Actress Charlize Theron dumped actor Sean Penn the new-fashioned way in 2015: she reportedly ghosted her fiancé for a few weeks until he got the message. A source told Us Weekly, “Charlize wasn’t responding to his calls and texts. She just cut it off.”
Theron’s disappearing act became the talk of Tinseltown, but she said the gossip was ridiculous. “There is this need to sensationalize things,” she told The Wall Street Journal magazine. “When you leave a relationship there has to be some f**king crazy story or some crazy drama. And the f**king ghosting thing, like literally I still don’t even know what it is.” Okay, okay, moving on. (By the way, Penn declined to comment on that article.)
Actor Matt Damon and actress Minnie Driver dated for more than a year, until he boldly proclaimed on Oprah that he was single, leaving the poor British beauty to find out at the same time as the rest of the world. Ouch! Driver later told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s unfortunate that Matt went on Oprah. It seemed like a good forum for him to announce to the world that we were no longer together, which I found fantastically inappropriate.”
Pop star Katy Perry and comedian Russell Brand were married for 14 months when they suddenly announced their divorce in 2012. What we didn’t find out for more than a year was just how Brand dumped his wife. Perry revealed to Vogue, “He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him. Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011.”
Rocky (1976) star Sylvester Stallone dated model Jennifer Flavin for more than five years before dumping her in 1994 with a six-page handwritten letter, delivered to her via FedEx, reported People. “It was pretty sloppy,” she quipped at the time. After a brief engagement to model Angie Everhart and suspicions that he fathered a baby with model Janice Dickinson (it wasn’t his), Sly eventually crawled back to Flavin and married her in 1997—and they’ve been going strong ever since.
Singer Phil Collins actually did dump someone via fax: his wife of 10 years, socialite Jill Tavelman, in 1994. She told People that in fairness, when he was touring at the time, that was his main means of communication. “[Daughter Lily] hasn’t seen her father for two months. She keeps weeping, ‘I want my daddy,'” Tavelman said. “Phil sends her faxes, but I know she’d rather hear his voice. Phil doesn’t phone because he has to save his voice for the next day.” The pair have since become more amicable
In 2008, pop star Joe Jonas became the first of a long line of famous men to reportedly break songstress Taylor Swift’s heart, and he did it by phone. She told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, “I’m not even going to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone in 25 seconds when I was 18…I looked at the call log—it was like 27 seconds. That’s got to be a record.”
To be fair: Jonas said that conversation was a two-way street. People reported that Jonas penned a blog to his fans about the split. “For those who have expressed concern over the ’27 second’ phone call, I called to discuss feelings with the other person,” he wrote. “Those feelings were obviously not well received. I did not end the conversation. Someone else did. Phone calls can only last as long as the person on the other end of the line is willing to talk.” Who did the real hurting on this one? You be the judge.
Swift and Scottish DJ Calvin Harris dated for more than a year before they broke up in June 2016, and it got ugly fast.
It was revealed only after their split that Harris and Swift had collaborated on his hit “This is What You Came For.” Swift used a pseudonym, “Nils Sjoberg,” in the songwriting credits, reportedly to avoid drawing attention to their relationship and overshadowing their music. It was a move that all parties involved supposedly agreed to, so when Harris said he wouldn’t consider collaborating with his then-girlfriend in an interview, it should not have been a thing. But it was.
Shortly after they split and Swift hooked up with actor Tom Hiddleston, her rep announced that she co-wrote the song, which Harris didn’t deny. In fact, Harris even noted that she also sang a bit on the song and praised what a great job she did. However, he did call her out for what he interpreted as a calculated and spiteful move on her part to belittle his own producing and musical talent. He tweeted, “I figure if you’re happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do… Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage… I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it.”
After a whopping 72 days of wedded bliss, reality star Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from NBA baller Kris Humphries. He reportedly learned about the filing from TMZ. Hey, at least the relationship made for good TV, right?
Rumor has it, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine reportedly split with Victoria Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo, started romancing fellow Victoria Secret model Nina Agdal, but then reconciled with Prinsloo and asked her to marry him. Sources told Page Six Levine broke the news to a “heartbroken” Agdal via text
Former Glee (2009-15) star Naya Rivera found out her engagement to rapper Big Sean was over…from reading reports about the split online. Ouch! She reportedly suspected he was cheating on her with pop star Ariana Grande, who he started dating not long after their breakup.
“We’d been fighting for five straight days while he was traveling, and then on the one day that he was back in LA, he said he didn’t want to see me,” Rivera recalled in her book Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up (via the Daily Mail). “Well, a**hole, I’ve got a key to your house. I walk in, go downstairs, and guess what little girl is sitting cross-legged on the couch listening to music? It rhymes with “Smariana Schmande.”‘ She added, “I learned that I was no longer getting married from the internet, and at the same time as the rest of the world. Not only were we no longer getting married, but apparently we weren’t even together anymore.”
Rivera ended up marrying Pitch (2016) actor Ryan Dorsey on the same day her wedding to Big Sean had been scheduled for in July 2014. (Dorsey and Rivera split in late 2016.
In May 2016, actress Amber Heard filed for divorce from actor Johnny Depp after less than two years of marriage. Less than two weeks later, she filed a domestic violence restraining order against him and shared a photo of her with a bruised eye she claimed was caused by Depp, People reported. Depp denied the allegations, but it only got uglier from there.
Allegations of infidelity swirled, and a video of an angry, allegedly drunk Depp was released to press. The estranged couple even fought over its eventual $7 million divorce settlement and whether Depp should have written checks to Heard or donated them directly to the charities of her choice. The split was finalized about eight months after the initial filing, and even that was somewhat contentious in its wording—the agreement stipulated that Heard was not allowed to speak about the domestic violence allegations she’d previously levied against the Pirates of the Caribbean star
Linda and Hulk Hogan split in 2007 after he allegedly had an affair with Christiane Plante, a close friend of their daughter, former pop star Brooke Hogan. (Plante denied having an actual affair, per se, insisting she and Hulk only hooked up after he and Linda privately agreed to separate. Linda insists Hulk flat-out cheated.)
The St. Petersburg Times (via E! News) reported that Linda received “a little more than 70 percent of the couple’s liquid assets, along with 40 percent ownership in his various companies. He also paid her an additional $3 million property settlement, which was partly pocketed from the sale of their beach house.” Linda also reportedly landed “$7.44 million of the couple’s $10.41 million held in bank and investment accounts.”
After filing for divorce, Linda hooked up with Charlie Hill, a 19-year-old pal of their son, Nick. In Linda’s autobiography (via the Daily Mail), she claimed Hulk engaged in affairs with men and abused her throughout the marriage, though she never reported it until after their divorce. Hulk denied all of the allegations, telling Good Morning America (via the Daily Mail), “When we were going through the divorce, and she was with her 18-year-old boyfriend, if I even was in the same town with her…she would file charges that I looked at her the wrong way at a red light, and wanted to have me put in jail. So if I beat her up for 23 years, why didn’t we talk about this at the divorce? And why, all of a sudden, is it coming out now, when her book’s come out?”
Hulk then sued Linda for defamation of character in 2011, and she later retracted her claims and insisted she’ll always love him. However, her love for him didn’t stop her from dissing him after he won a $115 million judgment against Gawker for publishing a sex tape of him and a friend’s wife (Hulk reportedly did not consent to being filmed). Linda told Inside Edition, “It made me a little bit sick. I don’t know how he can sleep at night getting that money for doing what he did in a roundabout way. It’s dirty money
Future and Ciara called off their engagement in 2014, just three months after their son was born. Sources told Us Weekly that Future’s infidelity led to the split. The breakup triggered a bitter custody battle, as well as Ciara filing a lawsuit against Future for defamation of character and slander.
Ciara claimed Future’s nasty tweets and interviews about her cost her a $500,000 deal and that he threatened her now-husband Russell Wilson over Instagram. She later dropped the defamation portion of the suit, reportedly due to lack of evidence, and the remaining civil suits she levied against him were dismissed. Their custody case wasn’t settled until January 2017. Ciara and Future received joint custody of the tyke, who is also named Future
Mel B filed for divorce from husband Stephen Belafonte in March 2017 after nearly a decade together. The former Spice Girl obtained a restraining order against Belafonte and accused him of physical abuse (which her sister and even Sharon Osbourne corroborated). Mel also claimed Belafonte sexually exploited her and forced her to record sex tapes and engage in threesomes against her will; impregnated their nanny, Lorraine Gilles, and then forced the nanny to get an abortion using Mel’s money. Belafonte vehemently denied the allegations.
After Mel’s allegations went public, Gilles sued the America’s Got Talent judge for defamation of character. The nanny claimed the only sexual encounters she experienced with Belafonte also included Mel. Belafonte reportedly threatened to expose Mel’s alleged drug use in court, and multiple witnesses on Belafonte’s witness list accused Mel B of harassment. On top of all that, the couple’s exorbitant spending was exposed in court documents.
At the time of this writing, Mel’s lawsuits against Belafonte and Gilles, as well as a custody battle over not just her and Belafonte’s daughter, but also Mel’s daughter with ex Eddie Murphy, are ongoing