It can be fun to see a Hollywood love story unfold, but when a celebrity relationship ends, it can get messy because of all the publicity.
Unfortunately, the year 2023 saw several celebrities break up with their partners, and some of them were Canadian stars.
From reality stars to actors and musicians, here are nine Canadian celebrities who experienced a breakup in 2023.
Caitlin Bristow and Jason Tartick
Ex Maiden womanstar Caitlin Bristowe surprised fans when she announced her split from fiancé Jason Tartick in August.
Both Bristow and Tartick are alumni of the The Bachelor franchise, even though they didn’t meet on the show.
They met in 2018 when Bristow was recording her podcast in Seattle, according to a report by Today.
The couple began dating in 2019 when Tartic publicly asked Bristow out on an episode of her podcast Off the Vine with Caitlin Bristowaccording to People.
The two got engaged in 2021 and sounded very much in love as they discussed the wedding and children.
It came as a shock to many when the couple announced the end of their four-year relationship with a joint Instagram post on August 6.
“It is heartbreaking and sad to say goodbye, but our care and admiration for each other will never die,” the post read.
Both attended the previous one bachelor hosted Chris Harrison’s wedding in November, so it looks like they’re still on good terms!
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
Many fans were excited when Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello gave their relationship a second chance in 2023.
The couple first started dating in 2019 and announced they were separating after two years in November 2021.
The duo then sparked romance rumors again after they were spotted kissing at Coachella in April 2023.
Their second chance was short-lived, and in June a source told Entertainment Tonight that Mendes and Cabello were done once again.
“They’ve tried things, but at the end of the day, the timing isn’t right for either of them. They are both busy and doing their own things,” the source told ET.
Maybe third times a charm?
Avril Lavigne and Maud Sun
Avril Lavigne and American singer Maude Sun began dating in early 2021 after meeting during a studio writing session, according to a report by People.
The two got engaged in Paris in March 2022 during a romantic boat trip on the Seine River.
According to People, the couple split less than a year later in February 2023 after dating on and off for several months.
Avril Lavigne and Tyga
Lavigne’s breakup with Mod Sun wasn’t the only one for the “Complicated” singer in 2023.
Shortly after her engagement with Mod Sun ended, Lavigne was spotted dining with rapper Tyga.
Fans of the couple were excited when Tyga included several photos of him and Lavigne together in an Instagram post on March 7, and the “Sk8er Boi” singer commented with several black heart emojis.
The couple was together for just under four months before calling it off, according to People.
Although they were briefly spotted back together after breaking up at a Fourth of July party, the entertainment outlet reported in October that the couple had broken up for good.
Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner-Smith
Canadian actor Joshua Jackson is currently in the midst of a separation after his wife, Jodie Turner-Smith, filed for divorce on October 2, according to Elle.
It looks like the divorce was one sided as the outlet reports that Dawson’s Creek the actor was “caught off guard” by the move and didn’t realize Turner-Smith was so “unfortunate”.
The couple has been married since August 19, 2019 and welcomed daughter June Rose Diana Jackson in April 2020.
Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
One of the biggest Canadian celebrity breakups happened on August 2 when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau announced they were separating after 18 years of marriage.
“Hello everyone, Sophie and I would like to share the fact that after many meaningful and difficult conversations, we have decided to separate,” the couple wrote in a joint Instagram post.
Speculation of trouble between the pair had been circulating for some time before, especially after Sophie wrote about their “severe storms” in 2022.
The couple have been married since May 28, 2005 and have three children together: Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien.
Antony Porowski and Kevin Harrington
Strange eyes Antony Porovski and his partner Kevin Harrington called off their one-year engagement in November.
The couple were together for three years before getting engaged.
According to People, Porovsky and Harington split after realizing they were on “different paths” when discussing the future, and their split was amicable.
Eric McCormack and Janet Holden
After 26 years of marriage,Eric McCormack’s wife Janet Holden has filed for divorce from Will and Grace actor on November 22.
It’s unclear what happened between the couple, and Page Six reports that Holden cited “irreconcilable differences” in her divorce filing.
The couple married in 1997 after meeting on the set of the TV mini-series Lone pigeon in 1994
They are the parents of a 21-year-old son named Finnigan.
Victor Webster and Chantel VanSanten
Canadian actor Victor Webster filed for divorce from his wife of nearly two years, Chantel VanSanten, in early January, according to a report from People.
The couple dated for four years after meeting on the set of the Hallmark movie Love colors in 2017
Webster suggested to A lone tree on the hill actress in February 2020 and had three weddings in 2021.
Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling
Canadian actor Dean McDermott and his wife Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Tori Spelling announced their separation in June 2023 after 18 years of marriage.
According to People, the couple first met in 2005 while filming a movie together in Ottawa. They were both married to other people at the time.
The couple married in Fiji in 2006 and had four children together before McDermott admitted cheating on his wife.
The couple worked on their relationship and welcomed a fifth child, a son, in 2017.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, McDermott revealed that his substance abuse problems affected his marriage to the actress. He said at the exit that he and his wife lived as “roommates” for years before the split.
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