Breakups are hard in the best of times. But in the forensically observed world of celebrity relationships, a breakup has the potential for so much more. Despite the best efforts of their publicists and PR gurus, here are the stories behind celebrity relationships that went south faster than snowbirds in November.
A recurring feature of celebrity breakups is the inevitable declarations of how amicable and unremarkable they were, as if an amicable breakup could be anything but remarkable. When the country singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert separated in July 2015, their public announcement was accompanied by the same declarations of amiability. But there was also a suspicious trip to a neighboring Oklahoma county where the court records of the divorce were mysteriously sealed (despite a local law prohibiting it).
If the split was truly amicable, why seal the records, or go to another county to file? This inconsistency doubles down on the rumors of Lambert’s infidelity, featuring not one, but four men: an MLB player, Shelton’s best friend, and two employees of the singer, one of whom was rumored to already be married. Inevitably, cheating allegations also landed at Shelton’s feet, too. By November 2015, Shelton went public about a burgeoning romance with his costar from The Voice, Gwen Stefani (who, of course, also broke up with her hubby Gavin Rossdale around the same time Shelton and Lambert split). Although given that Lambert and Shelton are country singers, it’s entirely possible that this whole escapade was cooked up to provide inspiration and publicity for their next albums.