Divorce is never pretty. More often, the parties involved get into ugly fights and words are exchanged before the proceedings are over. You can only imagine how celebrity divorces turn out. Celebrities are always in the public eye and so everything that they do is scrutinized. When celebrity couples split up, there is a lot of speculation when the record isn’t set straight. Further, things can be blown out of proportion and it is harder for celebrities because every move is under a microscopic lens.

Some of the most high profile celebrity divorces that have taken place in 2017 include:


1. David Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman

David Schwimmer is an American actor, director, and producer mostly known for his role on Friends. He is married to Zoe Buckman, a British artist, photographer, and producer. The pair has been together for ten years. They met in 2007 during the filming of a romantic comedy Run which was in London. They started dating and Buckman soon relocated to Los Angeles to be with the actor.  The pair tied the knot in June 2010. They have a daughter, Cleo, who is five and a half years old.

The two have been very private about their family and private lives so it is hard to know exactly what has been going on between them. One can only assume that they have been happy. Schwimmer had shared the difficulty that he faced when he first became a celebrity. He found himself hiding from the public since everyone was on his case, a sharp contrast from his habit to observe people as an actor. He did, finally, find the balance but after many of his relationships had suffered.

The couple announced their split in a joint statement. They cited that it was amicable and that all they need are prayers and support for their family. They stated that their daughter’s happiness is most important even during this difficult time and requested for privacy as they figure out the evolution of or the next stage in their relationship. Schwimmer was then photographed days later stepping out for a solo outing without his wedding ring.


2. Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sara Kapfer

Cuba Gooding Jr. is an American actor who is known for his roles in Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men and Pearl Harbor among other films. He is married to Sara Kapfer and has now filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sara Kapfer have been together for a very long time. The two were college sweethearts and got married in 1994. They have three children together, with the youngest being 11 years old. The two separated in 204 when Kapfer filed for legal separation. Despite being separated, they tried to work it out and Gooding was even quoted on a show saying that they still go on dates and that they were trying to make things work. Unfortunately, this does not seem to have borne fruit as Gooding filed for divorce in 2017. In his papers, he also files for legal and physical joint custody of their youngest child as the other two are adults. Gooding also states that he is willing to provide spousal support to Kapfer. However, he requests that all the earnings he has made after their separation should not factor in and that those are his to keep.

Gooding and Kapfer have had a pretty private relationship which makes it hard to pinpoint what the problem or the irreconcilable differences may be. Theirs does not seem like it will be a messy divorce since they have been together for a while now, have children together and would like to protect them as well.

3. Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana


Janet Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. She is popular for many things, including being the late Michael Jackson’s sister. She is married to Wissam Al Mana who is the executive director of Al Mana Group, a Qatar-based group that has its hand in different dealings and ventures. The two got married in 2012 and welcomed a baby boy, Eissa Al Mana after five years. However, months after their son’s birth, the singer announced that she was splitting from her husband.

Janet and Wissam’s reasons for divorce are not clear but they are in court for proceedings. It is rumored that one of the reasons why they split was that Jackson did not agree with how Al Mana wanted to raise their son. This might be one of the contentious issues about their divorce. A battle for custody would prolong the proceedings. This is especially a tricky issue since Jackson plans to go back on her 56-country-wide tour that she had to cut short because of her pregnancy. Jackson is leaning on her family for support during this time and some of her brothers are already in London.

Another thing that might come into play is the fact that Jackson could be entitled to a fraction of Al Mana’s depending on their prenuptial agreement and the fact that Jackson bore a son out of their union. While Jackson has a $150 million net worth, Al Mana is said to have a $1 billion net worth.

4. Scarlett Johannson and Romain Dauriac

Scarlett Johannson is an American actress, model, and singer. She has had famous roles in films such as Lost in Translation and the Avengers. She is married to Romain Dauriac who is French and an art curator. The two have a two-year-old daughter Rose.

Johannson and Dauriac have been married for just over two years. They got married in 2014 and managed to keep their private lives separate from Johannson’s public image. For a while, they lived in France and New York as Johannson has home in Paris but also travels a lot for work. The couple reportedly split up before the announcement about the divorce was made as they were even photographed together at an art gallery in March. However, Scarlett filed for divorce and later confirmed it during an interview. The move to file publicly took Dauriac by surprise since they had been having private discussions and had made it clear that court would be the last option as they wanted to resolve everything amicably. One of the contentious issues about the divorce is the custody of their daughter. Johannson would like to have joint custody but live with the child while Dauriac would want to take the child back to France and live in their home since Johannson travels a lot and this is not convenient for their toddler child.

The two have thrown jabs at each other through subtle quips made in public. Due to the custody issue, it seems that theirs might be a bit of a messy divorce after all.


5. Ryan Dorsey and Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera is an American actress and singer best known for her role in the musical comedy-drama television show Glee. She is married to Ryan Dorsey who is also an actor who has had roles in movies such as Blood Father and Pretty face. The two have a son, Josey Hollis who was born in 2015.

Dorsey and Rivera got married in 2014, only three months after she had broken off her engagement to rapper Big Sean. The two had dated back in 2010 and called off the relationship for her to focus on her career. A week after the breakup she realized that she was pregnant and decided to terminate the pregnancy, news that she never shared with Dorsey until much later when he reached out to pass his condolences about her broken engagement. The two started dating again and got married, with people accusing Rivera of exchanging grooms. However, they had been friends for a long time even before that.

The reason for their divorce which Rivera filed for towards the end of 2016 is unknown. The two are now divorced but the Glee star notes that they are good at co-parenting. In the statement announcing their divorce, Rivera asked for privacy as they went through the tough tie in their lives. She stated that Josey was the priority and that they would continue to co-parent him. In her papers, she asked for full custody of her son with visitation rights for Dorsey.

6. Elle Macpherson and Jeff Soffer


Elle Macpherson is an Australian model, actress, businesswoman and television host. She is married to Jeff Soffer who is a billionaire and renown businessman. The two do not have any children together but she has two sons from her previous relationship with hedge funder Arpad Busson.

Their relationship has had its fair share of drama. The two started dating back in 2009 and split up in 2012 following some drama. They then reconciled later after Soffer had a helicopter crash that almost claimed his life. The scare drew them back together and they were engaged in March 2013 with a wedding following swiftly in July of the same year. The two have been together ever since and Macpherson only hinted at marriage drama in 2017 when she posted about getting stronger despite tough times. Days later, they announced their split. Macpherson filed for divorce, claiming that Soffer has been linked to other women. However, Soffer insists that these women are only friends.

Macpherson has already moved out of their shared home and is looking for another house in Miami. From the divorce, she is expected to walk away with $53 million in cash and a $26 million home. This is quite a hefty sum. Although the divorce does not seem to be outwardly or publicly messy, it is said that Macpherson is relieved that they are finally divorcing. The couple is said to have been leading virtually separate lives for a long time and this comes as a relief.  

7. Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor

Ben Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is married to Christine Taylor, an American actress, with whom they have co-starred in a number of movies. The two got married in 2000 and have been married for close to eighteen years and their split comes as a surprise to fans. They met while making the television show Heat Vision and Jack and have two children together: Ella and Quinlin.

The two have had one of the most functional marriages in Hollywood as they have not been plagued by controversy and scandals. They have worked together so much so that they both went on a vegan diet for health reasons. They announced the split in May but have not yet announced the date of their divorce. In fact, it does not seem as though either of them has filed the divorce papers.  There is expected to be an amicable divorce as they came to the conclusion together and have been the best of friends. In addition to that, they reiterated that they respected each other in their statement.

The reason for their divorce is that they have conflicting goals and priorities. While Taylor has been focusing on becoming a present mother to their children, Stiller seems to have a more hectic schedule which leaves him with no time for the family. However, they did say that despite their decision to go their separate ways as a couple, they would still focus on raising their two children together.


8. Anthony Scaramucci and Deidre Ball

Anthony Scaramucci is an American financier and political figure. He is also commonly referred to by his nickname, ‘The Mooch.’ Scaramucci was recently named to serve as the White House Communications Director, a move that prompted Sean Spicer to resign. Alongside the storm his appointment has caused at the White House, it seems that Scaramucci’s move has also left his marriage on the rocks.

Deidre Ball worked as the vice president of   SkyBridge Capital in Investor relations has filed for divorce. She filed for divorce while nine months pregnant. Sources close to the two, as reported by various media outlets, noted that Deidre was calling it quits because of Scaramucci’s naked ambition. His antiques and efforts to get close to President Donald Trump, who Ball despises, is the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Ball used to work at Scaramucci’s company before he sold it in preparation for his White House appointment. She also donated considerable amounts to President Trump’s rival campaigns in 2015.

The two have been together since 2011 when they are said to have started dating. The two then got married in 2014 after Scaramucci divorced Lisa Miranda, his ex-wife. They had their first child in 2014 and have welcomed their second child in July 2017, two weeks before its due date. During delivery, Scaramucci was off with President Trump in West Virginia at a Boy Scouts Jamboree. It is said that he had not yet visited the mother and child even four days after delivery.

9. Melanie Brown and Stephen Belafonte


Melanie Brown commonly referred to as Mel B is an English singer, songwriter, television personality, dancer and model among other things. She is mostly famous for being one of the Spice Girls before they broke up and went their separate ways. Nowadays, she is more of a television personality as she is one of the judges on America’s Got Talent. Her soon-to-be ex-husband Stephen Belafonte is a film producer in Hollywood.

The two got married in 2007 and Mel B filed for divorce in 2017 after a decade-long union. They also have a daughter together. In the divorce papers, Melanie accuses Stephen of physical and mental abuse. She reiterates that she has tried leaving him a number of times but every time he threatened her with physical harm which made her stay for fear of what he would do. To this, Belafonte’s lawyer denies the charges. Melanie also moved to block Belafonte from their bank accounts, taking over control of their million dollar fortune. However, rumor has it that Mel B does not actually have any money and that the couple owes in taxes as they make irresponsible spending choices and then do not have enough to pay their taxes by the end of the year.

Belafonte, however, refutes that Melanie does not have any money since she makes over $300,000 yearly with a nutrition company and about $200,000 from the deal she signed with America’s Got Talent. Theirs is a messy divorce as part of the reason Melanie went to court was to block Belafonte from distributing any sexual content that features the former spice girl.

10. Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman

Len Wiseman is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is famous for his work on the Underworld series. Coincidentally, he met Kate Beckinsale on the set of Underworld and they fell in love. Kate Beckinsale, on the other hand, is an English actress who has taken on numerous roles during her career. She and Michael Sheen were partners from 1995 to 2003 and have an eighteen-year-old daughter together. She then met Len Wiseman and they got married in 2004. The two are now getting a divorce after close to 13 years of marriage although they separated late in 2015.

Their divorce has not been dramatic. Len Wiseman filed for divorce, to which the actress has responded amicably. She reserves the right to spousal support, wants to keep her personal earnings from movies and her jewelry as well.  The two have not had any bad blood between them. In fact, Wiseman has moved on and has been romantically linked to CJ Franco. On the other hand, Kate expresses her contentment with being single right now. She specifies that she is unlikely to go to the internet in search of love and that her oldest friends are from high school; a standard that she does not think any of her other relationships are likely to attain. Their divorce will not be messy if Kate and Sheen’s split is the example to go by.