By: Kelly Schremph and Hannah Lawrence
A lot can happen in a year, especially in the entertainment business. New movies come out, more albums are released, and an endless array of celebrity gossip never fails to peak the public's interest. We admit, there's nothing we enjoy more than reading about the latest Hollywood hookups and breakups. It's fun, it's exciting, and it's ALWAYS changing, especially this year, which seemed to hold some of the biggest celebrity breakups of all time. So being the celeb junkies we are, we decided to honor these epic romances by highlighting the major turning points in their relationships over the year and showing what led to the gradual decline of some of our favorite Hollywood pairs.
Kim Kardashian had an extraordinarily big year in terms of her businesses, but there’s no question she invested the most amount of time and effort into her love life. Unfortunately, the results were not what exactly what she wanted. It all started in December of 2010, when she began quietly dating Kris Humphries, a player for the New Jersey Nets. She didn’t even admit to being in a relationship until an episode of the Rachael Ray show, which aired on February 28th, 2011.
Just three months later, Kim and Kris were engaged, and the couple was proudly featured on the cover of People Magazine on May 25th, 2011 (it was reported they earned $2.5 million for those engagement photos). On August 20th, they got married in an extraordinarily lavish ceremony on an estate in Montecito, California, which was rumored to cost $10 million (however, it is unknown if the Kardashians actually paid that sum – various experts believe it seems more likely the flowers, dress, food, and venue were all donated), and Kim and Kris reportedly earned $17 million by allowing the event to be filmed and aired in two E! television specials (Part 1 and Part 2).
Over the next two months, the couple appeared divided and less interested in each other: Kris was spotted without his wedding ring while moving boxes out of the hotel in New York he shared with Kim, and Kim was seen coming out of the office of a well-known NYC divorce attorney. Then on October 31st, Kim filed for divorce and issued a statement, which said "After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage. I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever but sometimes things don't work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best."
In early December, Kris filed papers for not only legal separation from his wife, but also to have the marriage annulled (which means it would be completely removed from his record). The divorce probably won’t go through until next year but considering how public their courtship was, we can only assume the process of them dissolving their marriage won’t be very secretive.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver met in 1977, and were married by April of 1986. By 2011, they were considered to be one of Hollywood’s most powerful couples. But their strong exteriors shattered when on May 9th, Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced they were separating after an incredible 25 years of marriage. Eight days later on May 17th, Schwarzenegger released a statement indicating he had fathered a child with the family’s housekeeper, Mildred Patricia Baena, ten years ago.
Shortly thereafter (on May 19th), the public learned how Shriver became aware of her husband’s infidelity, and RadarOnline reported it was when Shriver confronted Baena and blatantly asked if Schwarzenegger was her son’s father. Baena apparently broke down and then confessed to Shriver she had relations with the former Governor of California, which led to Shriver asking her husband if Baena’s story was true. And after he confirmed it was, Shriver hired famed divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, and filed for divorce on July 1st, 2011. Shriver also requested that Schwarzenegger pay for her legal fees in addition to his own.
Relationships in Hollywood are always tough, but add a 15 year age difference and constant tabloid attention into the mix, and it's never going to end well. Yes, 2011 was not so kind to Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's six year marriage. In fact, it led to its inevitable demise. As the year progressed, the couple -- who were once the epitome and gushy love tweets -- were routinely photographed looking unhappy and arguing. Even their Twitter obsessions started dying down and they were spending more and more time apart. At first, it appeared to be just a phase, something which would eventually blow over in time...or so we thought.
Their marital turmoil really reached its stride at the close of summer, after news leaked of Ashton's alleged affair with 22-year-old Sara Leal. From that point on, divorce rumors spread like wildfire throughout the web, leaving a path of cryptic tweets, moving vans, and philosophical videos in its wake. Some decided to chalk the whole thing up as another media concocted story, but then on November 17th, Demi announced her plans to end her marriage to Ashton, saying, "As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life." And just like that, one of Hollywood's biggest love stories came to a close.
Hands down, one of the biggest summer breakups was between Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who announced they were parting ways after seven years of marriage. The couple released a statement in mid-July, saying, “We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”
Unlike Demi and Ashton's trouble-filled marriage, this split seemed to come out of absolutely nowhere. Seriously, this one caught all of us way off guard. I mean, their relationship went through its share of ups and downs, but the pair seemed relatively stable in their marriage, which made many fans wonder -- what the hell happened? Earlier in the year, the two had worked closely together on the set of American Idol and even performed a duet together as a couple. Additionally, they were busy raising their 3-year-old twins, Max and Emme and working on several projects together, including a reality talent competition, "¡Q'Viva! The Chosen."
From an outsider's point of view, everything was perfect, which made the news that much more shocking. Both parties have remained somewhat vague as to what exactly went wrong in their marriage, but in an interview with Nightline, Anthony denied infidelity as the causing factor and assured everyone that "it was a decision that we made jointly." I guess sometimes a marriage just doesn't work out. Since the split, Lopez has been romantically linked to the likes of Bradley Cooper and 24-year-old backup dancer, Casper Smart.
George Clooney and Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis began dating in September of 2009. For two years they enjoyed each other's company and relished their oh-so-glamorous lifestyle. And being that he's George Clooney: America's No. 1 Bachelor, the actor made it clear that marriage and children weren't in the cards -- and for a while Elisabetta agreed...until she suddenly didn't. In June, Elisabetta told the Italian magazine, Chi, that she definitely planned on getting married some day, saying, “I am a firm believer in marriage, in the future I will be married, but for the time being I am happy as I am.” That very same month, the news broke that Clooney and Canalis had decided to end their relationship. Coincidence? I think not.
To be honest, she really should've known better. Even the mere mention of marriage sends good ole George running for the hills, so I'm not sure what she was thinking in telling a magazine that she hopes to hear wedding bells at some point in the future. And so another relationship tragically came to a close. Since then, Elisabetta has been romantically linked to former True Blood star, Mehcad Brooks, while George found a new (non-marital) companion in former professional wrestler Stacy Keibler, whom he started dating in August.