We all wish it could be different, but breakups are rarely painless. Whether it’s the kids, money, future plans or just anger, there’s almost always something to fight over. In a word: drama. If you follow the rollercoaster ride that is Hollywood relationships, you’re sure to have realized that celebrity splits are the biggest and most dramatic splits around. Cupid took a look at some of the worst celebrity divorces in recent years to see what practical lessons could be learned from the wreckage:
1. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: No discussion of celebrity breakups would be complete without a look at Kim Kardashian’s legendary split with Kris Humphries following a 72-day marriage. The two only dated for six months before Humphries proposed, and they never settled on plans for life after the wedding. Both accused the other of using their relationship as a money-making scheme. Financial issues aside, it’s this pair’s insistence on keeping themselves in the public eye that turned what could’ve been a quick and quiet split into a massive, messy parting of ways. In fact, their divorce is taking longer than their entire marriage … but it has kept their names in the tabloids.
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver: The aftermath of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s relationship shows that no matter how long a couple has been together, breakups can still be difficult and dramatic. Though the two had been married for 25 years, Schwarzenegger revealed in May of 2011 that, over a decade earlier, he had fathered a child with his housekeeper. The longtime couple tried to work things out in couples’ therapy, but even Schwarzenegger admitted that what he had done was inexcusable. Though Shriver quickly moved into a separate mansion, the two are technically still married and discussion of their divorce continues to this day.