Celebrities almost seem to have a knack for entering into bad marriages. At least it certainly seems that way when the media is splashing all of the lurid and explosive details of their divorces across our screens.
Studies have shown that celebrities actually do have higher rates of divorce than us mere mortals.This is perhaps most apparent among professional athletes. Some of the most infamous separations in human history have been between our sporting idols.
Join us as we count down to through the most famous divorces in sporting history.
NBA superstar Kris Humphries may best be remembered for his marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, which lasted a mere 72 days. Their split back in 2011 caused a media storm, with many commenting that the marriage was nothing more than a crude PR stunt.
Whatever the intention, Kim walked away with a multimillion-dollar settlement, and Humphries faded back into the B-list.
This UK divorce between former Chelsea FC player Ashley Cole (now with the LA Galaxy) and pop star Cheryl Tweedy managed to make headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. Tweedy filed for divorce in 2010 following swirling rumors of adultery on Cole’s behalf.
Speculation over Cole’s sexuality also played a major part, with no shortage of supposed “jilted male lovers” coming out of the woodwork to accuse Cole of misbehavior.
Controversial cyclist Lance Armstrong had his first taste of scandal back in 2003 when he divorced his wife of several years Kirstin Richard to start dating singer Sheryl Crow.
The divorce cost him custody of his three children, as well as $14 million dollars in the protracted legal settlement that followed. If you want to do better than Lance and retain custody of the kids, read more now about the options on the table.
Stepping back in time into the days when divorce was a much rarer occurrence for this one. The marriage between baseball player Joe DiMaggio and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe was one of the most covered in celebrity history.
The two were only married for 274 days, yet they remain one of the most iconic couples in Hollywood history. Following the divorce, Marilyn continued dating him during her marriage to Arther Miller.
Following her tragic death, it was Dimaggio who identified the body and arranged the funeral, suggesting the love never truly died.
There is probably no divorce in history which caused a bigger media frenzy than that between the world’s most famous golfer and his supermodel wife. The main source of attention was the sheer scale of it, with Tiger having reportedly slept with over 100 other women.
The settlement was pretty record-breaking as well, with Nordegren reportedly netting over $100 million for the whole affair. Fair enough.
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