Sometimes a celebrity breakup comes out of the blue, unexpected and surprising, and you find yourself wondering how something that seemed so perfect can go so wrong. These are not those kinds of breakups. No, some breakups might as well have had neon signs flashing “Breakup Ahead.” Here are five of them.
Chris Martin & Gwyneth Paltrow
Oh yes, I’m afraid it’s true. Paltrow herself has announced this celebrity couple’s “uncoupling,” which, I have to admit, sounds somewhat less-brutish and more Lego-like than “breakup.” The parents of two were rarely photographed together, until, that is, last year when — coincidentally — it turns out they were working on their marriage.
Amy & Matt Roloff
The parental stars of “Little People, Big World,” who seemed to be on the brink of divorce for most of the run of their reality series, announced that they’re living apart. The life of this family, chronicled on the TLC show, captured a lot more than the challenges of parents with dwarfism raising four children. Instead, it offered insight into what seemed to be a rather unhappy, decades-long marriage, so it’s not surprising the Roloffs decided to call it quits.
Katy Perry & John Mayer
I mean, come on. This pairing had “short-term” written into the chorus from the get-go. Mayer is notorious for his Romeo ways, enough to get a slideshow with a slew of broken-hearted flames, and it’s two years out of date. Maybe Perry thought she’d be the one to tie him down, but it didn’t seem likely. It looks like she’s one for the slideshow, with these pics as a moving van pulls up to her home.
Bruce & Kris Jenner
I’ve never been a Kardashian keeper-upper. I’ve never even really watched the show, and I admit that most of what I know about it comes from Joel McHale at “The Soup.” So that’s why this breakup was particularly unsurprising. Even in the short clips I’ve seen, it was as though they were living in separate houses. And by some reports, they practically were.
Robin Thicke & Paula Patton
Anyone who is surprised by this breakup after the Twerk Seen ‘Round the World with Miley Cyrus, then well, they’re easily surprised. More shocking, though, is Thicke’s determination to get his wife of nearly nine years back. Paula, I’ve got to tell you, these lines look anything but blurred.