Whether it’s due to money wrangling, publicity seeking or sheer vengeance, celebrity divorces are fraught with so much drama that it’s hard to pick the top contenders. Some couples, though, manage to rise to the top. The following celebrity divorce dramas were as entertaining as a night at the movies.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries—A mere 72 days after they tied the knot, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. Humphries responded by requesting an annulment or a legal separation in lieu of divorce, and the two have consequently become embroiled in a nasty divorce.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren—Tiger Woods’ divorce came after the golfer’s cheating came to light. For months, the media turned up what seemed to be an endless parade of women with whom he’d had affairs.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver—Once the Governator hired Jennifer Aniston’s divorce lawyer, it was clear he wasn’t going to rubber stamp a split. Divorce proceedings began almost as soon as Shriver learned of Arnold’s secret child with a former member of their domestic staff.
Sandra Bullock and Jesse James—The tabloids went crazy when news of Jesse James’ cheating—with buxom, tattooed Michelle “Bombshell” McGee—hit the press. Bullock filed for divorce pretty quickly.
Donald and Ivana Trump—The Trumps split up in the wake of Ivana learning of Donald’s affair with Georgia beauty queen Marla Maples. Ivana got $20 million, and Donald got married to Maples.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton—Liz and Dick made headlines when they busted up two marriages to get married, then divorced, get married again, then divorced a second time.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston—Brad and Jen appeared to be a pretty, perfect couple. All was not what it seemed. Brad met Angelina Jolie on a movie set, and “Bennifer” became “Brangelina.”
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards—Nothing’s normal where Charlie Sheen is concerned, so it’s to be expected that the mudslinging surrounding their divorce involved some supposedly desired post-marriage sperm.
Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin—He thought she thought he was trying to kill her. Alec griped to the press that “there’s a 120-pound actress on my back.” That was more than a decade ago, but the two still battle over custody issues. Kim went public with a phone tape of Alec calling their daughter “a little pig.” He apologized and claimed again that the daughter was a victim of “parental alienation”—Kim’s efforts to keep them apart.
Britney Spears and Jason Allen Alexander—In the celeb world, marriages are often short, but Spears and Alexander may have had one of the shortest: 55 hours. The pair’s Vegas nuptials were annulled.
Other divorce stories are sure to take the lead in time, but until then these infamous divorces reign supreme — and help Los Angeles and Orange County divorce attorneys make some serious money.