Give me a break, celebrities.
It’ll be the loneliest time of your life.
Life is beautiful, if you let yourself see it.
Just don’t feel sorry for him while you’re watching it.
With the news that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have split (sob), it made us reminisce about all of the celeb couples that have shattered our hopes for forever upon calling it quits. Call us naive, but for some reason we find ourselves invested in Tinseltown romances as if our own, particularly when it’s a love story that unfolds on screen like that of The Notebook. Gush!
So, from rumours of infidelity, to infertility and “unconcious uncoupling,” let’s take a look at some of the hottest and most powerful Hollywood couples that have headed to splitsville over the years.
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow
What started as a whirlwind romance that resulted in marriage barely one year of meeting each other, Chris and Gwyn last year called it quits on their ten year union, announcing in March that they were “unconsciously uncoupling.” What even!?
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
“If you’re a bird, than I’m bird.” Meeting on the set of The Notebook, true love seemed to blossom off-set as much as it did on; but despite an intense and somewhat envious relationship, the fire seemed to die somewhere along the lines. Both have since moved on, with Gosling recently welcoming a baby girl with girlfriend, Eva Mendes.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
This was a separation that shocked not only us, but apparently Nicole as well. Meeting in ’89 on the set of Days of Thunder, the couple tied the knot in December, 1990. After divorcing in 2001 amidst reports of infertility, Kidman was still picking up the pieces years later. “He was huge; still is. To me, he was just Tom, but to everybody else, he is huge. But he was lovely to me. And I loved him. I still love him,” she said in 2006.
Seal and Heidi Klum
In the limelight, this couple looked like they had it all: happiness, wealth and a strong marriage – often renewing their wedding vows every year. Upon divorcing nearly two year ago (after seven years of marriage), however, reports of anger management and infidelity surfaced. Cue, relationship goals crushed.
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
A seemingly unlikely union at first, Jen and Brad went on to be Hollywood’s golden couple from 1998 to 2005. Saying “I do” in 2005, they divorced 5 years later after Pitt reportedly cheated with Angelina Jolie. Describing it as a “painful” experience, Aniston finally found love again with Justin Theroux.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
Interestingly, these lovebirds were introduced before shooting the hit movie Cruel Intentions, reportedly meeting on Reese’s twenty-first birthday when Ryan proclaimed himself as her birthday present – swoon! They went on to marry in 1999 and have two kids, before divorcing amidst cheating rumours in 2008.
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Who is Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor?
The desirable Ben AffleckBen Affleck has been named Hollywood’s most eligible man according to a new survey in US magazine In Touch Weekly. Glamorous ex-lovers Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow claim it’s Ben’s high income that’s the main reason for his desirability. George Clooney came in second, ahead of Starsky and Hutch‘s Owen Wilson, Friends star David Schwimmer, Gary Dourdan, Benjamin McKenzie and the puffy one, Sean Coombes. Sexy Jude Law came in at number eight while bad bo Colin Farrell placed nine with the king of the Lord of the Rings, the darkly handsome – and single – Viggo Mortensen completing the top ten. Yummo!
Posh will soon be sporting diamondsDiamonds – a Spice Girl’s best friend?
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, Victoria Beckham will have no shortage of sparkling amigos on her 30th birthday this weekend, thanks to her SMS-loving footballer husband David Beckham. Despite the fact the glamorous couple are embroiled in a juicy infidelity scandal that risks ruining their marriage, David is determined to shower his wife with diamonds for her 30th birthday. Or could this be the act of a guilty man trying to win his way back into his wife’s good books? The Real Madrid player has spent more than a million pounds on a rare ten-carat pink diamond ring for her, splashing out even more cash for a pair of matching earrings. “He wanted the best diamonds in the world, and that’s what he got,” said an insider of the Asprey dazzler. Apparently David has picked out yet another pricey bauble for Posh, a handmade $500,000 eternity ring created by an exclusive Spanish jeweller. Inscribed with “I will love you forever”, the sparkler also features five gorgeous diamonds. “We were really surprised when Beckham came to us, but he has very good taste and was very specific,” said the Madrid jewellery house. “To receive a gift like that makes Victoria a very lucky woman.” Don’t know if Posh would describe herself as lucky at the moment!
Cam & JustinDiaz and Timberlake – big screen co-stars?
Hot celebrity couple Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake are apparently so desperate to star together in the same movie, the actress has asked her Charlie’s Angels pal Drew Barrymore to find a suitable script for their co-starring endeavours. Diaz, 31, was so impressed with her beau’s acting skills on the set of his debut movie Edison, she’s now sought the advice of producer Barrymore. A close friend of the couple says, “Cameron has spoken to Drew as a friend and because she’s such a hot shot producer. Justin has really impressed Cameron with his keenness to get into film, and they both said how great it would be to do something together. Drew thinks it’s a great idea and she’s promised to help.” Let’s hope that the pair’s movie debut doesn’t earn them a Golden Raspberry like fellow-lovers-turned-co-stars. Acting together did wonders for J-Lo and Ben in the atrocious Gigli. And Madonna‘s made some terrible pics with both of her husbands – Shanghai Surprise with ex Sean Penn and the mega flop Swept Away with Guy Ritchie. Eww!
Julia RobertsPretty Woman desperate for baby
Julia Roberts wants a baby so badly with husband Danny Moder, that she is looking at alternative ways to have children after reportedly exhausting all other methods including undergoing IVF treatment. According to London Evening Standard, the actress revealed she cannot conceive a child naturally, and that is why the 36-year-old is looking at alternatives including using a surrogate mother and adoption. A friend said: “She seemingly has everything in the world. She’s the number one female film star, her fans adore her and her husband adores her. She has the pick of films. But she doesn’t have the one thing she wants most – children.The friend added: “Danny said, “‘We’ve always said we are going to have a family one way or the other. Now we are just going to try the other”.’ Seems like money can’t buy everything for this Pretty Woman.
Paris Hilton Sex Tape Download Frenzy
Believe it or not Paris Hilton?s sex romp video is making her ex-boyfriend Rick Solomon a small fortune, thanks to sales through a Czech Republic internet site. Solomon claims that more 50,000 copies of the tape have been sold for US$50 a pop to download the 37-minute sex session, in which he stars with the hotel heiress. He says, “I had tons of shame from this whole thing and now, I’m … at least making some money off it. It’s doing really well.” Solomon admits he’s not worried about comeback from his ex or her family as his get-rich-quick scheme takes off: “I own the rights and they can’t stop me. I haven’t heard a word.” Hope he remembers that when the Hilton lawyers come after him!
Is Ashton Kutcher really a toy boy?
Demi Moore?s toyboy is being questioned about his age. No he hasn?t been underage drinking or showing his fake ID around Hollywood but Ashton Kutcher?s real age has come into question from several media outlets. Journalists at American tabloid the National Inquirer have alleged the studly toyboy is actually four years older than previously believed. The star claims to have turned 26 on February 7, but National Inquirer journalists insist he’s actually 30. The actor’s representatives insist his listed age as 26 is correct. The reason for lying seem to be unknown but at least if he is 30, his age difference with 41-year-old girlfriend Demi Moore would only be 11 years. Bet that makes a whole lotta difference!
Affleck after J.Lo
Ben Affleck has shocked the media yet again! No he hasn?t reunited with Jennifer Lopez but he has done something equally as questionable ? Affleck has blamed the world?s media for his failed engagement to the Latino star. Affleck has accused the press of putting too much pressure on their relationship and causing ?irreparable damage? to their union. Speaking publicly for the first time since the split, Affleck has told Access Hollywood, “The media has kind of evolved to where it’s become so much more competitive in terms of… there’s only so many stories. So naturally, stuff becomes blown out of proportion or exaggerated.” And Affleck assures he won’t be photographed with a new lady on his arm anytime soon, explaining, “It’s a little time of recovery for me.” Boo Hoo Benny! Sorry not a lot of sympathy here!
Paltrow opens up on US TV
Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed, on US television, no less, that it was she who dumped Brad Pitt, who was her fianc?e at the time. Paltrow finally broke her silence, on camera, about her relationship with ex-boyfriends Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck in an interview with Diane Sawyer. Oscar-winning Paltrow, who divides her time between London and New York, told Sawyer: ?I was the architect of my own misery. I just made a big mess out of it.? She went on to say: ?I’m so lucky that I spent time with Brad, somebody who was such a good person! Especially when I was, like, such a mess.? She said of another ex-beau, Ben Affleck, ?Ben makes life tough for himself. He’s got a lot of complication, and you know, he really is a great guy.? Oooh Miaoooww! Bet Jenny from the Block will have a few words to say about that little revelation!
Britney says she?s not that kinda girl
Seems like Britney Spears is torn between her goodgirl/badgirl image once again. In an interview in Esquire magazine, Brits reportedly said “The record label wanted me to do certain kinds of songs, and I was like, ‘Look, if you want me to be some kind of sex thing, that’s not me.? I will never do that. I’m still doing what I love to do.” But it seems that actions speak louder than words – Miss Spears, in recent times has adorned the cover of both Elle UK and Rolling Stone magazine baring her best assets. Apparently on the cover of Esquire she is clad in only a white jumper and heels, styled in a look which harks back to a sexy, vintage Angie Dickinson photo. P.S. The pictures inside the mag are anything but demure. Hmmm.
Brits goes on (and on and on!) in the interview with Chuck Klosterman claiming she doesn’t dress provocatively and swears that she never thinks for a minute about the possibility she’s fantasy fodder for millions of American males. Aww, come on Brits how dumb do you think we are? “I don’t think about things like that” she says. It appears that Brits doesn?t rate her celebrity very highly either – “I’m famous, but I’m not famous like freaking Brad Pitt or Jennifer Aniston. But in my weird little head, I just think we’re all here to inspire each other. We just bounce off each other and show the world what we can do.” Weird little head? You said it, not us.
Clooney and Zeta-Jones sizzle it up
Fans of the Joel and Ethan Coen take note! If you liked Raising Arizona and Fargo then you must be well versed in the devilishly clever Coen brother?s dark yet strangely kooky sense of humour. Keep your eyes peeled for their fab new film Intolerable Cruelty, starring two of Hollywood?s hottest stars. George Clooney is a high powered divorce lawyer (sounds perfect for handsome bachelor boy) and Catherine Zeta-Jones as a money hungry serial divorcee (ooh, could that be a little too close to the truth!). This latest Coen production has been likened to an old fashioned screwball romantic comedy and the chemistry between the Clooney and Zeta-Jones has been described by some critics in the States as ?scorching?. This one sounds like a must-see when it hits our screens later this year.
Surprise Surprise – J.Lo and Affleck postpone wedding
Late last week, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, the most talked about couple in the galaxy, announced to the world?s press that they had postponed their much-hyped wedding. The glamour couple pulled the pin on the big day declaring that all the media attention the event had generated would have spoiled their wedding day. Oh poor things! The media machine that they have fueled for that past 18 months has suddenly turned against them? “Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date,” they said in a joint statement. “When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three different locations, we realised that something was awry.? No really? “We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised. We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends,” the couple added.
The couple has assured fans that they are still as close as ever and that the nuptials have merely been postponed – not cancelled altogether. And so the show goes on? There has been much smirking and raised eyebrows about the cancellation of the wedding, many believing the event to be at best, a smokescreen to throw the press pack off the scent of the real wedding story, or at worst, an elaborate publicity stunt. Reports claim some paparazzi paid neighbours up to $50,000 to perch themselves in trees on adjoining properties, but alas, no one scored the big bucks an exclusive snap of the Ben-Jen ceremony.
Is it on or is it off?
Despite heart felt admissions to their fans that they are still indeed a couple, global news agency Reuters, allege that Ben and Jen have split up! At least temporarily, according to anonymous sources. The sources say Affleck called close associates last week to tell them he had split from the singer and actress. On Sunday, US magazine People broke the story, saying Affleck initiated the break-up. And yesterday UK newspaper The Sun quoted a friend of the couple saying “it’s all over” because “Ben got cold feet”.
According to reports out of the US, the pair were seen on Friday in the Los Angeles area boarding planes to different U.S. cities. On Saturday Affleck was spotted gambling and sunning himself ? alone ? at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, while Lopez was caught by a New York Post photographer at Miami’s South Beach the same day. Jenny from the Block seemed happy frolicking with her gal pals in the surf and even stopping to sign autographs for fans. Couldn?t this be all part of the ruse to throw the drooling media hounds off the scent? Las Vegas would be the ultimate destination for a buck?s weekend. And what better place for a weekend of fun and sun with the girls tan Miami? Sound more like a bride and groom letting their hair down before the big day than a couple headed for Splitsville. Or does it? We?ll keep you posted.
Batman goes Psycho?
Holy casting news, boy wonder! Local film pundits have revealed that an American Psycho has been picked to star as Bruce Wayne in a new Batman movie. Christian Bale (America Psycho, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin ) will don the trademarked cape and mask in The Dark Knight a film that will chronicle the early years of the caped crusader, Warner Brothers Pictures announced in the US last week. Christopher Nolan director of the brilliantly twisted psycho-thriller Memento will direct the prequel, which is set to begin filming in early 2004. ?What I see in Christian is the ultimate embodiment of Bruce Wayne. He has exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for,? Nolan said in a statement. Oh, could it be time for us to see a really evil, dark side to the caped crusader?
Gwynnie B?day or Big Day?
Will Madonna be walking down the aisle in front of Gwyneth Paltrow next weekend or be partying at Gwynnie?s birthday bash? Rumour has it that all the cool kids have been told to keep the weekend of September 27th free for her 31st birthday but we suspect that it all might be a cover for Gwynnie?s wedding to Coldplay?s Chris Martin. Adding fuel to the fire are reports that Valentino has sent out six bridesmaid dresses a few weeks ago for the Paltrow/Martin nuptials! The thing that has confused us the most is the news that the dresses are all lavender! Doesn?t sound right for such an uber-cool couple?s wedding does it? Well, at least they?re not “all yellow?” as the song goes…
Ben-Jen wedding date leaked
US Weekly magazine and New York?s Daily News have both quoted unidentified friends of Ben Affleck and J.Lo, revealing that the wedding ? the third for J.Lo and the first for Affleck ? will take place near Santa Barbara, California this coming weekend! Of course a spokesman for the Latino diva Lopez declined to comment on suspected leak. Affleck’s publicist, Ken Sunshine, is keeping his lips zipped too, refusing to comment about any wedding plans.
Neither publication revealed the exact location of the nuptials, but comments from an unidentified source, apparently familiar with the wedding plans, has suggested that the ceremony would take place on a hillside ?maybe at a winery.? It has been speculated that some 400 guests received invitations by phone last week and details will be hand-delivered four days before the event. One of those on the invite list said Santa Barbara is “convenient for a lot of their friends,” according to the report. Wouldn?t want to be in the shoes of J.Lo?s wedding planner when she finds out who leaked the big news to the press!
Big Blue Crush
What did Cameron Diaz ask for her birthday this year? Prada handbag? Gucci frock? Sports car? Nup. A broken nose! The Charlie’s Angel star was hangin? ten in Hawaii on her 31st birthday last Saturday, while on vacation with friends and family. The surfin? safari came to an abrupt halt when the gorgeous star wiped-out off Waikiki beach and was hit in the face by another surfer?s board. Ouch! “I’m fine,” a bandage-sporting Diaz told reporters “But I’m just totally bummed out because I can’t go surfing anymore.” Guess she better just lay on the beach and make all the other holiday-makers jealous of her great bod!
No more Angelina tattoo for Billy Bob
Billy Bob Thornton has finally broken his silence on the demise of his marriage to Angelina Jolie, the sexy Tomb Raider star. The revelations come just in time to promote his new roots-rock CD The Edge of the World. Good timing or just a need to bear his soul to the press? Thornton has largely kept mum since the couple split more than a year ago but now he is finally talking about his former wife and the end of their relationship. “I don’t think either one of us knows why we split up,” he recently told reporters. “It was like, say you’re going to a nightclub one night with your friends and you’re in line and the next thing you know there are guys with helicopters and there’s machine-gun fire and you don’t know what happened. And that’s kind of like what our breakup was like.” Please explain! We know he is ?out there? but what kinda explanation is that?
Thornton also said “that relationship served a purpose in her life and it served a purpose in my life.” Just like the tattoo on his arm that once bore Angelina?s name. “I had it covered up with an angel and it says ‘Peace’ right here. It’s like, basically, my way of saying, ‘No hard feelings.” The kooky rocker says he and Jolie are still mystified as to why their marriage fell apart. Bet AJ is happy that she served a purpose Billy Bob!
Billy Bob gives marital advice
Billy Bob and Angelina divorced in May this year and since BB has now racked up FIVE marriages and divorces, the rocker is well qualified to give marital advice don?t you reckon? Thornton recently spoke to Time Out New York magazine, and he advised first-time brides and grooms on marriage. He suggested they should “go into it with the idea that you want it to last, but don’t put pressure on yourself to try to achieve perfection every day, because I think that’s when you get into trouble.” Marching down the aisle, couples should think, “Like, yeah, I’m doing this forever, but don’t let it freak you out.” Great advice Billy Bob, let?s just hope no newly weds take his advice too seriously!
Madonna, mind the gap!
Has Madge become the Material Merchandiser? According to London’s Guardian Unlimited, Madonna has finally gone all commercial on us! Following the well-trodden path of fellow fashion-endorsing celebs, the Material Girl is set to spruik for US clothing label Gap. Both Madonna and hip-hop funkster Missy Elliot are the latest recruits for the retail giant?s upcoming next campaign, aired in the US in later this month. Word has it that TV commercials will feature Madonna’s Eighties dance hit Into the Groove while the queen of song bops along in khakis, t-shirts and jeans. No one at Gap would go into the specifics about the deal but needless to say it?s bound to be worth more than a few free pairs of cargo pants to old Madge.
J.Lo is soooo faithful
Jennifer Lopez wants the world to know that she was never unfaithful to her second husband Cris Judd! She?s also made it clear, in a Reader’s Digest interview published last week, that she definitely didn’t sleep with new fianc? Ben Affleck until she had separated from husband number two. In case you were wondering, (which we weren?t) J.Lo wants the world to know that she was, in fact, “a very faithful person.” Lopez and Affleck, one of Hollywood’s most-talked-about couple, met in 2001 on the set of the soon-to-be released comedy Gigli, but according to the 32-year-old singer/actress/entertainer/model she and Judd were already having problems at that point in their marriage. Lopez filed for divorce from Judd in July 2002, after less than a year of marriage, and became engaged to Affleck, 30, four months later. Lopez said that after two failed marriages, she was working hard at her new relationship. “We talk about everything (with) brutal honesty? And when you do that nothing’s left to chance,” she said. Let?s hope so for everyone?s sake!
Brolin leads Lane down aisle
Looks like actress Diane Lane is ready to give up the single life – she has just become engaged to spunky fellow thesp Josh Brolin(Goonies). The Unfaithful babe said yes to Brolin?s proposal on the fourth of July weekend. The couple, who like to keep their private lives private have not revealed any details about proposal nor the forthcoming nuptials. Bummer we love news of a good romantic proposal!
Hopefully it will second time lucky for both of the actors who have each taken a stroll down the aisle once before. Lane was hitched from 1988 to 1994 to Highlander actor Christopher Lambert, with whom she had a daughter, Eleanor. Brolin, who grew up in Hollywood, (his father is legendary actor James Brolin) was married to actress Alice Adair from 1989 to 1992. He was also engaged to Matt Damon?s ex- British actress Minnie Driver – the pair set to tie the knot in 2001. The nuptials were called off, and with no official reason given, the rumour mill spun into overdrive citing a supposed spat between Minnie and Brolin?s step-mother, none other than the Queen of Divas herself, Barbra Streisand, over the wedding plans. Ohhh wouldn?t you have loved to have been a fly on the wall during that catfight?
Honeymoon baby for Russ and Danielle
The recently hitched Mr and Mrs Crowe have finally confirmed, through TV host Ray Martin that they are in the family way. Oscar-winner Russell Crowe, star of epic films including Gladiator, and A Beautiful Mind is set to star in his biggest role to date, that of dad. New wife Danielle is reportedly 14 weeks pregnant and apparently feeling all the effects. Last year, the former Miss Spencer vowed to make Rusty a dad before his 40th birthday, and with a bundle of joy due in January 2004, she is going to make good with her promise. Crowe turns 40 on April 7, next year, which is also the couple?s first anniversary.