Some shocked us (Arnold and Maria), and some we saw coming a mile away (Kim and Kris). But all of these star splits provided us with plenty of juicy gossip!
Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries
It wasn’t the fact that Kim and Kris split that was shocking — we never thought they vibed together — it was the fact that their marriage’s implosion was even more spectacular than their wedding. (And at $10 million for the nuptials, that’s saying something!) Much has been made of the fact that their 72-day marriage effectively cost $138,888 per diem. But the entertainment value of watching it rapidly unravel on “Kourtney and Kim Take New York”? Priceless!
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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver
It wasn’t just the fact that the ultimate California power couple announced their 25-year marriage was ending, it was the soap-opera-worthy circumstances: the successful scion of American aristocracy tearfully confronting her housekeeper to learn her husband had a love child. You couldn’t make this stuff up!
Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony
They certainly weathered their fair share of rumors of marital strife, but Jennifer and Marc always proudly asserted the strength of their seven-year marriage. That is, until the parents of twins Max and Emme announced it was kaput. Now J.Lo is back to flaunting her hot bod in super-sexy outfits and cavorting with a backup-dancer boy toy. The more things change, the more they stay the same …
Heather Locklear & Jack Wagner
They may have ended up together on the series finale of “Melrose Place” (the first, nonfailed one), but life was not to imitate art for these soap veterans, who called off their engagement this fall. Word has it they were worried a blended family wouldn’t work for their kids. Guys, hire a family counselor and rehire the wedding planner — we love you two together!
Jesse James & Kat Von D
We totally called this one … but Kat took the fun out of gloating when she acknowledged on Facebook — after allegedly meeting 19 women her fiancé cheated with — that “I know I deserve a big fat ‘I told you so’ from everyone, and wish I didn’t have to say, ‘You all were more right than you’ll ever know,’ but you were.” We were reminded that Kat didn’t really do anything wrong, since she hooked up with Jesse after his marriage to Sandra Bullock ended — and it’s not her fault she looks exactly like the equally tat-covered mistress who ended it.
Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore
They may not have been tabloid fodder like the other couples in this roundup, but when the Sonic Youth members announced their split in October after 27 years of marriage, the indie music world became, well, even more full of angst. The very fact that they were so low-key — not to mention the fact that they seemed like romantic and musical soulmates — makes us mourn their breakup far more than those of some higher-profile pairs.
Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
They were only broken up for a blink-and-you-missed-it span, but the “SexyBack” singer and the “New Year’s Eve” star’s split was significant for one reason: It upped the stakes. Justin, if you have a four-year relationship with a woman, spend a few months apart, and then decide you can’t bear to be without her, it begs the question: When are you gonna put a ring on it?
Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher
When they first got together, Demi and Ashton seemed an odd match (the term “cougar” coincidentally became common parlance around that time), but gradually we became convinced that their love was real, strong, and enduring. Now, by all accounts, it was the first two out of three. Ironically, shortly before Demi announced she was giving up on the marriage, Ashton joined “Two and a Half Men” as a hot rich dude whose wife recently left him, replacing Charlie Sheen’s drunken womanizer character. Is Chuck Lorre good at reading people or what?