Love can be a whirlwind of emotions, causing some to think with only their hearts as they head starry-eyed to the alter. But as time passes, they realize their love was not the lasting kind. 2017 saw heartbreak as quite few celebrities decided to separate or divorce. Check out some 2017 celebrity divorce couples below.
Celebrity Divorce: Chris Pratt and Anna Faris
After eight years of marriage, Hollywood’s “realest” couple decided to legally separate on July 13, 2017. The couple met in 2007 on the set of Take Me Home Tonight. However, at the end of 2017, Pratt officially filed for dissolution of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences, PEOPLE confirms. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic Park star requested for joint custody of five-year-old son, Jack, according to the filing PEOPLE obtained.
According to TMZ, shortly thereafter, Faris filed her response, also requesting joint custody as well as child support. The two also have a prenuptial agreement and are near finalizing a property settlement.
Celebrity Separation: Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
After seventeen years of marriage and the birth of two children, this couple announced their separation on May 26, 2017. The couple first met on set of the 1999 short film Heat Vision and Jack. They later co-starred in Zoolander, Dodgeball and Tropic Thunder. They announced their split in a joint statement: “With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate. Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends.”
Celebrity Divorce: Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana
This couple were married in 2012. Their first child was born on January 3, 2017, and a week later, the couple separated, which they announced months later. Divorce proceedings began in London on June 15, where singer-songwriter Janet Jackson sought full custody of son Eissa. In an interview with PEOPLE, Jackson’s brother, Randy, stated that CEO billionaire Wissam Al Mana verbally abused the singer later in the relationship and “…[made her feel like] a prisoner in her own home.”
Celebrity Divorce: Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac
The Avengers star Scarlett Johansson and French journalist Romain Dauriac wed in a private ceremony in 2014. Johansson filed for divorce in March 2017, requesting for sole custody of their three-year-old daughter, Rose Dorothy Dauriac. By mid-September 2017, the couple submitted a sealed settlement in Manhattan Supreme Court, finalizing the divorce and settling the custody dispute, according to Page Six.
Celebrity Divorce: Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sara Kapfer
After 22 years, this high-school sweetheart couple, who married in March 1994, called it quits. Although Kapfer filed for legal separation in August 2014, according to E! News, the Jerry McGuire and American Horror Story actor, Cuba Gooding Jr., filed for divorce on January 19, 2017. According to the court documents obtained by E! News, he cited irreconcilable differences, requesting joint legal and physical custody of this celebrity divorce couple’s then 10-year-old daughter Piper. He indicated he was willing to provide spousal support to Kapfer. The former couple also has two adult children.
Celebrity Separation: David Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman
Friends star David Schwimmer met British photographer Zoe Buckman in 2007. They were engaged in March 2010 and secretly married in June of that year. The couple welcomed their only child, daughter Cleo in May 2011. In April 2017, the couple announced their separation in a statement to USA Today: “It is with great love, respect and friendship that we have decided to take some time apart while we determine the future of our relationship. Our priority is, of course, our daughter’s happiness and well being during this challenging time, so we ask for your support and respect for our privacy as we continue to raise her together and navigate this new chapter for our family.”
Celebrity Separation: Fergie and Josh Duhamel
After eight years of marriage (2009), the You Already Know singer and Transformers actor confirmed their separation in a joint statement to USA Today in September 2017: “With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year. To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.” The couple has a four-year-old son, Axl Jack.
Celebrity Divorce: Mel B and Stephen Belafonte
X Factor judge and former Spice Girls singer Mel B. filed for divorce from husband of ten years, Stephen Belafonte. She cited allegations of both domestic violence and infidelity. According to TMZ, this celebrity divorce couple came to an agreement regarding the custody of their six-year-old daughter, Madison, after having settled the domestic violence issue.