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All is not well in Hollywood, and the celebrity breakups of 2021 show that. So far in 2021, we’ve seen celebrity couples like Shia Labeouf and Margaret Qualley, and Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman call it quits. And as we know from past years, there will be more celebrity breakups to come in 2021.
Before we dive into all the couples who have split in the past year, let’s look back at the celebrity couples we lost in 2020. Everyone and their moms knows that 2020 was a dumpster fire, so, as expected, there were a lot of celebrity splits that shook us to our core. Some examples include Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich (who split two months after their engagement); Kelly Clarkson and manager Brandon Blackstock (who are in a legal battle over alleged unpaid commissions); and Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler (who split in 2020 after almost seven years of marriage.)
Now that we’re in 2021, we’re sad to report that more celebrity couples have come and gone. From married celebrity couples to matches that we made on reality TV, the biggest celebrity breakups of 2021 is one sad list. Ahead, are the most shocking celebrity splits from the past year so far.
John Mulaney & Anna Marie Tendler
News broke on May 10, 2021, that John Mulaney and his wife, Anna Marie Tendler, are divorcing after six years of marriage. According to Page Six, Mulaney asked Tendler for a divorce three months before the news broke. A spokesperson for Mulaney also confirmed the split to Page Six. “John will not have any further comment as he continues to focus on his recovery and getting back to work,” the rep said.
In a statement through her spokesperson, Tendler, an artist, told Page Six that she’s “heartbroken” that Mulaney decided to end their marriage. “I wish him support and success as he continues his recovery,” she said.
Mulaney and Tendler’s divorce comes less than a year after the comedian entered a rehab facility in December 2021 for cocaine and alcohol addiction. He completed the 60-day program in February 2021 and entered an outpatient care center, according to Page Six. “John has completed 60 days in rehab, and now he’s in outpatient sober care. He is doing well, although he is still not ready to return to work,” a source told the newspaper at the time.
Bill Gates & Melinda Gates
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and philanthropist Melina Gates (née French) announced they were ending their marriage of 27 years in a statement on Monday, May 3. The pair—who share daughters Jennifer, 24, and Phoebe, 18, and son Rory, 21—shared the message on social media.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” Bill and Melinda’s statement began. “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.”
When it comes to the pair’s eponymous foundation, which they launched together in 2000, Bill and Melinda confirmed that their split won’t get in the way of their work. “We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives,” their statement continued. “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez
J-Lo and A-Rod had a rumored split in March 2021, two years after their engagement. According to Page Six, the couple—who got engaged in March 2019 after two years of dating—had been on the rocks for a while and the two weren’t even in the same location. “He’s now in Miami getting ready for baseball season, and she’s filming her movie in the Dominican Republic,” a source told the newspaper at the time. The couple, who had postponed their wedding twice, according to Page Six, were last photographed hugging in the Dominican Republic in February 2021. A month after their rumored split, Lopez and Rodriguez confirmed they had ended their engagement in a statement to TODAY on April 15.
“We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so,” the statement read. “We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects. 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.”
Lopez and Rodriguez’s split comes after the Major League Baseball player was accused of cheating on the “On the Floor” singer with Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy. At the season 7 Southern Charm reunion in February, Madison’s co-star, Craig Conover, claimed that she “flew to Miami to fuck” an unnamed married, former Major League Baseball player that fans believe was Rodriguez. Madison later confessed to DMing and FaceTiming with Rodriguez, but denied that their relationship was romantic. Sources close to A-rod also reported at the time that Madison and Rodriguez communicated but never met in person. “He’s never physically cheated on his fiancée with me…[I’ve] talked to him randomly, but not consistent,” Madison told Page Six at the time.
Saweetie & Quavo
Rap power couple Saweetie and Quavo officially called it quits in March 2021. Saweetie confirmed the split herself, shortly after she and the Migos rapper sparked breakup rumors by unfollowing each other on social media. The “Best Friend” rapper announced that she was “single” in a tweet after hinting that her ex was unfaithful to her.
“I’ve endured too much betrayal and hurt behind the scenes for a false narrative to be circulating that degrades my character,” Saweetie tweeted. “Presents don’t band aid scars and the love isn’t real when the intimacy is given to other women.” In a second tweet, she added, “I emotionally checked out a long time ago and have walked away with a deep sense of peace and freedom. Excited for this new chapter of elevation.”
According to a source who spoke to TMZ shortly after Saweetie announced their split, Quavo was upset by the breakup. He “did nothing but love and support Saweetie,” TMZ reports, though insiders reportedly told the site that the rapper was recently angered by Saweetie’s appearance on a recent episode of Justin Combs’ podcast. Combs, who is the son of Sean “Diddy” Combs, previously dated Saweetie before her relationship with Quavo.
Chrishell Stause & Keo Motsepe
E! News reported in February 2021 that Selling Sunset‘s Chrishell Stause and Dancing with the Stars‘ Keo Motsepe split “very recently.” “They may get back together but likely, at this point, they won’t,” the insider said.
The source continued, “They had a fun time together but in the end, decided it would be best if they part ways. They are still friendly and cordial. It wasn’t a messy breakup, just wasn’t the right fit or right timing.” A third source reiterated that it was “a mutual breakup and they are still friendly.”
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
TMZ reported in February 2021 that Kim had filed for divorce from Kanye after seven years of marriage. The site reported that Kim asked for joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s four children: North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm. According to TMZ, Kanye was fine with the agreement, and the two have a co-parenting plan in place. TMZ also reported that Kim and Kanye signed a prenup before their marriage in 2014 and the two have no protests to the document. For more details about their divorce and prenup, click here.
Ashley Benson & G-Eazy
E! News reported in February 2021 that Benson and G-Eazy had split after less than a year of dating. The news came after Benson unfollowed G-Eazy on Instagram. The two dated since April 2020 when they collaborated on a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Their relationship came amid news that Benson had broken up with her ex-girlfriend, Cara Delevingne. Benson and G-Eazy’s split also came a couple weeks after G-Eazy’s ex-girlfriend, Halsey, announced that she’s pregnant with her first child.
Rebel Wilson & Jacob Busch
Wilson confirmed that she and her boyfriend, Jacob Busch, had split in an Instagram post in February 2021 where she referred herself as a “single girl.” “Lots on my mind…aghhhhhh…#single-girl-heading-to-Super-Bowl!” she captioned a photo of her in a yellow dress. A source told People at the time that Wilson was the one to pull the plug after realizing her boyfriend was not “the one.” “Jacob was an amazing guy but just not the one for her long-term,” an insider said.
Elliot Page & Emma Portner
Page filed for divorce from Portner in January 2021 after three years of marriage. The two wed in January 2018. Their split came two months after Page came out as transgender in December 2020.
“Hi friends. I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life,” he wrote on Instagram at the time. “I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.”
Ben Affleck & Ana de Armas
Affleck and de Armas split in January 2021 after less than a year of dating. The two met on the set of the film Deep Water in late 2019 before confirming their relationship in March 2020. A source told People in January 2021 that de Armas and Affleck split due to their different lifestyles. “Ben is no longer dating Ana,” the insider said. “She broke it off. Their relationship was complicated. Ana doesn’t want to be Los Angeles based and Ben obviously has to since his kids live in Los Angeles.”
Love Island‘s Justine Ndiba & Caleb Corprew
In an Instagram post in January 2021, Justine confirmed that she and Caleb had split three months after winning Love Island USA season 2. The two were the first Black couple to win the franchise. “It’s truly a strange feeling to be typing this out but I understand my reality is now having to share some aspects of my life with you all regardless of how private I’d like to remain at times,” she wrote. “This is extremely difficult for me to express, but out of respect for those of you who supported me, and rode for me, I want you to know that Caleb and I are no longer together.”
Caleb, for his part, also wrote a post. “As many of you already know, Justine and I are no longer together,” he wrote. “I wish her the absolute best and much-continued success as God blesses her with new opportunities and adventures.”
Zoë Kravitz & Karl Glusman
Kravitz filed for divorce in the last week of 2019, but her divorce was the first celebrity breakup reported on in 2021. People reported in January 2021 that Kravitz had filed for divorce from husband, Karl Glusman, after 18 months of marriage. She filed for divorce on December 23, 2019, and a rep for Kravitz confirmed the split. After news broke about her divorce, Kravitz shared a meme on her Instagram Story that seemed to be shade toward her ex-husband. The meme was of a drag queen throwing a bag of trash into a dumpster. On the bag was: “People places and things that no longer serve my greatest and highest good.” Kravitz captioned the photo with: “Mood.”
Love Island‘s Cely Vazquez & Johnny Middlebrooks
Less than a year after they placed second on season 2 of Love Island USA, Cely and Johnny announced they had broken up in January 2021. Cely took to her Twitter to confirm that the split was a mutual decision. “Because you’ve all been such a close part of our relationship, I wanted to share with you that Johnny and I are no longer together,” she wrote. “While our relationship has been public from the start, I do ask that you respect this decision and our privacy during this time. There is no reason to speculate, I am so thankful for our time together, but not it’s simply time for each of us to focus on our own personal journey. I hope that you continue to support each of us individually as we move forward, heal and continue to follow our dreams.”
Johnny, for his part, shared Cely’s tweet on his Instagram Story with the caption: “Thank you so much for everything. I’m appreciative of the time we spent together on this unforgettable journey. I will forever cherish the fun we had, the laughs we shared, and the memories we created. Thank you to all of the fans who loved and supported us the whole way through. Much love.”
Shia Labeouf & Margaret Qualley
Us Weekly reported in January 2021 that Labeouf and Qualley had split. The two starred in Qualley’s sister Rainey’s music video for “Love Me Like You Hate Me.” Their breakup came after Labeous’ ex-girlfriend, FKA Twigs, sued him and accused him of “relentless abuse,” including sexual batter, assault and emotional stress. In a statement to The New York Times at the time, Labeouf denied the claims, stating that “many of these allegations are not true.”