17 Celebrity Breakups That No One Saw Coming

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 05: Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner attend the Comcast Entertainment Group Television Critics Association Cocktail Reception at The Langham Hotel on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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There are some celebrity couples that are on deathwatch from the moment they get together — Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, Leonardo DiCaprio and any Victoria's Secret model, movie co-stars after the premiere weekend — but then there are other couples that we can't believe called it quits. Whether the stars were completely adorable together or whether they were together for SO long that it seemed impossible for them to split, it's always a little sad when their love dies out. Click through to read about the celebrity couples that shocked the world by announcing their breakups. 

Kris Jenner

The Kardashian matriarch surprised everyone when she and her husband called it quits. 

Bruce Jenner

Say it ain’t so. The Keeping Up With the Kardashian stars, who married in 1991, lived apart for over a year before officially filing for divorce in 2014. 

Kim Kardashian

Unlike her mom and stepdad, this reality star’s breakup was shocking because of how quickly it happened. 

Kris Humphries

Kardashian and Humphries wed in a lavish, televised ceremony, only to have the star file for divorce from the basketball player after only 72 days of marriage. 

Melanie Griffith

Everyone thought that this celebrity couple was in it for the long haul. 

Antonio Banderas

The Working Girl star and her husband of 18 years filed for divorce in 2014, citing irreconcilable differences. Unfortunately, Griffith also had to deal with covering up her “Antonio” tattoo. 

Courteney Cox

Jaws dropped when the Cougar Town actress split from her longtime hubby. 

David Arquette

The Scream stars divorced shortly after appearing as a married couple in the fourth installment of the series. 

Orlando Bloom

The Lord of the Ring star and this model seemed perfect together, but things weren’t meant to be. 

Miranda Kerr

The couple announced their split in 2013, after three years together. Kerr insists that they stand as a united front for their young son, Flynn.

Heidi Klum

This couple always looked deliriously happy, which is why the world was so surprised to hear that they had ended their marriage. 


The model and the “Kiss From A Rose” singer filed for divorce in 2012. According to TMZ, Klum didn’t like that her now ex-husband had a quick temper.

Amy Poehler

Though Poehler and her husband were arguably the funniest couple in comedy, their love didn’t last. 

Will Arnett

The Arrested Development star and the Parks and Recreation actress were together for 10 years before their divorce in 2012, and Poehler recently admitted in her memoir Yes Please that, while she doesn’t think a 10 year marriage constitutes as failure, “getting a divorce really sucks.” 

Johnny Depp

It wasn’t so much Depp’s divorce that surprised us as it was what followed it. 

Vanessa Paradis

Depp and Paradis were together for 14 years and have two children together, but Depp never popped the question. He did, however, propose to his now-fiancée Amber Heard shortly after splitting with Paradis. 

Gwyneth Paltrow

Paltrow and her husband announced that they were “consciously uncoupling” after 10 years of marriage. 

Chris Martin

The Coldplay frontman and the actress didn’t show many signs of breaking up before their official split in 2014, but, luckily for their two children, they remain close.

Jennie Garth

Even the Mystery Girls actress was shocked when her husband filed for divorce, stating that the split was like “having the rug pulled out from under you.” 

Peter Facinelli

Garth admitted that she wished her husband “tried harder” to keep their marriage together, and the couple split after 11 years together. 

Ashton Kutcher

Everyone thought that the Two and a Half Men star and his former wife defied the odds by staying together despite their age difference. 

Demi Moore

Kutcher and Moore’s 2005 marriage surprised everyone just as much as the divorce did, but, despite their 16 year age gap, the couple didn’t separate until 2011 following rumors of infidelity on Kutcher’s part. 

Jennifer Aniston

The world was shocked when America’s sweetheart split with her A-List hubby. 

Brad Pitt

Everyone knows about the love triangle between Pitt, Aniston, and Angelina Jolie now, but, in 2005, no one saw the end of Pitt and Aniston’s seven year marriage coming. 

Nick Lachey

This couple was so cute together that they even had their own reality show Newlyweds about their marriage. 

Jessica Simpson

These two actually remained newlyweds for the majority of their marriage — they split up after only three years as husband and wife. At least we’ll always have “tuna or chicken?”

Jason Derulo

The “Marry Me” singer never got the chance to tell his now ex-girlfriend to do so. 

Jordin Sparks

Though Derulo denied that the split had anything to do with infidelity, the fact that these two broke up at all still stings. Even more shocking? That Derule broke up with his girlfriend of three years over the phone!

Sarah Hyland

The Modern Family star called it quits with her longtime boyfriend for a particularly shocking and scary reason. 

Matt Prokop

Hyland took out a restraining order against her boyfriend of five years after he reportedly threatened to harm her and her dog. 

Nina Dobrev

Damon and Elena may be endgame, but this Vampire Diaries couple was not. 

Ian Somerhalder

Co-stars Dobrev and Somerhalder split after three years together, which saddened and surprised fans of the on- and off-screen couple. Even more surprising than their initial split is the fact that Somerhalder is now in a serious relationship with Dobrev’s pal Nikki Reed. 

Tom Cruise

The Top Gun actor was surprised by his then-wife filing for divorce. 

Katie Holmes

Cruise admits that his Dawson’s Creek actress ex-wife left him in 2012 because she wanted to protect their daughter Suri from Cruise’s religion of Scientology. Holmes always seemed so supportive of her husband, so the assertion was particularly surprising.