the No. 1 Album spot on the Billboard 200 Chart. How's that for turning heartbreak on its head?
Gwen and Gavin did not sign a pre-nup but have worked out shared custody of their three sons, 10-year-old Kingston, 8-year-old Zuma, and 2-year-old Apollo.
4. Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger
It was hard not to love these two. Even if Joshua wasn't a sweetheart, we would've had a soft spot for him in our hearts anyway thanks to his teen hearthrob days as Pacey on Dawson's Creek, and Diane has not only a killer fashion sense but scene-stealing chops on the big screen. The two were open about not feeling the need to get married, and we appreciated their bohemian take on modern dating. But then, as if we needed prove that all good things come to an end, the couple parted ways in July after a decade together -- and just four months after moving in together.
At the time of her move to New York City, the German actress -- who was married to Guillaunme Canet from 2001 to 2006 -- did admit to Net-a-Porter's The Edit that she didn't know if she would tie the knot again, saying, "Welcome to my dilemma." However, moving in with Joshua was supposed to be the next stage in their relationship. "[Moving here] was a major commitment," she explained. "That's a big step into adulthood for me, to allow that time for someone else out of my time."
Well, it looks like both will have plenty of alone time now to heal.
5. Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman
We were really rooting for Drew on this one. After a tumultuous childhood and failed, short-lived marriages to Jeremy Thomas in the '90s and Tom Green in the early aughts, the actress-producer had finally found love with art consultant Will Kopelman. The two settled down and had two adorable daughters, 3-year-old Olive and 2-year-old Frankie, but it wasn't meant to be -- Drew filed for divorce in April after four years of marriage.
"Drew is really bummed that it didn't work out," a source told ET at the time. "They really tried hard towards the end to make it work, but they decided going their separate ways was best."
This indie dream team wasn't married, but after nearly two decades together, we considered them a sure bet. They even started a production company, Points West Pictures, and appeared together in 2011's Friends With Kids, which Jennifer wrote and directed.
Though there were rumors of a split in early 2015, shockwaves were still sent through Hollywood when they officially broke up last September. "With great sadness, we have decided to separate, after 18 years of love and shared history," the couple told ET in a joint statement. "We will continue to be supportive of each other in every way possible moving forward."
Now who will be by Jon's side for a Mad Men reunion, hmm?!
"After almost 6 loving and wonderful years together, we have decided to end our relationship," their joint statement said. "This was an incredibly difficult decision for both of us, but we have realized more than anything that we are better as best friends. We will always be supportive of one another. Thank you to everyone who has offered us kindness and support over the years."
Not only were we sure that these two were on their way down the aisle, it seemed the "Confident" singer did, too. Last year, she told ET we'd have to ask Wilmer if an engagement was happening any time soon, and she also told a New Zealand radio station, "I am very, very in love with him. I think -- we will probably wait a little bit longer, but -- if he asked me tomorrow I would say yes." So, what happened? Only Demi and Wilmer know.