Celebrity divorce scandals used to get covered up by powerful Hollywood studios — but The National ENQUIRER has exposed decades of dirty celebrity splits for stars like Matt Lauer, Mel B, Lisa Marie Presley, Angelina Jolie and more! Check out the shocking conclusions to these major showbiz marriages that ended as real disasters….
ALEC BALDWIN & KIM BASINGER met on the set of the doomed comedy “The Marrying Man,” and ended up in a doomed marriage that nearly trashed their careers. The stars bombed again in 1994’s “The Getaway” before filing for divorce in 2001 — with a brutal custody battle that had Alec attending anger-management classes after a leaked tape of him calling their daughter Ireland a “thoughtless little pig!”
CHARLIE SHEEN & DENISE RICHARDS were a power couple when they married in 2002, but the “Wild Things” actress filed for divorce from her troubled husband in 2006. The aftermath included shocking claims of abuse that were only made believable by Sheen’s subsequent meltdowns. Things weren’t any less disastrous when Sheen married (and divorced) Brooke Mueller, too.
LIZA MINNELLI & DAVID GEST had an old-fashioned showbiz wedding in 2002, and then had a modern mess of a celebrity split! A failed attempt at a reality show would lead to the couple taking each other to court, with David claiming Liza had brutally beat him. Their divorce in 2007 was bitter enough for David to get a last laugh at Liza at his funeral in 2016!
DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER were celebrated as a feminist twist on the usual Hollywood version of a May/December marriage. That was before The ENQUIRER caught Ashton running around with other gals. By the time of their divorce in 2013, Ashton was already dating his former co-star (and future wife) Mila Kunis.
TIGER WOODS & ELIN NORDEGREN had one of the messiest breakups in golf history after the top pro crashed his SUV outside his home in Nov. 2009. It was later reported that Elin had chased Tiger out of the house with a golf club after catching him in an affair while going through his cell phone. Tiger’s clean reputation was wrecked as multiple affairs began to emerge, including several with porn stars. He later went public as a sex addict.
PRINCESS DIANA & PRINCE CHARLES were a storybook couple who made worldwide headlines with a scandalous divorce after 14 years of a royal marriage. Diana remained a popular figure even while refusing to hide that her husband had an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles. But despite her saintly reputation, Diana also had her own illicit lovers — but remained beloved until her death in Aug. 1997.
SHERRI SHEPHERD & LAMAR SALLY enchanted fans of “The View” as they courted and were married during the comedienne’s stint on the show. Things got uglier after their split in 2011, with Sherri going to court over paying child support for their baby that was still being delivered by a surrogate. That battle has kept her divorce still going in court as of Sept. 2018!
JON & KATE GOSSELIN went from being reality stars to being too real after their marriage fell apart while raising their eight kids — including the sextuplets that made them famous. Their divorce became final in 2009, but it’s been a very unhappy ending with a continuing custody battle. The ENQUIRER also caught Jon struggling for work while Kate keeps up a reality-TV career.
SANDRA BULLOCK & JESSE JAMES seemed like an unlikely couple when they married in 2005, as one of America’s most beloved actresses married a notorious biker who’d found fame running a custom motorcycle shop. Sandra would file for divorce in 2010 amid multiple accusations of Jesse cheating with bad girls, including an alleged neo-Nazi. Jesse later said the split made him “the most hated man in the world.”
MADONNA & SEAN PENN were a showbiz power couple in the ’80s, but that ended in the box-office bomb of “Shanghai Surprise” and a 1989 divorce after a volatile four-year marriage. Madonna didn’t have much better luck with divorcing director Guy Ritchie. In later years, however, the pop diva would defend Sean’s bad reputation, insisting that he’d “never struck me, ‘tied me up,’ or physically assaulted me.”
PAUL McCARTNEY & HEATHER MILLS became one of showbiz’s most costly marriages after the former Beatle seemingly rushed into the 2002 marriage after the death of his beloved Linda in 1998. Amazingly, Paul didn’t bother with a prenup before the wedding — allowing the one-legged model to walk away with a $48.6 million settlement after just six years of marriage.
HULK HOGAN & LINDA HOGAN enjoyed some reality-show fame, but their marriage of 25 years couldn’t survive Linda’s claim that the WWE star had an affair with their daughter’s best friend. Linda filed for divorce in 2007, getting $3 million in property and over 70% of the couple’s liquid assets. Hulk has since started to rebuild his career and his fortune after a devastating sex-tape scandal.
CHER & SONNY BONO lasted a lot longer than the diva’s marriage to Gregg Allman, and they were a lot more successful on the pop charts, too. But the couple’s very public split in 1975 was still full of bitterness. “She really wanted it always to be just be Cher,” Sonny later complained, “not Sonny and Cher!” Cher would later look back fondly at Sonny, but also once complained that he had treated her “more like a golden goose than a wife.”
JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD split after just 15 months, with the blonde beauty having quickly stolen the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star from his longtime love Vanessa Paradis. The couple never quite warmed the heart of the public, but things got even colder when the two broke up in late 2016 amid claims of abuse. A divorce was quickly finalized, with the couple declaring: “There will be no further public statements about this matter.”
KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES have been almost forgotten since the reality diva went on to marry Kanye West — but their divorce lasted a lot longer than the 72-day marriage. Kris said he was “devastated to learn” that Kim had filed for divorce in 2011, and the messy split was held up for years over his insistence on an annulment. Kim was already pregnant with Kanye’s baby when they comprised on a dissolution of marriage.
TERRENCE HOWARD & MICHELLE GHENT were only together for 13 months before she filed for divorce in 2011, but that was long enough for yet another scandal to mar the temperamental actor’s big-screen career. Terrence accused Michelle of blackmail, while his wife went to court with texts that included chilling messages like: “I will never allow a restraining order or anything to keep me from my wife.” In 2018, she sued Terrence for $909,418 in unpaid spousal support.
JENNIFER ANISTON & BRAD PITT may have had a pretty pleasant divorce compared to his split from Angelina Jolie — but Brad still had to survive charges that he’d broken the heart of the very popular “Friends” star when their five-year marriage ended in 2005. There was already buzz of Brad having an affair with Angelina while filming “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” in 2004, and the two were seen traveling together a month after his divorce from Jennifer was finalized.
KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM worked in plenty of drama as the reality star and former NBA star played out their relationship on television — getting married just a month after they met in 2009. Lamar confessed to drug use and “multiple affairs with different women” after Khloé filed for divorce in 2013. She’d later be at his side after Lamar overdosed in a brothel, and then had a child with b-ball star Tristan Thompson in another troubled romance.