We might only be a few days in 2021, but we’re already seeing a few celebrity relationships come to an end — and are sure to see more surprising splits as the year goes on. Zoë Kravitz was the first to catch our eye with a new year’s divorce filing from husband of 18 months Karl Glusman, and we hadn’t even enjoyed a week of 2021 before Kim Kardashian lawyered up to split from husband of seven years Kanye West. With Hollywood couples as iconic (and chaotic) as these, can you really blame us for getting overly invested?
Last year was full of long-term marriages and star couples who shocked us with the news that they had decided to call it quits — and honestly, a few were devastating for us, like Kelly Clarkson’s newly nasty divorce and Christina and Ant Anstead calling it quits after two years. In the end, we want these famous folks to be happy and we wish them the best, even if it means breaking our celeb-obsessed hearts.
If you’re a celebrity romance superfan like us, you’re in luck: We’ll be tracking all the celebrity breakups of 2021 right here and we’re giving you all the deets (that are made public anyway).
A version of this article was originally published January 2021.
Anwar Hadid & Dua Lipa
Anwar Hadid, the brother of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, and girlfriend Dua Lipa have broken up after two years of dating, sources claim. A source told Us Weekly that the couple are “no longer dating” and broke up in early November.
Chrishell Stause; Jason Oppenheim
Co-workers and Selling Sunset co-stars Chrishell Stause and Jason Oppenheim have split just a few months after going public in the summer of 2021. The couple appears to have split on entirely amicable terms over differences in their plans and desires to grow a family.
“While Chrishell and I are no longer together, we remain best friends and we will always love and support one another,” Oppenheim wrote in a statement shared to Instagram. “While we have different wants regarding a family, we continue to have the utmost respect for one another.”
Anthony Ramos & Jasmine Cephas Jones
After six years together, including a three-year engagement, Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas Jones have decided to go their separate ways, according E! News. Ramos and Cephas Jones are both original cast members of the Broadway hit and Tony winning musical Hamilton, and started dating during production.
Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik reportedly ended their relationship following an alleged argument between the former One Direction singer and Gigi’s mom, Yolanda Hadid. “They are not together right now. They are both good parents though,” a Hadid family friend shared with People.
“They co-parent. Yolanda is of course very protective of Gigi. She wants the best for her daughter and grandchild.” Gigi and Zayn welcomed their daughter, Khai, in September 2020.
Elon Musk & Grimes
After three years together, artist Grimes and SpaceX founder Elon Musk have made the decision to amicably go their separate ways. “We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,” Musk shared with Page Six.
The couple welcomed their first child together, X Æ A-Xii Musk, in May 2020.
Kaley Cuoco & Karl Cook
After three years of marriage, Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook have decided to go their separate ways. The couple confirmed to People on September 3 that they made the decision to end their marriage, and released a joint statment expressing how difficult the decision was.
“Despite a deep love and respect for one another, we have realized that our current paths have taken us in opposite directions,” the two shared to People. “We have both shared so much of our journey publicly so while we would prefer to keep this aspect of our personal life private, we wanted to be forthcoming in our truth together. There is no anger or animosity, quite the contrary.”
Cuoco and Cook began dating in 2016. They became engaged in 2017, on Cuoco’s 32nd birthday, and wed in June 2018.
Matthew Perry & Molly Hurwitz
Matthew Perry and Molly Hurwitz have called it off just six months after getting engaged this past November. There relationship has always been kept under wraps, and even Perry’s recent surge in publicity in connection to the Friends reunion had not brought much about their relationship to light.
“Sometimes things just don’t work out and this is one of them,” Perry told People in a statement. “I wish Molly the best.”
Blair Underwood & Desiree DaCosta
After 27 years of marriage, Blair Underwood and wife Desiree DaCosta are going their separate ways. They raised three children together, sons Paris, 24, and Blake, 19, and daughter Brielle, 22. The couple put out a joint statement on Instagram about their “beautiful journey” together and asked for privacy during “this new season of change.”
“Our proudest achievements are our three incredible children. Three souls to which God entrusted us. We continue to be awed & humbled by the blessings of parenting,” the couple wrote. “We have always put their best interests first & will continue to do so. We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we embark upon this new chapter of our lives, separately.”
Katie Holmes & Emilio Vitolo Jr.
Everyone’s favorite New York City PDA couple is officially done. A spokesperson for Katie Holmes confirmed ti Us Weekly that she and restaurateur Emilio Vitolo Jr. are no longer seeing one another after reports earlier this month that the pair was taking some distance.
“The pair have parted ways amicably but remain friends,” Holmes’ representative shared on her behalf.
John Mulaney & Anna Marie Tendler
John Mulaney and wife Anna Marie Tendler are reportedly divorcing after six years. In a comment to Page Six, a spokesperson for artist Tendler said this on her behalf: “I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage. I wish him support and success as he continues his recovery.”
In December 2020, comedian Mulaney entered a rehabilitation program from drug and alcohol addiction. Asked about his split, his representative gave this comment to Page Six: “John will not have any further comment as he continues to focus on his recovery and getting back to work.”
Bill & Melinda Gates
Bill and Melinda Gates announced their split via a soberly-worded statement posted to Twitter in early May of 2021.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” the Gates’ statement read. “We continue to share a belief in that mission, and will continue our work together at the foundation, but no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
Their assets will be divided according to a pre-arranged separation agreement.
Jana Kramer & Mike Caussin
Jana Kramer has filed for divorce from Mike Caussin after six years of marriage in which they welcomed two children: daughter Jolie Rae and son Jace Joseph. After they first separated in 2016 amid reports that Caussin had cheated, the couple reconciled, but Kramer admitted things were rocky again come 2019.
“‘It’s over.’ As I try to make sense of a reality I never wanted to believe could be possible again, those words have now become a reality,” Kramer wrote on Instagram. “I’ve fought y’all. I’ve loved hard. I’ve forgiven. I’ve put the work in. I’ve given everything I have, and now I have nothing else to give.”
Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez confirmed the end of their two-year engagement and four-year relationship in a joint statement to Today on April 15.
“We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects,” they said. “We wish the best for each other and one another’s children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support.”
This split came a few months after rumors first circulated that Rodriguez had been in a flirty DM relationship with Southern Charm reality star Madison LeCroy.
Elliot Page & Emma Portner
Elliot Page has filed for a contested divorce from wife of three years Emma Portner, just a few months after coming out as transgender. Portner supported him at the time, writing “Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself” on Instagram. So far, neither party has publicly commented on the split.
DALE, CLARE CRAWLEY
THE BACHELORETTE – “1604” – Clare’s romantic situation is close to the tipping point as 16 of her remaining men are hopelessly confused about where they stand with the Bachelorette. Chris Harrison pays Clare a visit and cautions her that her journey cannot continue on its current path, only to have her make a stunning revelation. Chris shares the startling news with the guys that the cocktail party and rose ceremony are canceled. A nervous Clare is about to embark on an unprecedented path to find her happy ending. Will she get her wish or will Dale, the man of her dreams, walk away? Will the other men be left with dashed hopes of a happily ever after with Clare? Find out on “The Bachelorette” on a special night, THURSDAY, NOV. 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)
DALE, CLARE CRAWLEY
Ben Affleck and Ana De Armas split
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas split up after nearly a year of dating, with one source saying the Knives Out star took the lead in the breakup. The couple met while filming Deep Water together in early 2020 and struck up a pandemic romance, but it seems they’re at different places in their lives.
Margaret Qualley & Shia LaBeouf
Andie MacDowell’s daughter Margaret Qualley and Shia LaBeouf have split ways after a brief, high-profile romance. A source tells People that the couple have decided to go their separate ways not because of LaBeouf’s ex FKA Twigs coming forward with sexual battery and abuse claims against the actor, but because “they’re just in different places in their lives.”
While it’s unclear how serious Qualley and LaBeouf’s relationship became, they first met shooting music video Love Me Like You Hate Me in the fall and were PDA-heavy through the end of 2020, even as Qualley faced backlash in light of FKA’s claims. Now, however, it seems she’s taking that distance.
Kanye West & Kim Kardashian
Nearly ten years after they first started dating and over six years after their 2014 wedding, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are reportedly calling it quits. The couple have lived separately for some time, with West staying at his Wyoming residence, and Kim has hired divorce lawyer Laura Wasser to move forward.
Zoë Kravitz & Karl Glusman
After 18 months of marriage, Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman have made the decision to go their separate ways. In court records obtained by People, Kravitz reportedly filed for divorce from Glusman on December 23. A rep for Kravitz has also confirmed the news to the outlet.
The two began their relationship in 2016 after being introduced by mutual friends at a bar and wed in June 2019 at the Paris home of the actress’ father Lenny Kravitz.
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