5 Most Painful Celebrity Divorces


If you take away the huge bank rolls, flashy cars and luxurious lifestyles, celebrities are people just like us. They fall in love, get married and often divorce. With so many material things in their lives to split down the middle, things usually get emotional. Here’s our list of some of the messiest celebrity divorces that were clearly as painful to watch as they were to experience.

1. Madonna and Guy Ritchie

Things were going so well for the couple; they shared a home and finances. In 2008, Madonna had to hand over $76 million to Mr. Ritchie during their divorce settlement. Fortunately they stayed civil for their son Rocco’s sake.

2. James Cameron and Linda Hamilton

Known for his gigantic blockbusters, James was criticized by his wife for spending more time at work and less time with her. The couple had a daughter together but separated after just seventeen months, where Cameron was ordered to pay his now ex-wife $50 million in settlement fees.

3. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

Paul is a legend of rock and Heather was a renowned model. Who would have thought that it would end so badly for the pair? The couple were married for just four years before parting ways as Paul was ordered to pay over $49 million in divorce settlements, the equivalent of over $30,000 a day for the four years!

4. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

We all heard the shocking news when the golfing pro had cheated on his wife of several years, Elin Nordegren. The payoff that followed was over $100 million. Fortunately, Tiger still wins most golfing tournaments including their whopping cash prizes.

5. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

After a romantic get-together, the stunning couple parted ways in a hugely heated separation that saw Tom accused of abuse and neglect. In the end, Tom was ordered to pay $4.8 million for their daughter Suri’s child support until she turns 18, and Katie signed a prenuptial agreement before marriage which left her out of Tom’s $250 million fortune.

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