Celebrity relationships and breakups have become part of our pop culture, we used to read about their relationships in tabloid magazines, but the emergence of celebrity gossip websites like TMZ, social media, and smartphones have made both their relationships and indiscretions more open to the public, which can’t seem to get enough of it. Here is a list of the top 10 most surprising celebrity break ups.
10. Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez
The young couple was together for over two years, until rumors began circulating about Bieber being involved with a Victoria’s Secret model. They officially broke up in early 2013, much to the delight of Beliebers worldwide, they have also been seen getting cozy with each other at different times during the year so don’t be surprised if they get back together in the future.
9. Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian
The former professional basketball player and his reality star wife of four years decided to end their marriage in December 2013 amid allegations of infidelity, as well as Odom having a substance abuse problem. The couple denied rumors of a divorce for most of their marriage, but the writing was on the wall when reports surfaced that Odom moved out of their marital home, and went on a drug binge despite people close to him asking him to seek treatment for his substance abuse problem.
8. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
The former Disney star and the Hunger Games actor called it quits in the summer of 2013, after an on and off relationship of almost four years, which included a year long engagement. There are mostly differing opinions about what caused the break up, but the main reason according to the tabloids is Miley’s decision to ditch her good girl Disney persona, and embrace a racier one that includes singing about partying with drugs and being sexually suggestive in her videos. The apparent last straw was her highly publicized performance at the MTV Video Music Awards where she twerked on Robin Thicke.
7. George Clooney and Stacy Kiebler
Just when the whole world was getting used to seeing blonde bombshell and former WWE wrestler Stacy Kiebler by George Clooney’s side, the two announced that they were breaking up after being together for two years. They said their schedules made the relationship difficult to maintain, and will remain good friends.
6. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
After 13 years of marriage, this power couple decided to spend some time apart from each other. They reportedly drifted apart while Douglas was undergoing treatment for throat cancer, and Jones was dealing with issues with her bipolar disorder. The couple haven’t filed for divorce yet, and have two children together, so there is still hope for a reconciliation.
5. Clint and Dina Eastwood
The veteran actor and his wife of 17 years announced their separation earlier in the year; Dina Eastwood filed for divorce later in the year citing irreconcilable differences and is seeking spousal support and full custody of their 16 year old daughter. This break up might get ugly because Clint Eastwood, who is estimated to be worth $350 Million has requested that the judge not grant Dina spousal support because they have a prenuptial agreement, he is also asking that she pays her own legal fees.
4. Josh Brolin and Diane Lane
The two were introduced to each other by Barbara Streisand, who is Brolin’s step mother in 2002, and had been married since 2004. They have had a rocky relationship from the beginning of their marriage, with Brolin getting arrested for a domestic dispute when the police were called to their home a few months after they got wed. Brolin has had other legal problems, which mostly involved getting in fights which were sometimes alcohol related. They finally decided to separate earlier in the year, and finalized their divorce in November. The reason their representatives gave for the divorce was that “the relationship just ran its course.” They both have children from previous relationships, but none while they were married.
3. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
This split broke the hearts of a lot of Twilight fans, depending on if they were on team Edward or team Jacob. The two became an item while filming the Twilight trilogy, and quickly became one of Hollywood’s favorite young couples and paparazzi targets. The relationship became serious and they moved in together sparking rumors of an engagement, but it all started falling apart when the paparazzi took pictures of Stewart meeting privately and kissing the director of her movie “Snow White and The Huntsman.” The pair broke up after that, but temporarily got back together before finally calling it quits. The couple has moved on from the relationship, but some Twilight fans are still holding out hope for a reunion.
2. Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr
One of Hollywood’s most beautiful couple ended their six year relationship and three year marriage. The Hobbit actor and model have a 2 year old son, and have said they still respect each other, and will remain friends. They will remain important parts of each other’s life and try to help each other as much as possible, especially for the sake of their son. It is unknown if the couple have officially filed divorce papers, but they aren’t expected to get back together anytime soon.
1. Jason Segel and Michelle Williams
This was the most surprising breakup because it was one of the relationships people thought would work out. The pair kept their relationship out of the press for a very long time, which was refreshing to see since some couples get together just to make headlines, create some buzz for their movies, or to keep their names in the news. The relationship suffered because Williams wants to raise her daughter from her relationship with late actor Heath Ledger in New York, and Segel was based in Los Angeles where he films his television show. Williams also wasn’t ready to commit, which made them decide it would be better if they ended the relationship.
There were other notable celebrity breakups in 2013, but these were the most surprising of them all. Expect to read about some more surprising celebrity breakups in 2014.