The recipe for a juicy celebrity separation? Start by combining two stars with overly healthy egos into one relationship. Next, stir occasionally with large doses of groupie love and fawning yes-men and women. Finally, bake the whole mess under the blinding light of paparazzi flashbulbs until — voila —the entire thing explodes. Of course, some breakups are worse than others. Much worse.
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
The world’s most famous cougar isn’t about to take her claws out of boy toy Ashton Kutcher without a fight. The two, who separated after several allegations about Kutcher cheating hit the tabloids, have been entangled in a very messy and drawn-out divorce. Now, according to the New York Daily News, Moore is seeking spousal support, even though she is reportedly worth about $10 million dollars more than Kutcher. And, according to GetDirectTV.org, he can pay for it, being one of the highest-paid TV actors — earning $24 million for the 2011-2012 seasons of “Two and a Half Men.”
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Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger
According to Schwarzenegger’s new book, “Total Recall,” the beginning of the end of the govern-ator’s 25-year marriage came on a therapist’s couch. Asked whether or not he was the father of their housekeeper’s child, Schwarzeneggar finally admitted that the boy was, indeed, his. Not surprisingly, Shriver filed for divorce from Schwarzenegger after having her infidelity suspicions confirmed.
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Katy Perry and Russell Brand
They seemed like an odd couple from the start, the pretty pop singer and the unorthodox, scruffy English actor. The two, however, decided that they were perfect together and wed in a traditional Indian style wedding. Fourteen months later, however, Brand informed Perry that the marriage was over — by text message. Perry claims she has not heard from Brand since receiving the electronic dismissal.
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Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan
Somewhere in the mess that has become Lindsay Lohan’s life, she fell in love with celebrity D.J. Samantha Ronson. Although Lohan now chalks up the same-sex relationship to an experimental phase in her life, the actress was reportedly devastated when Ronson broke up with her via a text message, according to Today.com. The breakup with Lohan was so bad that the D.J. found it necessary to change the locks on her home. Because Ronson’s and Lohan’s relationship had been so tumultuous, LiLo’s father has laid part of the blame for his daughter’s continuing troubles to this day on that past relationship with Ronson.
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Kevin Federline and Britney Spears
Having someone break up with you via a text message is bad enough, but it’s even worse when the moment is captured by a film crew. According to Fox 5, that’s exactly what happened to Kevin Federline when his then-wife Britney Spears dumped him as he was being filmed for a reality TV show. Yes, yet another celebrity breakup by text. You would think that all these stars would have something better to do with those cellphones they all own, wouldn’t you?
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Porsha and Kordell Stewart
According to US Magazine, Porsha Stewart, who appears on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” learned that her husband, former NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart, had filed divorce after reading the news on her Twitter account. The reality TV star claims that when she confronted her husband about the Tweets, he neither denied or confirmed that they were true and, instead, left to go to work. Porsha had to discover the truth through her lawyer.
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