The Ex-Files of Hollywood

Johnny-Depp-and-Vanessa-ParadisBlame it on the constant spotlight, the scoop-hungry tabloids or easy access to temptation, marriages in tinselville are fragile, to say the least. The likes of Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears are on one extreme, calling off their much publicised and shamelessly expensive weddings within days (or even hours). On the other extreme, there are other couples who make you believe that the sanctity of marriage is still revered in Hollywood, who make you gush and swoon when you see there so-in-love pictures splashed all over the media. And then, BAM! They are splitting.

It is probably unfair for us to sit here and say, “Aww, they should have worked on their problems.” For all we know, maybe they did. But somehow, it is still upsetting to see cracks appearing which go on to split such couples wide open. The recent Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis split has made me reach for that box of tissues again.

Some of the saddest Hollywood splits in recent history are:

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston: Okay, so their split is not so recent history. It has been 7 years since that and Pitt has had a few children too in the interim but if there is one celebrity divorce that people cannot stop speculating over, Pitt and Aniston win it hands down! The Greek god and goddess like couple (he actually play the role of Achilles in Troy and we all know she has Greek ancestry) looked so much in love that the divorce led to the formation of a huge army of Angelina Jolie haters. The two, however, seem to have moved on though even now, every failed relationship of Jennifer Aniston is blamed on her inability to forget Brad Pitt. Aww.

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore: The odds were always against them what with Demi Moore being 15 years senior to her husband. But they stuck to their love and conviction and got married secretly in Beverly Hills on September, 2005. All seemed well till stories of Kutcher cheating on his wife started surfacing. It is said that Kutcher had repeatedly cheated on his wife leading to Demi Moore issuing a statement in late 2011 about the couple’s divorce. She didn’t seem to take the break too well and rehab followed. The couple isn’t divorced but still estranged. Fingers crossed!

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman: Another match that seemed to be made in heaven but could not withstand the pressures of life. Ever since Top Gun released, Cruise was catapulted to the status of being every girl’s dream man. And when he married the then 23 year old and gorgeous Nicole Kidman, many hearts were broken (of both sexes). But somehow along the way, Scientology got into the way, driving a wedge between the two and leaving Kidman heartbroken. Since their split, Cruise has married Katie Holmes and Kidman has found love in Keith Urban. Personally, I think the beautiful Nicole Kidman is better-off without the cuckoo that Cruise has become.

Other A-list breakups of recent times include Courtney Cox and David Arquette, Heidi Klum and Seal, Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

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