They may live in million dollar mansions, drive fancy cars, and be worth ridiculous amounts of money, but one thing celebrities can’t seem to buy these days is love. All year long the public has been hearing about one messy break up drama after another. Mel and Oksana, Tiger and Elin, and Sandra and Jesse have topped the list of celebs whose messy domestic disputes have landed them not only in the news, but on the cover of every trashy tabloid magazine to be found. So, if you’ve been on an extended vacation, or just living in a bubble for the last few months, here’s a recap of the Top 5 Recent Celebrity Break Ups:
1. Sandra Bullock and Jesse James
America’s Sweetheart, Sandra Bullock, was utterly devastated by the numerous infidelities of her then husband Jesse James. www.Mahalo.com reported that as of March 26, 2010, James allegedly had four different mistresses “who each claim to have had sexual relations with James during his marriage”. Despite the heartbreak, Sandra handled it like a champ: she put on her walking shoes, filed for divorce, adopted an adorable baby boy, and was intent on moving on to a better life. On June 28, 2010, after almost 5 years together, the couple’s divorce was finalized; Sandra gladly put this painful chapter behind her, and no doubt is on to bigger and better things.
2. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegran
Who would have thought that this golf icon/endorsement king would have an insatiable sexual appetite? To the world’s amazement, not one, not two, but twelve women came forward claiming to be Tiger Wood’s mistresses as of December 2009. There was much speculation as to whether the couple would try to work through their issues, and whether Elin really could and would forgive Tiger. However, even after Tiger’s “indefinite break from professional golf”, his apology for the TV cameras, and his stint at a sex addiction rehab facility, it appears that it all just wasn’t enough to repair the damage to their relationship. The couple is still intent on moving towards divorce, Elin is rumored to have bought her own house in Sweden, and Tiger is up the creek without a paddle. Really, though, are there any young, beautiful women with a $300 million prenuptial agreement, who wouldn’t take the money and run? Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
3. Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva
He claims extortion, she claims domestic abuse. Either way, this is probably the most scandalous and explosive breakup in recent months. According to www.RadarOnline.com, Oksana “accused the star [Mel] of punching her twice on January 6, causing damage to her mouth. Photos of the damage have been presented as evidence in the various investigations.” In addition, Oksana has submitted to investigators several tapes of Mel ranting and raving like a complete and utter lunatic. His defense? He claims Oksana used those tapes in an attempt to extort money, a claim which is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department (Huffington Post). Mel is apparently remorseless in his rage, being caught on tape referring to the alleged abuse, and saying his wife “f***king deserved it!”.
4. Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller
Amid alcohol and drug abuse rumors, and after a messy Christmas Day domestic assault, the stage is set for Charlie and Brooke to proceed with their divorce. The site www.Blogs.Babble.com reported that the pair have “agreed to what they each get should they divorce – joint legal custody of their two kids, with Brooke to have primary physical custody, and $55,000 a month for Brooke in child support. Brooke would also get… a lump sum of over $750,000 and around $1 million from Sheen when he buys out her share of the house.” What does Charlie get? He gets to return to his show Two and a Half Men (after a mandatory 30 days in rehab and anger management instruction of course) , and continue being one of the highest paid actors on TV.
5. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt
Their “on-again, off-again” love blossomed on MTV’s hit reality show “The Hills”, culminating in a lavish wedding in April 2009. One year later, though, it seems that the plastic surgery diva and the fame hungry bad boy are calling it quits. Although it was initially speculated that their separation was a publicity stunt, www.ABCNews.go.com reports that Heidi changed her filing status from “separation” to “divorce” in July 2010. The site also reported that Jodeane Farrell, Heidi’s lawyer, told People “The couple has agreed they would like their divorce to be finalized in a timely manner in an out of court settlement. Both parties are amicable with each other and over the possibility of finalizing their divorce.” Later, Heidi tweeted that the two just wanted different things in life. Pratt agreed, telling People, “We love each other but I’m a fame wh*re and I’ll never grow out of it. [Heidi] knows that and doesn’t want that.” (Can you blame her, though?!)
If there is a lesson to be learned here, it would be that we are all human; no one, whether it be a celebrity, a sports figure, or a Russian model, can escape the sting of cupid’s arrow or the ache of a broken heart. We all have loved, we all have lost, and we all have moved on. Sometimes it takes longer to move on than others, but trust me, it really is better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all.