It isn’t uncommon for the regular people of the world to be fascinated and completely caught up in celebrity relationships. It’s more than a little exciting to discover that two stars have fallen for each other. It only makes sense that people feel more than a little crushed when a famous duo consciously uncouples.
When kids are involved, splits go from unfortunate to downright sad. If it’s tough to watch a celeb pairing we love call it quits in the love department, the pill that they and their children won’t be a happy family anymore is an even tougher one to swallow.
Every time a celebrity couple announces they are no longer together, their fans mourn the loss of the relationship right along with them. The breakups of Brad and Angelina, Jen and Ben, Anna and Chris and Christina and Tarek have been some of the most devastating splits to date. However, these ends to celeb relationships we all hoped would last forever may pale in comparison to some of the splits that have taken place this past year. The following 20 moms are newly single this year.
20 Jenna Dewan
This past April, Jenna Dewan and her hubby of 9 years Channing Tatum announced they were going their separate ways. Since the split, the two have been pretty tight-lipped, but Dewan recently opened up about the divorce in an interview with Women's Health.
The actress told the mag, “I feel I’ve been on a wave of growth. It’s always challenging to go through a big change and have the whole world have an opinion about it... It’s okay for a relationship to change into a new form that is actually better for both people involved."
Mom to five-year-old daughter Everly continued, “It’s been a journey, and it’s been a transformation of myself—my needs and wants as a woman. I think everyone wants to hold on to what’s in front of them, but when you open your mind, saying, ‘I want what’s best for myself and my daughter,’ you have to be okay with however that looks.”
19 Holly Madison
Former Girls Next Door star Holly Madison and her baby daddy Pasquale Rotella recently announced they were divorcing after nearly 5 years of marriage. According to People magazine, those close to them weren't surprised to hear the news of their decision to split.
A source close to the former model and mother-of-two told the magazine,
“Holly and Pasquale had been having trouble for some time. This wasn’t a sudden decision. They had a lot in common, but they were also very different people.”
The insider continued, “Holly is an amazing mom and will do what’s best for her kids. They still care about each other and will remain in each other’s lives.”
18 Jennifer Farley
Us Weekly recently confirmed the news that former Jersey Shore star Jenni “JWoww” Farley filed for divorce this past September. She and her ex-husband Roger Matthews are parting ways after nearly three years of marriage. E! News has reported that the star is seeking “primary residential custody” of their two adorable children, 3-year-old daughter Meilani and 2-year-old son Greyson.
A source close to the couple told Us Weekly that the split was “a long time coming.” The insider also explained that, “Everyone was hoping they’d work it out, but it didn’t happen,” and that Matthews "never had any desire to be famous or on TV.”
17 Christine Taylor
Say it ain't so! Celebs Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller saddened their fans when they made the announcement earlier this year that their 17-year-long marriage was over. Stiller and Taylor have two children together and were once considered one of Hollywood's rock solid pairs.
Why did they split? OK Magazine has reported that Stiller "may be funny on-screen, but is hard to deal with behind-the-scenes."
The mag also speculated that Stiller's 2014 health issues could have put a strain on the marriage. An insider close to the couple dished to People magazine, “It gets hard — he has a very busy Hollywood career, and she’s been very focused on being a mom.”
16 Farrah Abraham
Teen Mom OG star Farrah Abraham is single again! Just two short weeks after it was reported that the controversial mother-of-one was dating stuntman Aden Stay, the news broke that they had parted ways.
Before it was announced that Abraham and Stay were no longer dating, the reality star gushed to E! News, "Aden is smart, a great father, working in entertainment and films for over 15 years. We're a great team and power couple. I met him in Beverly Hills and literally had a feeling as soon as I saw him... this is my man!"
Stay was singing a slightly different tune, and told E! News post-split, "A mutual friend set us up. We went on two dates but we were never in a relationship. I don't care about fame nor did I know she had any. She's a nice person and I wish her luck in the future. Right now I'm focused on my career."
15 Kourtney Kardashian
Since splitting from her baby daddy Scott Disick, mother-of-three Kourtney Kardashian has been linked to 25-year-old model Younes Bendjima. According to reports, the 39-year-old reality star and her on-again, off-again boyfriend of the last two years have parted ways for good.
According to TMZ, Kardashian ended things with Bendjima this past July. Just weeks after the split, Younes was photographed in Mexico spending time with Hooters waitress Jordan Ozuna.
Since the breakup Kourtney is choosing to focus all of her time and attention on her kids. The star has shared, "My entire life changed when I became a mother... my priorities, my understanding, appreciation of life, and my relationship with God."
14 Lily Allen
British pop star Lily Allen recently revealed that she and her builder and decorator ex-husband Sam Cooper are officially divorced. She divulged on the U.K. talk show Loose Women, “I’m in a bit of a weird set of circumstances for me. I went through a separation and, you know, divorce, actually... now 3 days. Yay!”
Allen and Cooper have two daughters together, 6-year-old Ethel and 5-year-old Marnie. Speaking about co-parenting with her ex, the star shared, “Me and [Cooper] share custody of my kids, so we’re a week on, week off, which actually is really useful for my work because when he’s got them, then I can concentrate fully on my work in the studio. We’re both really friendly. Our kids go to school equidistant between our houses, so it works.”
Things seem to be looking up for Allen since the split. She admitted in a recent Rolling Stone interview, “I’d been really [...] depressed for the past few years…I definitely feel brighter.”
13 Shelly Brown
Shelly Brown has officially split from her country crooner husband Zack Brown. In a joint statement via People magazine, the couple shared, “We feel blessed to be on such an incredible journey in life and sometimes the journey begins to lead in different directions. It is with deep love and respect that we announce we are separating as a couple."
The statement continued, "We have led a whirlwind life together growing into a beautiful family with five amazing children and while life will be rearranging a bit, our love and commitment to our family will always be there. This was a difficult decision, but we’ve done plenty of tough things together and this is our next venture."
The two have 5 children together: Justice, 11, Lucy, 10, Georgia, 8, Joni, 7, and Alexander, 4. Their custody arrangements have not been specified, but some have speculated that the divorce may have something to do with Zac's personal issues.
12 Jen Harley
Jersey Shore stars Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Jen Harley have officially broken up, but it seems they can't stay away from each other.
Harley and Ortiz-Magro share a 6-month-old daughter, Ariana Sky, but this fact is not in any way helping their strained relationship.
A source close to the pair dished to the mag, "Ronnie and Jen have been fighting over their daughter. Ronnie has been filming the show in Vegas the last couple of days and Jen wouldn’t tell him where their daughter is. She showed up to the hotel where they were filming.”
11 Lisa Osbourne
Lisa Osbourne filed for divorce from Jack Osbourne, the father of her three children and husband of nearly six years, just three months after giving birth to their newest addition, Minnie Theodora. She has also filed for joint legal custody and physical custody of Andy Rose, Pearl Clementine and her baby girl.
Jack and Lisa released a statement on social media soon after the news of their split broke. They shared, "The news about us separating has probably come as a bit of a shock to everyone. First and foremost, we absolutely still love each other. Our family is the most important thing in our lives, and we tried everything we could for many years to make this work.”
The statement continued, “What’s best for our family right now is that we separate lovingly, and remain best friends who are committed to raising our children together. We are disappointed but feel confident that we will continue to grow our relationship as co-parents and best friends.”
10 Jana Carter
Jana Carter recently filed for divorce in an LA County Court ending a her nearly 13 year-long union to CNN commentator Van Jones. It has also been reported that the two have been separated since this past May. The pair have two sons together, and news of their split has been a surprise to many.
Carter and Jones shared in a joint statement, “Though we have decided to end our marriage, we still love each other very much. We will continue raising our kids together, running our businesses together and supporting each other’s growth. There is no beef or drama — just evolution.”
9 Danielle Staub
Real Housewives of New Jersey star and mother-of-two Danielle Staub wed her third husband Marty Caffrey this past May, but by July of this year, he had released a statement to Us Weekly calling his wife “arrogant, disrespectful, presumptuous and entitled” and revealed to Radar Online that he planned to divorce her.
A rep for Staub told Page Six, “Danielle has received a letter advising her to retain counsel, which she has. The two attorneys spoke and both sides agreed to keep this matter private. It’s disappointing to her that only 48 hours later that understanding is apparently no longer being honored.”
Staub's rep continued, “Danielle is very disappointed that Marty spent time composing a three-page statement for the media but won’t sit down and talk with her about the situation. She is also disappointed that he seems much more concerned about press coverage than he does about his marriage.”
8 Nia Vardalos
My Big Fat Greek Wedding actress Nia Vardalos and actor Ian Gomez have split after nearly 24 years of marriage. According to documents obtained by The Blast, the 55-year-old actress cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split in the divorce filing. The two have one daughter, Ilaria, together.
The former couple revealed in a joint statement, “We’ve been respectfully separated for a lengthy period of time. Our relationship became a friendship so the decision to end the marriage is completely mutual and amicable. It is our hope that decency will prevail on the reporting of this story which will soon be yesterday’s news. Thank you for respecting our privacy.”
7 Geena Davis
The fourth time hasn't turned out to be the charm for actress Geena Davis, who has already been divorced three times over. Her husband of nearly 17 years, Reza Jarrahy, recently filed for divorce from the star. The two have twin sons, Kaiis and Kian, and a daughter, Alizeh, together.
The reason for the split is unclear, but, according to People magazine, "In the court documents, which were filed under the names Rob Doe vs. Veronica Doe, Jarrahy is asking for spousal support and joint legal and physical custody of their children. He is also asking the judge to deny any request by Davis for spousal support."
6 Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth and David Abrams have split after three years of marriage. Abrams filed for divorce in Los Angeles County citing irreconcilable differences. The two met on a blind date, got engaged in March of 2015 and were married just a few months later at Garth's ranch estate in Los Olivos, California.
At the time of the union, the actress told People magazine, “It was unreal. It was perfect. Things just lined up and I was like, ‘I don’t need it, I don’t want it,’ and there it came. He completes me.”
The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum shares daughters Luca, Lola, and Fiona, with her previous husband, actor Peter Facinelli. In a recent Instagram post, she gushed about her children. The newly single star wrote, “They’re my everything, always there for me thru thick and thin, they teach me new levels of love and understanding everyday...Loyal and full of faith in me...Unwavering and incredibly strong. I am forever grateful for them."
5 Brooke Burke
Brooke Burke and her husband of nearly 7 years, David Charvet, have chosen to go their separate ways. Burke and Charvet have two children together, and Burke has two daughters from a previous relationship. The former Dancing with the Stars host and fitness guru told People magazine that the split felt "necessary."
She also told the mag, “It is a major change and it is very fresh. But I am just trying to walk through the door and understand those necessities. Raising a blended family is super challenging, and for me it was really understanding the right time to make the necessary change in my life."
A source close to the former couple told People, “They tried as hard as they could to make their marriage work, but at the end of the day they have to do what’s right for them and their family.”
4 Kendra Wilkinson
After nearly 9 years of marriage, mother-of-two and former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson and pro NFL player Hank Baskett have split. Wilkinson took to Twitter soon after the divorce was finalized to share her side of the story. She wrote, “Signed my last divorce paper Friday. Brutal. I gave it all I got. Truly did. I’m beyond proud of myself!! Fought to save til the last second. Oh well. Life goes on. Bye lol.”
The two officially filed for divorce just hours after Wilkinson broke the news of the end of their marriage on Instagram. Each of them cited the date of their separation as January 1, 2018. They will share joint custody of their son Hank Jr. and daughter Alijah.
3 Alicia Silverstone
Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone and her husband of nearly 13 years, Christopher Jarecki, have officially filed for divorce. The end of their marriage followed nearly two years of separation and was finalized three months after the news of their split became public knowledge. They will share custody of their 7-year-old son Bear Blu.
The two were married in 2005 after dating for eight years. They have cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Silverstone's rep told People magazine, "They still deeply love and respect each other and remain very close friends but have mutually decided to separate after being together for 20 years. They have a son together who they will continue to co-parent."
Bristol and her husband of nearly two years Dakota Meyer are not longer man and wife. Meyer filed for divorce just weeks after he moved out of the home they shared in Austin, Texas. She and Meyer have two daughters together: 9-month-old Atlee Bay and 2-year-old Sailor Grace. The Teen Mom OG star also a son, 9-year-old Tripp, from a previous relationship.
The details behind the split are unclear, but Meyer has blocked Palin on social media, and recently shared on his Instagram stories that he is "happily divorced." He also divulged, "Both of my girls have got me through so much... I'd do whatever it took to be the best dad ever."
Palin has also been open about the divorce on her Instagram stories, and has shared that she isn't "ready to date." In the divorce papers she filed, she cited "discord or conflict of personalities" as the reason for the split.
1 Julie Bowen
Modern Family star Julie Bowen has officially split from her estranged husband Scott Phillips. The two have three sons together and are parting ways after 13 years of marriage.
The actress recently admitted to Us Weekly that her children are a welcome distraction from the pain of the breakup. She shared, "The beauty of having three children is they don't give you much time for thinking. They're like a crash course in being in the now."
Bowen's Modern Family co-stars are also helping her cope. Her television brother Jesse Tyler Ferguson told Us Weekly, "We are really a family within ourselves so obviously we're going to be there for each other when we have these hard times. It's just part of life and I'm glad we have one another because we're such a tight group."