13 horrifying celebrity break-ups that’ll make you glad you’re single
Marriages ended over text; separations announced on talk shows... these are brutal
If you’re still nursing a sore spot over that guy who broke your heart during school recess, please have a seat and pour yourself a cold one as the best of showbiz serve you a healthy dose of perspective. Deepika Padukone walked in on her boyfriend cheating on her, Katy Perry was dumped over text and Matt Damon informed Minnie Driver about their break-up on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
From the upper echelons of absolute insensitivity, we bring you 13 nightmarish breakups that celebrities have actually endured in complete view of the public eye.
How NOT to break up with someone: Celebrity edition
Taylor Swift on that time Joe Jonas dumped her over the phone
"We haven't talked since actually so it's like yeah. But you know what? Someday I'm going to find someone really, really great who's right for me....Oh it's okay. It's all right. I'm cool. You know what? It's like when I find that person that is right for me, he'll be wonderful and when I look at that person I'm not even going to be able to remember the boy who broke up on the phone with me in 25 seconds when I was 18. Sorry, I had to. Yeah, it was like a record for how quick. I looked at the call log—it was like 27 seconds. That's got to be a record!" — To Ellen DeGeneres in November 2008.
Jonas posted a response about that phone call on the Jonas Brothers website shortly after: "For those who have expressed concern over the '27 second' phone call, I called to discuss feelings with the other person. 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."
Justin Bieber on Selena Gomez's and his final on-off split
"We were working out how to be in a relationship, how to be ourselves, who we were, in the middle of having people judge our relationship through the media. I think that really messed my head up too. Because then, it's like trust and all this other stuff that starts messing with your mind. You're on the road. And there are beautiful women on the road. And you're just getting yourself into trouble…"—To i-d magazine in November 2015
"I moved in with my girlfriend when I was 18. Started my own life with her. It was a marriage kind of thing. Living with a girl, it was just too much at that age. But we were so in love. Nothing else mattered. We were all about each other. But when it's like that and you get your value from that, people will always disappoint you. Your girl or your dude, they're always going to disappoint you. Your full identity can't be in that person. My identity was in her. Her identity was in me. When stuff would happen, I would lose my freakin' mind, and she would lose her mind, and we would fight so hard because we were so invested in each other. Love is a choice. Love is not a feeling. People have made it seem in movies that it's this fairy tale. That's not what love is. You're not gonna want to love your girl sometimes but you're gonna choose to love her. That's something in life that I had to figure out." —To Complex in September 2015
Selena Gomez on watching their relationship's ups and downs in the tabloids: "At first I didn't care. To me it was: I'm 18, I have a boyfriend, we look cute together, we like that. Then I got my heart broken and I cared. Because people had no idea what was going on, but everywhere it was a million different things."
Rita Ora on finding out via Twitter that Calvin Harris had dumped her
Harris announced their breakup on Twitter without telling her. "Rita was left embarrassed when he tweeted that it was all over," a source told The Sun in June 2014. "She didn't think he was going to make the announcement, so she was shocked."
A year later, Ora talked to Wonderland and Marie Claire about the breakup: "There was a reason why I split up with him. And there was a reason why I'm at this point in my life where I feel like I have so much musical freedom, and I don't have to explain myself to anybody… It was more of a thing where I was in awe. I was at that point in my relationship where I felt he could do no wrong. I thought he had my back and that he'd never steer me wrong. But then "I Will Never Let You Down" came out, and everything started to go a bit weird. I don't know if it was because business was mixed with personal or what." —To Marie Claire, July 2015
"At the time… I just wanted to crawl in my bed and die. But I got out of it the other side, I'm surviving." —To Wonderland magazine (via The Mirror)
Katy Perry on finding out out via text that Russell Brand was divorcing her
In a June 2013 interview, Perry explained that Brand ended their marriage with one text message: "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."
"[He was] hysterical in some ways… Until he started making jokes about me and he didn't know I was in the audience, because I had come to surprise him at one of his shows. So. Hysterical to a point. I mean, I have to claim my own responsibility in things. I do admit that I was on the road a lot although I invited him time and time again, and I tried to come home as much as I possibly could.
"At first when I met him he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they're like, I can't handle the equalness. He didn't like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour. So that was really hurtful, and it was very controlling, which was upsetting. I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can't necessarily disclose because I keep it locked in my safe for a rainy day. I let go and I was like: This isn't because of me; this is beyond me. So I have moved on from that."
Ariana Grande on getting dumped over text
"The worst way I've been broken up with would probably be over a text message the opening night of my tour right before I was about to go on stage." —To Complex in November 2013
Fans believed this to be about Jai Brooks who Grande dated before moving on to Nathan Sykes in 2013. Brooks and Grande first started dating in August 2012, broke up a year later, and would get back together again in May 2014 before calling it off for good in August 2014.
Jordin Sparks on Jason Derulo's brief breakup phone call
After dating for almost three years, the couple suddenly broke up in September 2014. Derulo confirmed then in a radio interview that he broke up with her over the phone because he "wasn't in town." Sparks expanded on their breakup in January 2015 during an interview with The Breakfast Club on Power 105. It came out of left field for her (Derulo had, after all, written "Marry Me" about her):
"We had an argument, like this little tiff or whatever. I apologized, I was like, 'Okay, that came out totally wrong,' and then it was just really awkward for a second—[the argument] was like a family type thing. We had just a normal—you know, you're in a relationship for three years, you start having these little whatever. So it just got really awkward and I was like okay, I'm sorry, I apologized. I asked him if we were good and he was like, yeah, we're good, whatever. So then I leave and then he just doesn't call. But he helped me with my bag to the car, he kissed me, he told me he loved me and then didn't call! I can laugh about it now but at the time I was like, 'what the f*ck?'"
"I'm the type of person who needs communication, right and I'm like, 'We need to talk about this so we can move past it.' I'm like that with all of my relationships, whether it's friendships or not. And so He wasn't responding, and I was like, 'Okay,' so then, I just stopped and I was like, 'You need to come get your sh*t.' So he got all of his stuff out of my house."
Jennifer Lopez on Ben Affleck breaking up right before their wedding
"When Ben and I split up at the moment when I thought we were committing to each other forever it was my first real heartbreak, it felt like my heart had been torn out of my chest. People do lots of things to anesthetize themselves in moments like these. Some people do drugs, some drink and some go out and party. I sought out comfort in another person, tried to find someone who could make me feel loved and wanted in my loneliest hours. And that was the moment when Marc [Anthony] reappeared in my life." —In her memoir True Love (via Huffington Post)
Lopez would end up marrying Anthony five months after the two's breakup in 2004. (They announced they were getting a divorce in July 2011.)
"[Ben] was probably my first big, big heartbreak, and to have one of my best friends who I'd known for years [Marc], who I actually love and did have chemistry with, come into my life and say, 'I'm here.' What you need to know is, nobody can save you or heal you. Only you can do that for you." —To Maria Shriver on the Today Show in 2014
Perrie Edwards on Zayn Malik ending their engagement over text
"It was horrible, the worst time in my life. A four-year relationship, two-year engagement ended by a simple text message. Just like that. Even though things in my career were going really well, it was incredibly difficult for me....I didn't want to be alone because when I was, I'd start thinking about things and get upset."
"After I split with my partner, out of the blue, I had nowhere to go, which was incredibly stressful. For a while I had no idea what to do. I thought about renting but I've got dogs and cats, so that was no good. At the time we were promoting "Black Magic", and while I was in America, things really hit me and I panicked. I realized I was homeless. I was crying every day, dreading coming back." —In Little Mix's memoir Our World (via E! Online)
Jennifer Aniston on Brad Pitt ending their marriage and dating Angelina Jolie immediately after
"Is it odd timing? Yeah. But it's not my life. He makes his choices. He can do—whatever. We're divorced, and you can see why."
"I can also imagine Brad having absolutely no clue why people would be appalled by it. Brad is not mean-spirited; he would never intentionally try to rub something in my face. In hindsight, I can see him going, 'Oh—I can see that that was inconsiderate.' But I know Brad. Brad would say, 'That's art!'"
At this point, the Vanity Fair reporter noted Aniston rolled her eyes, pretending to screw something into her forehead. "There's a sensitivity chip that's missing." —To Vanity Fair, September 2005
Minnie Driver on Matt Damon announcing their breakup on the Oprah show
"Everything has to be made so mythic. There are these archetypes that everybody has to take apart. I had to be the victim. It's horrendous breaking up with someone anyway, but to have it be so public and to be cast in a role that I would never play if they were paying me—this wronged woman! 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. Of course, he was busy declaring his love for me on David Letterman a month previously." —To the Los Angeles Times in July 1998
Jennifer Garner on the media aftermath of her and Ben Affleck's separation announcment
"I turned on CNN one day, and there we were. I just won't do it anymore. I took a silent oath with myself last summer to really stay offline. I am totally clueless about all of it. Ben says, 'Oh, you just don't care,' and I say, 'No, it's the opposite.' It hurts me so much, and I care so much. I cannot be driven by the optics of this [how my divorce looks to the outside world]. I cannot let anger or hurt be my engine. I need to move with the big picture always on my mind, and the kids first and foremost."
She also addressed the report that Affleck had been cheating on her with the nanny the two hired: "Let me just tell you something: We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes. It's not great for your kids for [a nanny] to disappear from their lives. I have had to have conversations about the meaning of 'scandal' [with my children]."
"No one needs to hate him for me. I don't hate him. Certainly we don't have to beat the guy up. Don't worry—my eyes were wide open during the marriage. I'm taking good care of myself." —To Vanity Fair in March 2016
Imtiaz Ali was a witness to the Kareena Kapoor-Shahid Kapoor break-up
When Shahid and Kareena broke up in 2009, Jab We Met director Imtiaz Ali unwittingly turned into a spectator. "I was never a confidante in the Shahid-Kareena relationship. Though they were my lead actors, they didn't discuss their life with me. It is sheer coincidence that Shahid and I were in a hotel room in Ahmedabad promoting JWM, when he got the news that Kareena had moved on. When the news broke, it's not as if I sat him down and gave him some pep-talk. I just gave him a smile, a hug and then I let him be. I'm a private person, and I respect other people's privacy." — To Times of India, 2009
Deepika Padukone on catching her boyfriend cheating red-handed
Deepika went through her fair share of frogs before finding a prince in Ranveer Singh, and has the emotional scars to show for it. “For me, sex is not just about physicality; there are emotions involved. I have never cheated or strayed when I’m in a relationship. If I’m going to be fooling around, why would I be in a relationship? It’s better to be single and have fun. But not everyone thinks like that. Maybe that’s why I’ve been hurt in the past. The first time he cheated on me, I thought there was something wrong with the relationship, or me. But when someone makes a habit of it, you know the problem lies with him.”
"Yet, I was foolish enough to give him a second chance because he begged and pleaded, despite the fact that everyone around me said he was still straying. I guess I really wanted to believe in him. Then I actually caught him red-handed. It took me a while to get out. But having done that, nothing can make me go back. That ship has sailed." - To Verve, September 2010
No names were named, but Ranbir Kapoor's confession about his infidelity issues leaves no room for ambiguity: "Yes, I have, out of immaturity, out of inexperience, out of taking advantage of certain temptations, out of callousness. You realise it now, when you grow up and you value it more why be in a relationship, why be committed to someone when you cannot be committed?"
"Infidelity is the deal breaker. Once it comes in, respect goes away, trust goes away and these are the pillars of a relationship; you can't f**k around with it." - To Stardust, October 2011
From: ELLE UK