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The Biggest Celebrity Breakups of 2021

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2020 threw everyone’s personal lives for a loop, and celebrities were no exception. Even as red carpets dried up and all but a few celebrities ventured out of their homes into the sight of paparazzo’s prying lenses, celebrity datings rumors kept the gossip columns and tabloid magazines filled with content. The mayhem has extended into 2021. Already, the year has seen a number of celebrity breakups, splits and divorces. So far, at least two Kardashians (Kim and Khloé) have split from their partners. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, meanwhile, both broke up with the partners they started 2021 with, only to wind up together. Even one of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates, is going through a divorce. Here, the biggest breakups of the year so far.

Paulina Porizkova and Aaron Sorkin
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Porizkova, the ‘80s and ‘90s supermodel, and Sorkin, the superscribe and West Wing creator, only just made their official public debut earlier this year at the Academy Awards. Though Porizkova marked the end of the relationship somewhere else: Instagram. “I’m so grateful for his presence in my life,” she wrote in a caption. “He helped heal me and reclaim myself. There truly may be no better man, no man who’s more genuinely ‘good.’ He’s brilliant and witty and funny and sexy/ But it doesn’t matter how much we may wish we were birds of a feather – we’re still a duck and a goose.”

Scooter Braun and Yael Cohen
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Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber’s manager and Taylor Swift’s nemesis, announced his divorce from his wife of seven years, Yael Cohen, in early July.

Carmelo and La La Anthony
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Carmelo and La La Anthony had experienced some ups and downs in their 11 years of marriage, but La La finally decided to make her parting from the former NBA star final this year by filing for divorce in June.

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson
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Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson already shared a daughter and atleast one previous breakup together, but according to Page Six the pair quietly parted ways a second time sometime in late spring. “They’re getting along. There is no drama,” says their source. “Everything is amicable, and they are on the same page with co-parenting.”

Liam Payne and Maya Henry
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The former One Directioner had been dating the American model and socialite since 2019 but got candid on a podcast about their recent breakup. “I feel like more than anything at this point, I’m more disappointed in myself that I keep on hurting people,” he said on Diary of a CEO.

Blaire Underwood and Desiree DaCosta
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Blaire Underwood had been with his wife Desiree DaCosta an entire decade before he played one of Miranda’s boyfriends on SATC. Though, in May the pair announced that they had separated after 27 years together.

Katie Holmes and Emilio Vitolo Jr.
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New York City’s favorite lockdown couple didn’t make it a full year. Katie Holmes began dating restauranteur Emilio Vitolo Jr. in 202, but the pair split in April.

John Mulaney and Anna Marie Tendler
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Mulaney married Tendler, a makeup artist, stylist, and artisan, in 2014, but the pair announced their split earlier this year after the comedian’s stint in rehab. He’s since been linked to Olivia Munn.

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates
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Talk about a mega-divorce. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one of the richest men of the world, jointly announced with wife Melinda French Gates that the pair were separating after 27 years together. Reportedly, French Gates had been considering divorce since 2019 after she learned of her husband’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein. Though the pair did not have a prenuptial agreement, they both seem eager to avoid a drawn-out court battle.

Zac Efron and Vanessa Valladares
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Another lockdown-era coupling that just didn’t last — Zac Efron, the man with millennial’s favorite abs, and Vanessa Valladares, a 25-year-old Australian, met in her native country last June while she was working at the Byron Bay General Store. The pair got serious, but according to The Daily Telegraph, they’ve now called it quits. Efron had actually spent much of his recent time in Australia working on films.

Jennifer Lopez and Aled Rodriguez
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Rumors of a rift in the power couple’s relationship had been bubbling all year to the point where the gossip columns declared them “dunzo” in March. The couple announced they had reunited in less than a day, but apparently, it was only for the short term. In a joint announcement released to The Today Show, “J-Rod” announced that they were “better as friends.”

Camila Mendes and Grayson Vaughn
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If the Riverdale star’s relationship seemed low-key, it’s because it happened in the midst of a pandemic. Mendes split with photographer Vaughn in March after about a year together.

Addison Rae and Bryce Hall
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This likely means little to anyone over 25, but Addison Rae and Bryce Hall were the golden couple of TikTok. They’ve now broken up, though apparently not for the first time.

Saweetie and Quavo
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The end of the relationship between reigning rap royalty Saweatie and Quavo came swift in March, but with little ambiguity. Saweetie bluntly tweeted that she had mentally “checked out” of the relationship long ago and made allegations of infidelity.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
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What may be the biggest celebrity divorce of the year also seems like its most anti-climatic. Its well-known things have been tense between Kanye and Kim since his ill-fated run for President, and word broke in January that “divorce was on the table,” before reports that Kim had followed through on filing arrived in February. However, neither party has publically commented on the matter yet.

G-Eazy and Ashley Benson
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G-Eazy and Ashley Benson’s relationship was forged in the early days of lockdown and in the aftermath of the latter’s separation from Cara Delevingne. E!, however, now confirms that the pair, both 31, have separated per their sources.

Daisy Edgar-Jones and Tom Varey
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22-year-old Daisy Edgar-Jones had been dating her boyfriend Tom Varey since 2018, but according to the British press they’ve called in quits and she’s focusing on her career in the wake of the success of Normal People. Varey is a fellow actor who is better known for his work in the UK but had previously appeared in a small role on Game of Thrones.

Victor Cruz and Karrueche Tran
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Karrueche Tran, the 32-year-old Claws actress, and Victor Cruz, the 34-year-old former NFL players, had made quite the stylish couple for the past three years. They were regularly spotted on red carpets and in front rows, but word leaked in early February that the pair had split.

Rebel Wilson and Jacob Busch
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Rebel Wilson, the 40-year-old Australian comedian, and Jacob Busch, a 29-year-old heir to the Anheuser-Busch fortune, weren’t shy about making their relationship very public during their year together. Though, the relationship ended abruptly, reportedly after Wilson realized he just wasn’t the one.

Tim Robbins and Gratiela Brancusi
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When TMZ revealed that Tim Robbins had filed divorce papers in January it surprised just about everyone, as the public wasn’t even aware he had gotten married since his 2009 split from Susan Sarandon (that pair, famously, never formally tied the knot). Robbins, 62, had apparently been quietly married to the younger, Romanian-born Gratiela Brancusi for around three years before the divorce report hit.

Elliot Page and Emma Portner
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According to various sources, actor Elliot Page, 33, filed for divorce from his spouse Emma Portner, a 26-year-old dancer, in a New York court on Tuesday, January 26th. The pair originally announced that they had secretly married in January, 2018, but never specified when the nuptials occurred. The couple was first linked in 2017.

“After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce following our separation last summer,” read a joint statement released to The Hollywood Reporter. “We have the utmost respect for each other and remain close friends.”

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas
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Ben Affleck, 48, and Ana de Armas, 32, were perhaps the first new celebrity couple to debut shortly after parts of America first entered lockdown back in March, and tracking paparazzi photos of the couple doing mundane things like walking their dogs and juggling cups of Dunkin iced coffee became something of a national obsession. The pair never even walked a red carpet together, but their relationship quickly became more documented than many other celebrity couples who do. Something about the former Batman and the Cuban-born Bond Girl and on-the-rise actress together seemed so positively random—we were all transfixed. Rumors of a split first emerged in late 2020, but it wasn’t until January 18th until the tabloids got the official confirmation. The word now is that there’s no huge drama, they’re just in different places in their lives. Though, the world still awaits the film Deep Water, an erotic thriller, in which the two co-star. De Armas will also appear on screens soon as Marilyn Monroe in the highly anticipated film Blonde.

Luke Evans and Rafa Olarra
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Luke Evans, the 41-year-old star of Beauty and the Beast and a recurring member of the Fast & Furious ensemble, first went Instagram official with Rafa Olarra, an art director, in February 2020, breaking tradition for an actor who had tended to keep his personal life quiet. Over the past year, the couple seemed to hit up beaches around the globe often with little more than Speedos and smiles, but fans noticed that the posts came to a stop in October with Evans unfollowing Olarra. Evans eventually confirmed the split in January, telling The Times’ Saturday Review, “It is what it is.”

Shia LaBeouf and Margaret Qualley
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Margaret Qualley, 26, and Shia LaBeouf, 34, began dating late last year, but quickly broke up after several of LaBeouf’s exes publicly accused him of abusive behavior.

Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman
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Zoë Kravitz, 32, and actor Karl Glusman, 33, first started dating in 2016, and the couple, each with enviable cheekbones, married at a star-studded wedding at Kravitz’s father Lenny’s Paris home in 2019. Though, it was made public that Kravitz filed for divorce during the holidays on the second day of 2021, and little is known about the separation.