Headline-grabbing celebrity divorces of 2018
As the UK prepared a divorce deal with the EU in 2018, celebrities were also working out how to live apart after years together. Here’s our round-up of celebrity divorces that hit the headlines in 2018.
Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong
After revelations of his struggles with addiction to pain killers and alcohol, Ant McPartlin announced his split from “Strictly” head make-up artist Lisa in February. The "I'm A Celebrity" co-presenter met his singer wife when the were both aspiring pop stars back in 1990, and married in 2006. The couple were granted a divorce in October when the judge held that
“the respondent has committed adultery and that the petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the respondent."
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
For "Friends" actress, it wasn't second time lucky with husband Justin. After just two and a half years of marriage, the couple split in February, saying they would be "continuing our cherished friendship".
Amber Heard and Elon Musk
Musk was previously married to actress Talulah Riley - twice - resulting in two divorces. It looks like he has avoided a third, as his current relationship with Amber Heard has ended, as the Aquaman actress says, in a "beautiful friendship".
Claire Foy and Stephen Campbell Moore
"The Crown" actress married husband Stephen in 2014, but had separated for a while before announcing the split. In an interview with Net-A-Porter, she explained how she would be co-parenting.
“It was always going to be like that, anyway, because I always wanted to go back to work. But there’s only one mum, and there’s only one dad. I love traveling, but I don’t want to be away from her … When she goes to school next September, that’s it, it’ll mean I’m London-bound.”
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
Married in 2009, the pair announced they were to split up in April. Their joint statement explained that :
"We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now."
Katie Price and Kieran Hayler
After six years of marriage, glamour model Katie Price allegedly threw her third husband Kieran out of their home. He was reported as refusing to sign divorce papers in September, instead looking for a payout. However, Price was facing bankruptcy charges at the time. In December, after reaching an agreement with her creditors, the High Court dismissed a petition to make her bankrupt.
Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump
The US President’s first son, Donald Jnr, filed for divorce from his former model wife, Vanessa. The couple married in 2005.
And new for 2019
Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Bezos
You may not know his name, but you’ll know his website - Amazon. The pair took to Twitter to announce that, that after 25 years of marriage they were separating for good.
“After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends.”
Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world thanks to a $137.2 billion fortune, which if divided equally between the pair, would give Mackenzie a net worth of $69billion, according to Bloomberg.(6) This is because Amazon was founded shortly after the pair were married. According to CNN Business,
“MacKenzie Bezos drove her husband, Jeff, across the country from New York to Seattle while he typed out a business plan for what would become Amazon.”
The couple live in Washington, where assets accrued during the marriage must be split equally in a divorce, presuming there is no pre-nup or post-nup in place. However, despite the vast amounts of money involved, the shares in Amazon that Mackenzie could be entitled would still amount to less than an 8% stake.
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