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Top 10 Celebrity Breakups of 2016

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Script written by Sean Newman Top 10 Celebrity Breakups of 2016 Subscribe: ‪‬‬‬‬ 2016 seems to be a year full of celebrity breakups. These long-term couples really shocked us when they announced their divorce/breakup. Because the majority of Hollywood relationships don’t seem to work out, we really had high hopes for these relationships. Some of the most shocking ones include, Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderama, Iggy Azalea and Nick Young, Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga, Kat Dennings and Josh Groban, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris and Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger. Special thanks to our user yourbestfriend for submitting the idea on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at MsMojo's Social Media: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Snapchat:

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Top 10 Celebrity Breakups of 2016

We’ve all experienced a tough breakup or two, and mainstream success hardly shields you from this ordeal. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 celebrity breakups of 2016.

For this list, we’ll be looking at high-profile celebrity relationships that ended in the past year. An emphasis will be placed upon breakups that were exceedingly publicized, shocking, and unexpected.

#10: Demi Lovato & Wilmer Valderama

Summer lovin’ was clearly not an option among many celebrities, as exemplified by Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama’s split announcement in June of 2016. This wasn’t just a fling that had run its course, as the two had been together for almost six years prior. Wilmer, who is perhaps most known for his role as Fez on That 70s Show, had shared a well-regarded relationship with pop star Demi Lovato that clearly just wasn’t meant to be. Demi’s Instagram post made it clear that there was no bad guy in this breakup, simply a realization that they are better off being friends.

#9: Scottie & Larsa Pippen

While Demi and Wilmer had few loose ends to tie up after separating, Scottie and Larsa underwent a divorce after 19 years of marriage and four children. Scottie Pippen gained fame for his performance on the basketball court during Michael Jordan’s renaissance with the Chicago Bulls, and Larsa’s appearance on The Real Housewives of Miami along with Kardashian tabloids extended her fame beyond their relationship. Larsa has since set her sights on the Future… aka the rapper Future, who has been seen multiple times with her since the breakup. Nothing has been made certain at this point, beyond the fact that the two former lovers are done… for now.

#8: Iggy Azalea & Nick Young

Moving on to a breakup that went out in a blaze, rather than a fizzle, this one was set in to motion several months prior to its announcement. Nine months after rapper Iggy Azalea and basketball player Nick Young declared their engagement to the world, Nick’s teammate, D’Angelo Russell leaked a conversation in their hotel room suggesting infidelity on Young’s part. This reached a breaking point several months later, as Iggy announced their breakup via Twitter. It was soon reported that Young’s baby mama was once again pregnant, which, if true, would validate Iggy’s decision even further.

#7: Taylor Kinney & Lady Gaga

In 2011, actor/model Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga began their relationship, which was followed by an engagement four years later. Despite being objectively adorable, it was clearly never meant to be. Their breakup didn’t appear to be the result of infidelity or hostility; just two pieces of a puzzle that didn’t fit together. Ultimately, Gaga is married to her remarkable career – currently at least. Their relationship started on rocky ground, and her career appeared to flat line as it progressed. Seemingly in good spirits since the split, with Gaga even suggesting this is temporary, it's anyone’s guess whether there were underlying nefarious causes, or simply a lack of compatibility.

#6: Kat Dennings & Josh Groban

In a story practically made for tabloids, Two Broke Girls star Kat Dennings was introduced to singer Josh Groban in 2014, and their affectionate relationship radiated throughout pop culture in the years following. Instead o being larger than life, they came off as down to earth, and even a little dorky together. As quirky as their relationship was, they mutually decided to split during the Red Wedding of celebrity breakups, the Summer of 2016. As a silver lining, this may provide inspiration for another Groban ballad for newly single fans to gush over…

#5: Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris

This easy-to-look-at duo spent a little over one year together, alleviating Swift from breakup anthems that seem to follow throughout both her life and her music. Despite expectations by many, their relationship ended in an adult, and rather unremarkable fashion. Adam Wiles, aka Calvin Harris, was reportedly the one who ended it, as he just didn’t take the relationship as seriously as she did. With no cheating, public fighting, or obvious bad blood, it’s anybody’s guess whether Swift plans to shake it off completely or use their split as inspiration for next year’s big breakup song, especially considering the ensuing drama surrounding her hookup with Tom Hiddleston shortly after her split with Harris.

#4: Joshua Jackson & Diane Kruger

Beating the seven-year itch is no easy feat, particularly under the limelight and immense scrutiny of Hollywood. Dawson’s Creek’s Joshua Jackson and National Treasure’s Diane Kruger started dating in 2006, and managed to undergo a healthy and prolonged relationship for ten years. It appears that neither wanted to pursue marriage, but were quite happy together nonetheless. After announcing a breakup in July, speculation began shortly thereafter that the two hadn’t completely split. Whether this is wishful thinking or not is yet to be decided, but as Diane put it, it’s time for hashtag: #anewbeginning.

#3: Amber Heard & Johnny Depp

The celebrity couple met on the set of 2011’s The Rum Diary, and little else was needed to capture headlines during the ensuing relationship. On the surface, their relationship appeared happy, with a marriage in 2015 corroborating this claim. But upon digging, there were clear underlying issues, such as Depp’s mysterious hand injury in 2015. A year later, it was revealed that Depp had punched a wall while arguing with Heard, and soon after that she “feared for her life” during another altercation. These were just a few signs that were indicative of the following divorce announcement and restraining order request. Amber reportedly donated divorce proceeds to charity and wished Depp the best in the future.

#2: Liev Schreiber & Naomi Watts

Another breakup that came about after years of seemingly healthy time together, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber ended an 11-year relationship without sharing any concrete reasons for the split. Each had gained respectful fame for critical successes such as Spotlight and Mullholland Drive, and skirted questions about marriage for over a decade. The couple stressed the importance of privacy surrounding the breakup, particularly out of respect for their two children. This was one of the most talked about breakups of the year despite little remarks by either party about the decision.

#1: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

With 6 children, an almost 12-year relationship, and two films shared together, this is by the numbers the biggest breakup of 2016. Beyond this, Brangelina had pop culture buzzing like no other upon the start of their relationship, and the now-infamous love triangle has finally come to an end. Considered Hollywood royalty, this couple could make headlines by going out for ice cream. The big question on everyone’s mind is what catastrophic event could have brought about these events? The answer… parenting styles. While more controversial speculations have been made, it appears that this age-old conflict even ailed the Hollywood elite in one of the most talked about events of the year.

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