The Most Devastating Celebrity Breakups of 2023

This year has been full of ups and downs, especially when it comes to Hollywood’s favorite celebrity couples. 2023 seems to have been defined by one separation and divorce announcement after another. The year started strong with #Scandoval, the cheating scandal to end all cheating scandals, and went out with a bang with comedian Kathy Griffin filing for divorce from husband Randy Bick – just three days into the new year.

Some splits were more shocking than others, such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, who announced their separation in September. Then there was Oscar winner Meryl Streep, who revealed that she and her husband of 45 years, Don Gummer, have been separated for more than six years.

There were also some less devastating breakups, for example Euphoria actor Lucas Gage and Kim Kardashian’s hairstylist Chris Appleton are calling it quits just six months after their Las Vegas wedding. Plus, who can forget the leap of joy Swifties everywhere took after the pop star ended her short-lived romance with The 1975 frontman Matty Healy? Because then we would never be graced with the relationship that is Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce aka Traylor/Tavis/Swells.

However, there have been a few breakups that have broken the hearts of many pop culture fanatics and made us believe that maybe eternal love doesn’t exist after all. As the year draws to a close, here are some of the most heartbreaking sections of 2023.

Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez

Let’s be honest: Fans weren’t completely devastated when Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez split after two years of marriage. The former couple married in 2020, but much of their relationship was kept under wraps due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, what surprised the fans of the “7 Rings” singer are the reports that she is dating her Wicked co-star, Ethan Slater.

Less than a week after it was revealed the “Thank U, Next” singer and her realtor husband are divorcing, people reported that Grande is now dating Broadway alum Ethan Slater. The pair reportedly struck up a romance while filming director John M Chu’s film musical adaptation Wicked in London. According to reports, they didn’t start dating until after Slater split from his wife Lily J. The former couple, who have been married since 2018, are parents to a baby boy.

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Unsurprisingly, the news of their romance caused quite a stir online as fans tried to piece together the timeline of Grande’s relationship with Slater. Some people quickly discovered that Grande had liked many of Slater’s Instagram posts, including a Mother’s Day tribute to his wife and a post about their wedding anniversary. Their newfound romance also prompted people to dissect and dissect Grande’s dating history, making claims about her past relationships and unfairly labeling Grande a “home wrecker.”

With just days to go until 2023, Grande recently set the record straight regarding the many “assumptions” made about her relationship with Slater. Taking to her Instagram story, the Nickelodeon alum wrote in a post: “I’ve never felt more proud, happy or loved while at the same time feeling so deeply misunderstood by people who don’t know me whispering together and doing this , what they want from me and their assumptions about my life. I learned how much more important one of those things is than the other.”

“I wrap you all in a cocoon of love and wish you a very happy and healthy new year,” Grande added. “If you ever feel misunderstood or alone, just remember that it will pass and you are not that. Take a deep breath and know that you are so incredibly loved.”

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello

Not only were Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello one of the hottest couples of the last decade, but their breakup hurt the most. In July it was reported that Modern family star and Magic Mike the actor divorced after seven years of marriage. The news may not come as a shock to some, given that Vergara recently celebrated her 51st birthday with a trip around Italy without her husband.

The Real blood the actor also raised eyebrows with his not-so-hilarious birthday tribute to his wife. At the time, he simply posted a pixelated and blurry photo with the caption “Feliz Cumpleaños Sofía!” instead of his usual loving tribute.

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During their divorce proceedings, Vergara asked the court to enforce the estranged couple’s prenuptial agreement so that she would leave the marriage with her separate property as well as all of her separate earnings. in 2020 Forbes listed Vergara as the highest-paid actress with a net worth of $43 million, much of which she amassed during Modern family days. She also took on a new role in 2020 as a judge America is looking for talent for a sum of $10 million per season.

While it’s unclear exactly why Vergara and Manganiello called it quits, some reports suggest they have “conflicting opinions” about having children. These days, the 46-year-old is dating 33-year-old actor Caitlin O’Connor. Meanwhile, Vergara continues to live her best single life.

Britney Spears and Sam Asgari

For fans of the “Toxic” singer, her split from ex-husband Sam Asgari hit almost home. Britney Spears began dating the 29-year-old fitness instructor in 2016 when Asgari starred in the music video for Spears’ song “Slumber Party.”

It’s no secret that Spears was embroiled in a bitter legal battle to end her custody, which was finally settled in November 2021. Fans loved Asgari throughout the process, especially since he seemed to be Spears’ biggest support system , as she fought to get her father, Jamie Spears, to relinquish control of her multimillion-dollar fortune.

After nearly five years together, Asgari popped the question in September 2021 and they married in a star-studded backyard ceremony in June 2022. But just one year later, rumors swirled around Spears’ alleged infidelity and so-called attempts at Asgari to renegotiate their prenuptial agreement.

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At the time, sources said people that Spears and Asghari’s marriage has been “very toxic between them for a long time,” while another insider claims the “Womanizer” singer has been faithful to Asghari throughout their relationship.

Meanwhile, a publisher claimed Asghari claimed he wanted Spears to “pay him more than what their prenup provided” in exchange for keeping her secrets after their split, but this was quickly denied by Asghari’s rep in a statement to The Independent.

Despite their divorce, Spears had nothing but positive things to say about her ex-husband in her best-selling memoir, The woman in mewhich was released in October.

Ariana Maddix and Tom Sandoval

When it comes to Bravo’s critically acclaimed reality series Vanderpump Rules, there’s always drama going on both on and off screen. Back in March, fans of the Bravo show were stunned when it was revealed that cast member Tom Sandoval had entered into a six-month affair with his Vanderpump Rules co-star, Rachel “Raquel” Lewis.

At the time, the TomTom restaurant and bar co-owner had been in a relationship with fellow cast member Ariana Madix for nearly 10 years, but the pair unexpectedly split following the scandal.

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It all came crashing down when Maddix found a “sexual selfie video from Levis” on Sandoval’s phone. After news of their breakup leaked in TMZboth Sandoval and Levis issued public apologies to Maddix following their infidelity.

Cameras quickly began rolling to capture the aftermath of the cheating scandal, and viewers were lucky enough to watch the #Scandoval unfold during the show’s tenth season. During the season 10 finale, fans witnessed the explosive final conversation between Maddix and Sandoval as she confronted her former partner about his infidelity. Maddix is ​​currently dating fitness trainer Danielle Wye.

The long-awaited 11th season of Vanderpump Rules premieres on January 30, 2024, and fans will finally get to witness the fallout from the biggest cheating scandal of the year.

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s divorce was one of the most difficult breakups of 2023. Fans fell in love with the unlikely pairing when they first started dating in 2016, namely because of Jonas’ “wife” energy and their amusing height difference.

The Jonas Brothers singer and Game of Thrones the actor married in Las Vegas in 2019, when Turner was 23 and Jonas was 29. They welcomed their first daughter, Willa, in July 2020 and their second daughter, whose name they have not announced, in 2022.

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However, things took a turn for the worse when it was claimed that Jonas “had access to a ring cam” where he saw Turner “say and/or do something” that made him realize their marriage wasn’t working. A source said TMZ that Turner has an obvious affinity for “partying,” which is why Jonas made the decision to divorce. However, Turner states in court documents that she learned of their breakup from media reports.

After the many accusations, things seem to have calmed down for the former couple. In October, Jonas and Turner began a four-day mediation to discuss custody and their parenting plan in light of their divorce. The actor is now rumored to be dating British aristocrat Peregrine Pearson.

Hugh Jackman and Deborah-Leigh Furness

Perhaps one of the most shocking breakups of the year was Hugh Jackman’s divorce from his wife of nearly three decades, Deborah-Lee Furness.

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In September, the longtime couple announced their split in a statement with people. “We have been blessed to share almost three decades together as husband and wife in a wonderful, loving marriage. Our journey is now changing and we have decided to part ways to pursue our individual growth,” they said. “Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We take on this next chapter with gratitude, love and kindness. We greatly appreciate your understanding of respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives.”

At the time, the Australian couple had been married for more than 27 years. They have two children: Oscar, 23, and Ava, 18.

When they started dating in 1995, Jackman and Furness initially raised eyebrows about their 13-year age difference. However, they soon became one of the most loved couples in Hollywood.

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