As news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce hits the headlines, we look back at five celebrity divorces we didn’t see coming.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Beatles star Paul McCartney’s divorce from former model Heather Mills was one of the most explosive in showbiz history. The couple were married from 2002-2006, before their divorce was finalised in 2008. Their lavish wedding took place in Glaslough, Co. Monaghan. In several interviews Mills said the breakdown of their marriage was caused by McCartney’s daughter, Stella. Mills and McCartney had one daughter together, Beatrice Milly McCartney, and Mills left the marriage with a €31m settlement, which she reportedly spent in 22 months.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married for eight years before splitting in 2008. They had son Rocco together and adopted their second son, David Banda, during their marriage . It was ruled earlier this month that Rocco would live with his father, rather than Madonna. The pop star reportedly paid Ritchie between €67 and €81 million, including the value of their London pub, the Punchbowl and their country home in their divorce.
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
TomKat got engaged in a whirlwind romance just eight weeks after they met, during which Cruise jumped on the couch during The Oprah Winfrey Show declaring his love for Holmes. Cruise and Holmes divorced to “protect Suri [their daughter] from Scientology [Cruise’s religion]” in 2012 after six years of marriage.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Paltrow announced that she was “consciously uncoupling” from the Coldplay frontman after 10 years of marriage on her lifestyle website Goop in 2014. The infamously private couple had two children together, Apple and Moses.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
J Lo and Marc Anthony were married for seven years and had twins Max and Emme together before splitting in 2011. Lopez went on to tell People magazine that the divorce was the “biggest disappointment” of her life, but she knew it was the “right thing” to do.