Marriages are one of the most beautiful things on the planet, as two people profess their love for each other. However, while these marriages are so amazing in principle, they don’t exactly have the best track record as about half of marriages now end in divorce. And while a divorce is never a good thing and always hard, it is especially bad in Hollywood. This is because there is a ton more money at stake and every little detail is publicized by a ton of different medias. Here are 18 of the nastiest divorces in Hollywood and number 15 just became official a few weeks ago.
#18 Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan
These two fell in love while filming their second film together, which was DOA. But after Ryan had an affair with Russell Crowe, the marriage ended on bad terms. There was also rumors of infidelity on the part of Quaid, which he has denied. The husband in the 10th entry also was rumored to be cheating on his wife.
#17 James Cameron and Linda Hamilton
James Cameron is an absolutely legendary director and has directed some amazing films during his career. But his life got shaken up a mere 2 days after the 1997 Oscars, in which Cameron cleaned up for “Titanic”. Apparently, their marriage was terrible in every sense of the word and Hamilton walked away with a cool $50 Million from the divorce.
#16 Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
These two were a Hollywood super couple for the decade they were married. However, the two called it quits only one day after their 10 year wedding anniversary. It was alleged that Affleck cheated, but the couple both deny it. They had three children together. Another couple that had a very long marriage before a divorce comes in at number 13.
#15 Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
This entire relationship was pretty crazy to say the least. The two of them got engaged after only a few months of dating. They divorced after six years amidst a ton of rumors that Cruise’s affiliation with Scientology was too much for Holmes. This divorce was front page news for weeks, just like the 12th entry on this list.
#14 Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
The actor, bodybuilder, and politician has been going through his divorce and separation from Shriver for years now. Even though they have been separated for years, the divorce isn’t quite finalized, though it is inevitable at this point. They separated after Schwarzenegger had allegedly slept with the family housekeeper – a little cliche if you ask us.
#13 Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva
These two met at university and married before Costner became famous. But during their 16 years of marriage, he became a star and won 7 Oscars. But ultimately, it did not work out and Silva made about $80 Million in the settlement. Read ahead to slide number 3 to see another couple that was married before one of them became famous.
#12 Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy
The consensus best basketball player actually was married throughout his career, which a lot of people may not have known. He was married to Juanita Vanoy for 17 years before the pair called it quits in 2002, but worked on it before finally divorcing for real in 2006. The basketball star awarded his ex-wife over $168 Million.
#11 Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
This romance actually began after Irving auditioned for one of Spielberg’s films. And while she didn’t get the role, she got the man. She and the legendary director married in 1985, but unfortunately, the marriage only lasted 4 years before they divorced. The only form of a prenuptial agreement they had was written on a napkin and didn’t hold up in court.
#10 Bruce Willis and Demi Moore
During their time together, Willis and Moore were one of the biggest power couples in Hollywood. They were together for over a decade and even had three children together. Their divorce ended in sadness as Willis felt he failed as a husband and a father. Luckily for both of them, they ended up moving on to much younger partners.
#9 Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
These two seemed like they were a perfect couple. But that all faded away when Pitt shot “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” with Angelina Jolie and the two fell in love. Pitt has said nothing happened between him and Jolie until after he divorced Aniston, but who knows. Now we go from someone who was rumored to have been unfaithful to someone who definitely was, in our next entry.
#8 Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
During the last few decades, this is probably among the most famous and publicized breakups. Woods was easily the most famous golfer of all time and was among the highest paid athletes on earth. But in 2000, it was revealed that he had not only cheated once on his wife but numerous different times. They divorced in a highly publicized manner and he never returned to form after the ordeal.
#7 Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Superstar Madonna married Guy Ritchie in 2000 but the couple then lasted until 2008. Their divorce was highly publicized in the media, largely because of the $92 Million that Ritchie received in the settlement. This is nothing compared to what she’s worth. The next entry comes in as one of the biggest and most expensive divorce payouts in history and makes this one look like pocket money.
#6 Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
Despite the two being together for 17 years, doesn’t mean that things always work themselves out. They divorced in 2001 after a long marriage, and with no prenuptial agreement in effect, Mathison was in for quite a payday. After the divorce, she walked away with $118 Million of his hard earned money, which is one of the biggest settlements ever.
#5 Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Mills and the most famous member of the Beatle got married in 2002 after McCartney was single for over a decade. But they got divorced in 2008 and Mills was expecting quite the settlement. And while she got $48.6 Million, she was expecting and asked for about $250 Million, so McCartney got quite the deal.
#4 Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
This is the most recent divorce on this list and is one that got messy quick. The two were married for just over a year and Heard filed for divorce in May. Soon after, Heard alleged that he abused her and even blackmail was used. Their divorce only went through a few weeks ago. While these two were only married a few months, you won’t believe how long our next couple was married before they called it quits.
#3 Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore
This is a strange case on this list as these two got married after meeting in Austrailia, far before Gibson went on to be a huge actor. They had a very long and stable marriage, but it ended after 31 years when she filed for divorce. She was awarded an unbelievable sum of $425 in the divorce settlement.
#2 Heidi Klum and Seal
While their 2012 divorce after 7 years of marriage was amicable at first, that didn’t last very long. Rumors swirled about Seal’s temper and his hard partying being the reason for the divorce as she didn’t want her children around that. Seal, though also rich in his own right, Seal went after some of her wealth as well.
#1 Liz Taylor and Richard Burton
This was probably the most dramatic couple in the history of Hollywood. They actually got married to each other twice, with each marriage ending in divorce, with their second marriage barely being a year. Including marrying each other, they were each married over five times and it never really managed to work out for them.
So as you can see, these Hollywood divorces are about as bad as you can get. Millions and millions of dollars have changed hands and live have been ruined and slandered as a result. And the bad thing is, some people don’t learn their lesson and re-marry after having one end in an awful divorce. If this article teaches you anything, make sure you are ready to spend the rest of your life with someone before deciding to marry them. If you don’t, you could find yourself in an awful and nasty divorce just like these celebrities did.