We’re past the halfway mark on 2016 and we’ve already seen a slew of high profile celebrity breakups. Broken engagements, broken vows, and breakups of both long-term and short-term relationships. Although we haven’t quite reached 2015 breakup levels yet, we’re still counting the splits to come until the end of 2016. Hopefully 2017 will be a more love-filled committed year.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Possibly the most shocking breakup of 2016, fans were thrown for a loop when news broke that Angelina filed for divorce from Brad in September. While the actress cited “irreconcilable differences” as the grounds for the divorce, Brad released a statement of his own to People that read, “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids.” No one knows what actually went wrong but a source close to the pair revealed to Us Weekly, that “they fought a lot over the years and disagreed about many things. . . . The fighting got worse and they disagreed a lot about parenting.” The insider also stated that they would “fight over their schedules and politics.”
Justin Bieber and Sofia Richie
After a trip to Mexico filled with public displays of affection, Justin and Sofia broke off their six-week-long relationship in mid-September. It’s unclear what went wrong, however a source confirmed to People, “They’re broken up for now.”
Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston
This one came as less of a shock since Taylor’s relationship don’t usually last. Taylor and Tom called it quits in early September. According to sources, Taylor “was the one to put the brakes on the relationship” because “Tom wanted the relationship to be more public than she was comfortable with. Taylor knew the backlash that comes with public displays of affection, but Tom didn’t listen to her concerns when she brought them up.” Now that their relationship is over, Tom is apparently “embarrassed that their relationship fizzled out.”
Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga
Rumors began in July that Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney had ended their relationship after dating for five years. Taylor popped the question on Valentine’s Day last year, so the news came as quite a shock for all of us that were rooting for Gaga.