From 'Scandoval' to Taylor and Joe: The Biggest Breakups of 2023


| LAST UPDATE 08/08/2023

By Malikah Mcintosh

Being in a relationship already is a lot of hard work. Now add in being famous on top of that! From heartbreaking divorces to amicable splits, check out this list of the biggest celebrity breakups in 2023.

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth

Hollywood was completely shocked when power couple Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth announced their divorce. The Oscar winner and talent agent broke the news days before their 12th wedding anniversary.

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The couple have one son together, Tennessee James. Witherspoon and Toth wrote in a joint statement on Instagram, "It is with a great deal of care and consideration that we have made the difficult decision to divorce." Just like Elle Woods said in her Harvard admissions essay video, we object!

Taylor Swift and Matty Healy

Less than a month after the news broke that these two singing superstars were dating, it was announced that they had broken up. Her breakup with the 1975 frontman Matty Healy came after another major split of hers, but more on that later. Things got hot and heavy quite quickly for Swift and Healy.

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While they were together, Healy flew from the Philippines to see Taylor perform in Nashville during her Eras tour. In early June, it was reported that the two had called their romance off. A source told PEOPLE, "She had fun with him, but it was always casual. They are no longer romantically involved."

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Billie Eilish and Jesse Rutherford

We wonder who was the "bad guy" in this breakup! Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and The Neighbourhood frontman Jesse Rutherford called it quits in mid-May. While they only dated for less than a year, we were still sad about their breakup. Eilish told Vanity Fair that she was "really happy and excited" about what was then a blossoming relationship.

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However, many criticized the age gap between them. There was a ten-year age difference, but the couple didn't seem to mind. They even made fun of the criticisms by dressing up as a baby and an old man for their Halloween costume. A rep for the Ocean Eyes singer told PEOPLE that they "split amicably and remain good friends."

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Alex Pettyfer and Toni Garrn

After nearly two years of marriage, model Toni Garrn announced her divorce from actor Alex Pettyfer through her Instagram stories. She wrote, "Alex and I have made the very difficult decision to divorce. We will continue our relationship as friends and co-parents to our angel Luca."

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She continued to write, "Please respect our privacy during this sensitive time. Thank you." Our hearts are breaking for the pair, who started dating back in 2018 and had a beautiful wedding in Hamburg, Germany, Garrn's hometown. Keep scrolling to see what other celebrity breakups have taken over the headlines in 2023.

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Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied

Natalie Portman and her husband, Benjamin Millepied, are hitting a rough patch after 11 years of marriage. Why? Well, there were rumors about Benjamin's affair with a young climate activist. Despite the drama, Natalie was determined to save their marriage for their two kiddos.

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According to Us Weekly, she thought Benjamin's fling was just a "brief and stupid liaison" that meant nothing. But she was pretty bummed out, feeling "humiliated" and unsure if she could rebuild her trust in him. Currently, they're trying to work things out. Let's hope they manage to mend things for their family's sake.

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Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky

Their story was epic. The pair met at a nightclub in 1994 and went on to get married and have three daughters together. The world met the couple when Richards was part of the original cast for Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Over the years, viewers saw how much they loved each other.

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They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2021. However, it was announced they are separating, per PEOPLE. A source told the outlet, "Kyle and Mauricio have been separated for a while now but are still living under the same roof. They remain amicable as they figure out what's next for them and their family."

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Jeremy Allen White and Addison Timlin

Sometimes breakups come out of nowhere, and that's what seemed to happen with Jeremy Allen White and his wife of over three years, Addison Timlin. The Bear actor talked about Timlin during his Golden Globes acceptance speech, saying, "...I love you deep in my bones, thank you for all that you do..."

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However, according to documents acquired by Us, Timlin filed for divorce on May 11. This relationship is a long history that's coming to an end. The pair met when they starred in the 2008 film Afterschool, and Timlin has been by his side as her hubby has skyrocketed into fame. They share two daughters, Ezer and Dolores.

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Elle Fanning and Max Minghella

Elle Fanning and Max Minghella met on the set of Teen Spirit. From there, sparks flew for the duo. Paparazzi snapped photos of them strolling around London together, and they made their official debut as a couple at the 2019 Met Gala. Despite being together for four years, they were pretty private about their relationship.

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It was only during an interview with Harper's Bazaar UK that the actress confirmed the pair split up. Nevertheless, Fanning remained optimistic, saying, "But I'm a hopeless romantic. I believe in love at first sight. Call me crazy, but I believe in those things. I feel that it's my destiny."

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Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann

The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak-Biermann has ended her marriage with her husband, Kroy Biermann. The former reality star and former NFL player were married for 12 years. According to documents obtained by TMZ, their date of separation was listed as April 30.

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The couple even had their own reality show, Don't Be Tardy, that aired for eight seasons and showcased their daily lives, including their wedding day. Rumors of relationship troubles circled in 2016 when Biermann had been cut from the Buffalo Bills football team. All we can do is hope for a hail mary for this couple.

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Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro

Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro, announced their engagement in March 2023 with a killer music video for Beso from their joint EP. Rosalía, flashing a diamond ring large enough to have its own zip code, exclaimed, "Oh my God," before turning to Alejandro and saying, "I love you."

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But just when we thought we had our next power couple, PEOPLE confirmed in July 2023 that after three years, they'd split. Despite the break, the Despechá singer, 30, insists there's no drama between her and her Puerto Rican ex, also 30. On Instagram, she stated, "I love, respect and admire Raúl very much." Awwww.

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Jason Oppenheim and Marie-Lou Nurk

Yet another relationship is looking into the sunset of their time together. Selling Sunset star and real estate agent Jason Oppenheim announced his breakup from model Marie-Lou Nurk. The pair met while vacationing in Greece. Nurk split her time between Paris and LA. 

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However, the stress and toll of a long-distance relationship ended up being too much for the couple. After ten months of dating, they shared on Instagram, "While we still love and care about each other very much, the distance between us has proven to be too great a challenge to overcome."

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Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello

Yet another one of Hollywood's hot couples, Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello, are calling it quits after seven glorious years. "We've made the tough call to divorce," they confessed to Page Six. Despite their heartbreak, the two have publicly expressed they still have love for each other.

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“We have made the difficult decision to divorce. As two people that love and care for one another very much, we politely ask for respect of our privacy at this time as we navigate this new phase of our lives.” A source revealed that the two have been drifting apart and are now taking a breather to rethink their future.

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Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn

We bet that Joe Alwyn was the reason for some teardrops on Taylor's guitar. After six years of dating, music superstar Taylor Swift announced her split from English actor Joe Alwyn. The breakup of the famously private couple happened in the middle of Swift's record-breaking Eras tour.

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The shocking split happened in April. Per PEOPLE, the couple's breakup was caused by "differences in their personalities" and Joe struggling with Taylor's immense fame. Also, Swift has changed her setlist on tour from a song fans presume is about Joe to a breakup ballad. The former couple remain "friendly."

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Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes

Did we take a time machine and land back in 2021? Romance rumors were swirling around Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes when they were seen at Coachella and attending Taylor Swift's concert together. The pair rekindled their relationship, and a source told Us, "They've practically moved in with each other."

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However, the second time wasn't the charm, apparently. The couple ended things for a second time. A source told Us, "A lot of their old problems started coming back after spending so much time together." Our hearts go out to the Señorita singers. Continue reading to see what other celebrity couples have called it quits.

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Sophia Bush and Grant Hughes

Sophia and her hubby, Grant Hughes, are parting ways after just 13 months of wedded bliss. Yeah, you heard it right. They were a pretty solid couple, having been friends for a decade before tying the knot. They even bonded during the pandemic over their shared passion for community service.

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Despite their split, they're still running their nonprofit together and remain pals. It was only seven weeks ago when Sophia was celebrating their first anniversary on Instagram. They got hitched back in June 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma after announcing their engagement a year prior. Sometimes, love's a tricky business, huh?

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Brie Larson and Elijah Allan-Blitz

Even superheroes have very human problems. Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson confirmed her breakup from virtual reality director Elijah Allan-Blitz in March. The pair were first spotted together in 2019, about six months after she called off her engagement to musician Alex Greenwald.

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The duo walked the red carpet and even worked on a VR experience together. However, after almost four years of dating, they reached their end. Larson told Harper's Bazaar, "I don't have a next job. I don't have a home. I don't have a partner. I don't have a plan. I'm just completely open."

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Bella Hadid and Marc Kalman

In an unexpected twist, supermodel Bella Hadid and art director Marc Kalman have ended their relationship after two years. A source confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that the glamorous duo parted ways in the spring, saying, "They were very in love, but the relationship ultimately ran its course."

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Rumors of their romance first ignited in July 2021 when Hadid posted several PDA-filled photos with Kalman, who was a regular fixture by her side at high-profile events in New York City, Paris, and Milan. The break-up news has certainly left fans speculating about the reasons behind this surprising split. Will we ever know?

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Eva Marcille and Michael Sterling

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Eva Marcille and her hubby Michael Sterling have filed for divorce. The news broke in March after four years of marriage. Fans are sad to hear the news as they watched the couple say, "I do," on an episode of the Bravo hit show. 

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Marcille shared with PEOPLE, "This has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but sometimes life takes your journey in a direction you were not expecting. Our children remain our biggest priority and the eight and half years we have spent together will always be cherished."

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Avril Lavigne and Mod Sun

He may not have been a skater boy, but she still said to him later, boy. After being engaged for a little under a year, Avril Lavigne and Mod Sun announced their split. The musicians met back in January 2021 and were engaged in April 2022. However, wedding bells were not going to be ringing for them.

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The end of their relationship was announced in February. A source close to the couple shared with PEOPLE, "Avril and Mod Sun have been on and off for the past two months, but are no longer together as a couple." Before the announcement, photos of Lavigne with rapper Tyga surfaced on TMZ. #Scandalous. 

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Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix

This next celebrity breakup has rocked the nation and earned a nickname, Scandoval. Vanderpump Rules reality stars Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval ended their nine-year relationship in March 2023 after Madix discovered her boyfriend had been cheating on her with her best friend and castmate, Raquel Leviss.

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Scenes from their breakup were shown on the show's tenth season, which was airing as news of the cheating scandal broke. Madix told Sandoval on the show, "I regret every moment that I stood up for you, defended you, supported you." This breakup was one of the most dramatic moments of the year.

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Drew Sidora and Ralph Pittman

Another Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member has called it quits on their relationship. After nine years of marriage and having two children, actress Drew Sidora and wellness company founder Ralph Bittman have filed for divorce. The news was confirmed in March by PEOPLE magazine.

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Pittman wrote in a statement, "Love is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately we have made the difficult decision to move on to our next chapters, independent of each other." The couple tried marital counseling beforehand, but ultimately, things didn't work out for them.

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Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez

Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez's love saga has hit a snag, due to them constantly being apart. Ari's UK filming schedule for Wicked has led to a transatlantic marriage with Gomez, LA's luxury real estate hotshot. A source spilled the beans to PEOPLE, "She was happy in Los Angeles… She wanted to make a life there with Dalton."

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But apparently, his hectic career had other plans. Even post-split, Ariana gushes about her ex, dubbing him her "No. 1 fan." TMZ first aired the news, with another source confirming the ex-couple "have been quietly and lovingly working on their friendship." Love is indeed a rollercoaster!

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Maisie Williams and Reuben Selby

It was "the end of an era" for Game of Thrones alum Maisie Williams and her fashion designer boyfriend, Reuben Selby. The couple dated for five years. They first went public as the epic HBO show was ending its run. The pair attended Williams' castmate Sophie Turner's wedding to Joe Jonas.

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Williams shared the news with fans on her Instagram stories in February. She wrote, "The end of an era. @reubenselby_ and I decided to end our relationship." She even joked that they had to protect their children, aka her dog, so "no further questions, please." Our hearts are breaking for them. Keep scrolling for more.

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Serene Russell and Brandon Jones

Bachelor Nation may have to grab a box of tissues for this next couple. Serene Russell and Brandon Jones announced their breakup in May. They wrote on Instagram, "After many months, today we have ultimately decided to end our engagement." The pair got engaged during the season 8 finale of Bachelor in Paradise.

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They continued in their statement, "We have tried to work privately on our relationship which has been incredibly challenging in the public eye. This has been immensely hard to accept and painful, as there is a lot of love between the two of us. We are deeply hurting and can only ask that there be no hate."

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Noel Gallagher and Sara MacDonald

After 12 years of marriage and 22 years as a couple, former Oasis band member Noel Gallagher and publicist Sara MacDonald are ending their relationship. A spokesperson said in January, "Noel and Sara will together continue to look after their children who remain their priority."

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The pair first met at a nightclub in Ibiza in 2000 when Gallagher asked MacDonald to hold his things as he went to the bathroom. Gallagher told British Vogue that it was "love at first sight." However, 22 years later, the couple is calling it quits. They may not have been each other's "wonderwall" after all.

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Maddie Ziegler and Eddie Benjamin

The music has been turned off for Maddie Ziegler and Eddie Benjamin. After three years of dating, the Dance Moms alum and the Australian singer have called it quits as of February. Per PEOPLE, the split was amicable. The couple was friends before anything else.

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Ziegler previously gushed to Entertainment Tonight, "We have such a good time together and we were best friends for a really long time before we dated. It's like I'm just hanging out with my best friend every day. It's really fun. It's honestly the best. I love it." 

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Shannon Beador and John Janssen

Shannon Beador told PEOPLE that she "was blinded by the breakup" when her boyfriend of three and a half years, John Janssen, ended their relationship out of the blue. The Real Housewives of Orange County star was devastated by the turn of events and thought they "were in a great place."

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Janssen told the outlet, "I've been in pain over it. It's sad because I love Shannon very much…. And I know that for as long as I live, I'll never meet anyone like her again. But that doesn't mean we're right for each other for the rest of our lives." Does someone have tissues?!

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Janet Von Schmeling and Drake Bell

Actress Janet Von Schmeling filed for divorce from her former Nickelodeon child star Drake Bell in April. The news came out a week after Bell was reported missing but safely found afterward. Most of the couple's relationship has remained private. They wed in 2018 and have one child together.

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Over recent years, Bell has made the headlines for reasons most people would not want to be in the news. Additionally, he has had a few run-ins with the law. Von Schmeling has also requested legal and physical custody of their child and spousal support from Bell.

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Ashley Darby and Luke Gulbranson

This breakup is a cross-over event. Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby was set up with Summer House star Luke Gulbranson by host Andy Cohen. There was immediate chemistry between the two! However, only two and a half months later, they announced the end of their short-lived relationship.

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Darby announced the split on Watch What Happens Live at the start of the year. She revealed that her ongoing divorce from Michael Darby led to complications within the relationship and, ultimately, their breakup. She said, "It was my situation with Michael that affected Luke and I."

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Camila Cabello and Austin Kevitch

Things will "never be the same" for Camila Cabello and Austin Kevitch. The singer was first seen with dating app founder Austin Kevitch in June 2022. They met through mutual friends and dated for around eight months before calling it quits in February 2023.

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On February 15, just one day after Valentine's Day, Kevitch's dating app sent a newsletter to its subscribers noting that "Austin is single again." This is not the ideal way to spend Valentine's Day, but hopefully, next year will be better for the Havana singer.

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Shannen Doherty and Kurt Iswarienko

Charmed alum Shannen Doherty filed for divorce on April 21 from her husband of 11 years, Kurt Iswarienko. Per records obtained by PEOPLE magazine, the actress cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for her divorce from her photographer husband.

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Doherty's rep, Leslie Sloane, told PEOPLE, "Divorce is the last thing Shannen wanted. Unfortunately, she felt she was left with no other option." She also mentioned that Iswarienko's agent was "intimately involved" with the specifics, but neither Iswarienko nor his agent answered the magazine's request for comment.

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Joanna Krupa and Douglas Nunes

Businessman Douglas Nunes filed for divorce from his wife Joanna Krupa early this year. Krupa rose to fame from her time on The Real Housewives of Miami during seasons 2 and 3, her modeling career, and her stint on Dancing with the Stars. They wed in a small ceremony in Poland, but after five years, they are parting ways.

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The couple shares a daughter, Asha-Leigh. The couple got together years after Krupa appeared on the hit Bravo show. In May 2020, Krupa said about Nunes on Life After Bravo, "He probably would not have married that Joanna back then." Unfortunately, not every relationship is meant to work out.

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Gigi Paris and Glen Powell

Model Gigi Paris suggested a major shift in her life when she posted a video of her walking alone with the caption, "know your worth & onto the next." It turns out that she and Top Gun actor Glen Powell called it quits after three years of dating, per PEOPLE.

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The couple first started dating in 2019. However, Powell was filming his upcoming movie in Australia, and the couple had difficulty dealing with the long distance. A source told PEOPLE, "Gigi was never happy with the long distance filming and when she came to Australia, they both decided to break up for good."

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Halsey and Alev Aydin

Bad at Love singer Halsey split from her boyfriend Alev Aydin in April. The couple, who had been together for nearly two years, had an "amicable" split, per E! News. The former couple plans to co-parent their son, Ender Ridley, together despite their separation.

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They first met because Aydin was meant to write and direct a movie about the singer's life. However, love got in the way! Halsey previously told Zane Lowe, "I love my partner, our relationship is so full of love and passion and communication." Unfortunately, this couple didn't have a movie ending.

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Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner

Yellowstone actor Kevin Costner and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner are ending their marriage after 18 years. Costner's rep told PEOPLE, "It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have transpired which have resulted in Mr. Costner having to participate in a dissolution of marriage action."

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The news of their divorce broke in May. Their initial union was something out of the movies. Costner briefly met Baumgartner while he was still married to his first wife. Years later, he ran into Baumgartner at a restaurant. They fell in love, married on Costner's Aspen ranch, and had three kids together.

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Rochelle McLean and AJ McLean

Even a love that is "larger than life" faces difficulty. Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean learned that lesson. He and his wife of 11 years, Rochelle, announced they are separating temporarily with the hopes of being able to reunite again in the future.

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A source told PEOPLE, "She initiated the split. There were some trust issues. Close friends don't see them getting back together, though AJ really thinks they will." The two met when Rochelle worked as a waitress in LA, and McLean was at the height of boy band fame. Hopefully, they can "quit playing games" with their hearts. 

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