Celebrity couples live their life in the public with photographers often waiting around the corner. The paparazzi compete to capture that million dollar shot to sell to the tabloids. These famous pairs are often photographed together and most of the time, they look glamorous and happy. There are agents and publicists who work hard to maintain an image for them.
Yet, there are those raw moments that unfold before the camera lens and sometimes they are snapped in the midst of an argument. These very personal and intimate fights expose the cracks in their seemingly perfect relationships. Some of them are caught in a screaming match while others are more subtle about their battles.
You can’t argue with body language, though. From flailing arms to cold facial expressions, they are totally caught having a fight in public. It’s actually refreshing to see the human side of our favorite celebrities.
These unfiltered emotions give us a peek into their personal lives. Many of these pictures show a couple holding onto their failing relationship while others show images of couples letting each other go. Please enjoy this list of 15 pics of celeb couples having the most explosive public spats.
John Mayer is known for being playboy so it was shocking to see him date Jessica Simpson. The couple were together for a year in 2006 and kept fans guessing with their on-again, off-again relationship. Their dysfunctional ways were exposed while they were on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
John and Jessica had a public argument that unfolded on their hotel balcony.
By the looks of the pic captured by the paparazzi, Jessica was so over him. Shortly after the pictures surfaced, news broke that the couple had called things off. To add insult to injury, it was confirmed that they had actually broken up in these photographs.
An insider confirmed to gossip to PEOPLE. “They broke up Sunday night, but who knows what the future will hold. This is the twelfth time they’ve broken up. Their relationship is volatile. Last week they felt better than ever. This week, things are rocky. Who knows what the future will bring. ”
A friend of John added their two cents about what went wrong. “Every relationship has its differences, but with Jessica and John those differences were starting to become more and more apparent.”
This tense exchange was captured by the paparazzi after Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner had dropped their three kids, Violet, Saraphina, and Samual at school. The duo sat in their SUV and had a really intense conversation that brought Jennifer to tears.
The couple had announced they were separating their decade-long marriage in June of 2015 amidst rumors that Ben had cheated with their former nanny, Christine Ouzounian. The family had just returned from a trip to Montana in honor of Ben’s birthday when an argument erupted.
Onlookers spoke with the tabloids and according to In Touch, they had a doozy of a fight. "Ben and Jen were talking in the car," one witness said. "There was a lot of gesturing, and it seemed intense. Jen looked really upset, like she was crying. Ben seemed both detached and, at other times, like he was reaching out to her."
Ben made it clear that he was ready to move on after 11 years of marriage. "The divorce is moving forward — their business managers are hashing out their finances right now — and Ben wants to get on with his life," the insider said. "Jen started crying when Ben told her, but he's had enough."
Things got pretty heated for Beyonce and Jay-Z when his sister-in-law, Solange, attacked him in an elevator. This infamous pic was taken by the paparazzi after the three of them stepped off the elevator and into the flashing bulbs of photographers. They had just attended the 2014 Met Gala after party when things got a bit crazy.
Surveillance footage was leaked of the incident and Solange can be seen screaming at Jay-z while lunging and kicking him. Beyonce stepped between her husband and her sister at one point while a security guard attempted to restrain Solange.
Next thing you know, the elevator doors opened and the frazzled group stepped out and tried their best to gain their composure. Jay-Z looks a bit ruffled while Beyonce let out a panicked grin. Solange looks like she was ready for war.
A source told People that Jay-Z had said something inappropriate to Beyonce when Solange took to her sister’s defense. The trio released a statement about the incident.“At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”
Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman’s relationship was quite the scandal as she was married to Simon’s best friend, Andrew Silverman. She somehow managed to snag one of Hollywood’s most notorious eligible bachelors and is mom to their son, Eric. Yet, it hasn’t been all roses and chocolates for the couple.
They were captured having a heated argument by the paparazzi in the back of their SUV
Reports surfaced that they were arguing about "trust issues”and Lauren was done with Simon staying close to his ex-girlfriends - including Mezhgan Hussainy, Sinitta, Jackie St. Clair and Terri Seymour. Which proved to be a bit of challenge for Simon to deal with since he maintains friendships with all of them.
According to AhlanLive, an insider previously said: "Lauren's told him she wants to be in a normal relationship, without the other women hanging around. She also thinks that Mezhgan has been making more of an effort with her appearance lately and Lauren's told him he's got to get her off the scene. It's a big dilemma for Simon as he doesn't like being told what to do and loves Mezhgan's company, but he's serious about wanting to make a go of things with Lauren and the baby."
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk got people talking when they seemed to be fighting at the 2016 Wimbledon men’s finals. The tense moment that was totally caught on camera. The drama unfolded as Andy Murray played against Milos Raonic and cameras panned through the stands at the star-studded crowd.
One cameraman fixated on Irina who seemed to totally give the cold shoulder to Bradley. An insider spilled the details to Us Weekly. “As he whispered in her ear, the supermodel seemingly wiped away tears from her eyes and turned her head in the other direction. Her beau continued to look at her and even briefly cracked a smile before continuing to watch the tennis match.” they said.
Of course, all of social media lit up in response to the footage of the tense couple. Fans took to Twitter to immediately discuss whether or not the famous couple were caught in the midst of a lover’s quarrel.
“I think Bradley Cooper is in a fight,” one user commented. Another wrote, “Bradley Cooper done [messed] up.”
“Hold up. I know that reaction,” a fan joked. “She’s crying cause he said ‘after this lets stop for pizza on the way home’ #tearsofjoy #BradleyCooper.”
Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hudland met on the set of the film On The Road in 2010. The couple were snapped by photographers and by the looks of their body language, they weren’t too happy with each other. They were headed to the movies when an argument broke out but witnesses said that they quickly toned down their voices to keep the conversation private.
“Our insider said the couple turned their yells into angry whispers as they approached the theater, so no eavesdroppers could hear what was being discussed.” Perez Hilton wrote. We can speculate all day long but I guess we’ll never know what they were so upset about. They must have worked things out because the relationship went on to last four more years until the duo decided to call it quits.
According to the folks over at PEOPLE, it came down to different goals. “They have very different personalities and weren’t on the same page when it came to their future. Their relationship has been very rocky for a while, so the breakup is actually a relief for them.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were Hollywood’s “It couple" for most of their relationship. Yet, photos surfaced of the two of them causing quite a scene in front of their children and unsuspecting on-lookers. The family was at Legoland in in Windsor when they shocked fans. Brad could be seen grabbing her arm before Angelina jerked free and yelled in his face.
An eyewitness revealed to The Sun Online: “They were coming off one of the rides. My husband grabbed his phone and took a picture of me with them in the background.” The on-looker continued “I couldn’t hear what they were saying and didn’t know they were arguing. It was only when we checked the pictures later that we realized they’d been having a go at each other.”
The argument must have been pretty intense because the same family bumped into Brad and Angelina later at the park and they were still arguing.
“We saw them again and they looked pretty stern-faced as they were going around the park. They didn’t look happy.”
The pictures in question surfaced a day after news broke that the duo were divorcing but they had been taken almost a year before the announcement.
Emma Roberts found herself in hot water after she was arrested in Montreal. She had gotten into an explosive fight with Evan Peters in a hotel when guests called the cops. When the police arrived, they discovered that Evan had a bloody nose and bite marks.
Days later, photos surfaced of Emma crying hysterically on Evan in New Orleans. A rep for Emma released a statement about the incident "It was an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding. Ms. Roberts was released after questioning and the couple are working together to move past it," reps told Us Weekly.
Evan did not press charges and an insider dished about the young couple’s volatile relationship "Emma is very dramatic," the insider said, adding that she can get "wound up" during arguments. The July 7 episode, says the insider, went "way out of control."
"They're a couple young kids," adds a second source of the "inseparable" and extremely affectionate duo. "Their romance is pretty extreme. They just behave in a way that's very passionate. “
“They will not break up," the first source insisted. "When they are good, they are crazy in love."
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban had an icy moment at the Sydney premiere of her movie Lion. The couple had an awkward red carpet argument and photographers captured Nicole giving Keith a look that no husband wants to see. Witnesses of the spat claimed that the duo hurled bitter insults at each other.
What could they have been arguing about? According to The Daily Mail, Keith was not pleased that Nicole’s career had gotten in the way of spending time with their family in Australia. An insider allegedly revealed that their busy work schedules - Keith's six months of touring and Nicole's back-to-back films - caused the pair to spend most of 2016 apart.
A family insider shared the intimate details of the disagreement.“They were meant to meet up in Sydney for a family Christmas, leaving work aside for a couple of weeks and concentrating on themselves for once."
An alleged friend of Nicole also added that the actress had come to the end of her rope “Nicole is so sick of Keith constantly sulking,. He needs to realize that Nicole's career is important to her, and to start being more supportive. It's very frustrating for her.”
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have had a tumultuous relationship so it was hard to settle on just one public spat. Yet, there was one incident that stood out from the rest and it was captured on video. The couple were spotted at the Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten. They pulled up in a van when a fight erupted between them.
Selena suddenly stormed into the airport and threw her bag on the floor in a huff.
Justin stayed in the van for some time, this only seemed to infuriate Selena even more. He eventually walked up to her as she spoke with a fan. The couple finally walked into the flight together.
An insider close to Justin and Selena dished about the fight to Hollywood Life. They said. “The thing is, when they got back together he told her he was already ring shopping, it’s one of the reasons she agreed to take him back. Selena wants that security, she is ready to take that step with him and he promised her that he was too, but he was just leading her on.”
A high profile marriage came to a bitter end after paparazzi photographs surfaced of a very public fight between Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson. The couple were dining at Scott’s, a restaurant on Mount Street, in London’s Mayfair neighborhood. They were there to celebrate his 70th birthday when things took an aggressive turn.
A photographer that goes by “Jean-Paul” spotted the couple and settled to snap a pic as they left the restaurant but he ended up capturing a photograph that would lead to divorce. According to a report by Vanity Fair, Jean Paul witnessed Saatchi’s left hand wrap around Lawson’s throat.
“I saw her lurch violently backwards. I thought Charles was demonstrating something. It lasted about 30 seconds. Then he did it a second time, and it was so violent, with such force, that her head snapped backwards. . . . I was taking pictures the whole time.” Jean Paul said.
The explosive photos surfaced a week later and a month after the incident at Scott’s, Charles announced in the Mail on Sunday, “I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson and I are getting divorced”. Nigella felt totally blindsided by the news. The couple have since made their divorce official.
Chris Brown and Rihanna were very young when they dated and things ended very badly for the couple. After leaving a pre-Grammy party, they began arguing in a residential district in Brown's rented Lamborghini. According to MTV, Rihanna shared the details of the fight during a 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer.
She claimed that Chris lied about a text message from another girl and that she would not let him off the hook. "He had his back against the wall," she said. Things got out of hand and Rihanna ended up injured at the hands of her boyfriend. Chris was later arrested and charged for the incident.
Looking back, Rihanna revealed that the couple were never good for each other. "The more in love we became, the more dangerous we became for each other, equally as dangerous," she said, describing their relationship as an obsession.
"I'm glad it happened to me," Rihanna said. " 'Cause now I can help young girls. [I would tell them] 'Don't react off of love.' Come out of the situation and look at it third-person and for what it really is. And then make your decision. 'Cause love is so blind. It's so blind."
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have had their fair share of disagreements but the cameras were rolling when they had a spat over lunch in Miami. The pair only had two kids at the time, Mason and Penelope and the parents just weren’t seeing eye-to-eye. Although, the drama was revealed to be filmed for an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardahsians, so it’s up to you to decide if it was staged or not.
Scott could be seen waving his hands in the air and even pointing at Kourtney. Yet, the oldest Kardashian sister just laughed and seemed to shrug off his complaints.
The tension continued until they finished their meal and left the restaurant.
At the time, Kourtney and Scott were going through a rocky patch in their relationship An insider close to Scott told The Daily Mail that he was 'on a downward spiral' and 'more of a mess than I've ever seen him.' The insider also claimed that it was Khloe Kardashian who stepped in to tell her eldest sister that her partner was drinking again.
The famous duo have since broken up and are each dating other people. They still very much co-parent their three children together.
Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid had a big disagreement and were spotted going at each other’s throats outside West London restaurant Granger and Co. They dined on sidewalk and the entire heated exchange was captured by the paparazzi. Courteney is clearly mad and can be seen visibly waving her arms around in frustration.
The engaged couple were in full wedding planning mode and according to The Daily Mail, they couldn’t come to an agreement and pretty much fought through the entire planning process. They also didn't agree on where to live. “Johnny was determined to get away from Tinsel Town and move back to his native United Kingdom, while Courteney did not want to leave Los Angeles, and they couldn't resolve their living plan.” an insider said.
Another friend of the couple addressed the duo’s problems. "Courteney and Johnny argued over trust issues, where to live and Johnny's busy writing, recording and touring schedule,' said a source.
Best friend Jennifer Aniston advised Courteney to work things out. “'Jen told Court that you can overcome a lot if you are in love. For every flaw that Courteney saw in her relationship with Johnny, Jen could think of two positives that cancelled it out,” they explained.
Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum recently announced that they were divorcing and by the looks of this pic snapped by paparazzi, trouble had been brewing for quite some time between the couple. The photograph of a public spat that took place in a parking lot in Los Angeles surfaced shortly after Channing had posted a racy pic of his wife on Instagram.
He shared a black and white photograph of Jenna taking a nap in her birthday suit. Her beautiful face was buried in a pillow and one leg was over her bed sheets. Channing apparently took the photo while Jenna snoozed. He captioned the photo with, “Nap time = the best time.”
An insider over at Celeb Dirty Laundry had all the details. “A visibly annoyed Jenna walked behind Channing. According to The Hollywood Star "tried to explain himself while Jenna kept her head down and ignored him. Instead of listening to what he has to say, Jenna focused on her cell phone instead.”
Jenna later went to several different Golden Globe after-parties without Channing, causing the world of social media to speculate even more that the couple were going through a rough patch, thanks to the nude photo. Sadly, they would later announce the end of their marriage.