5 Celebrity breakups that took us by surprise in America(2021)

By Deborah Dan-Awoh

Famous people have trudged a path of divorce in recent times that has presented new questions and shocking revelations. I guess it's the season of the heartbreak club this year....

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid

The number of celebrity divorce files hit a painful nerve as seemingly successful people walked the road to dissolving their marriage and relationships.

To say that no one saw it coming would be an understatement, but it happened anyway, and it's still heartbreaking.

Let's take a look at some of the biggest celebrity breakups that left us howling.

After 27years of marriage, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and  Melinda got divorced..

1 Bill and Melinda Gates

After 27years of marriage, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and  Melinda got divorced. In a joint statement on Monday, May 4, on Twitter, they explained 

“We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

The billionaire and his ex-wife Melinda gate got married in Hawaii, 1994. The now-divorced couple successfully built a foundation, Microsoft, and raised beautiful children.

Bill and Melinda are parents to Jennifer Gates 24, Rory Gates, 21; and daughter Phoebe Gates, 18.

As for the fate of their businesses, both parties said their separation would not affect the foundation's success.

The statement explained, "We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives."

According to feverish speculations, Melinda French Gates consulted with divorce lawyers about 2 years ago  before she filed for divorce from Bill Gates, saying their marriage was “irretrievably broken,” 

Melinda French Gates consulted with divorce lawyers about 2 years ago.

Why did they get divorced?

From undisclosed sources and documents revealed by wall street journal, Melinda had a series of calls after it was reported that gate was meeting with Mr. Epstein.

Epstein was a pedophile who later died in August 2019, awaiting trial on federal charges related to sex trafficking. 

But by that time, Bill and Melinda's relationship had deteriorated badly.

Melinda, a global advocate for women and girls, had expressed her concern about Bill's relationship with Epstein.

During an interview in September, Bill Gate denied all fluff about being connected to Epstein.

"I met him. I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him,” he said.

The Gates agreed to share their assets equally amongst themselves.

At almost 7 years of marriage and four children later, the famous couple Kimye(Kim & Kanye) split.

2 Kim and Kanye West

Talk about power couples of the entertainment industry; they were the most talked about. 

At almost 7 years of marriage and four children later, the famous couple Kimye(Kim & Kanye) split.

The 40-year-old reality TV star called it quits with her 43-year-old rapper husband on Friday.

Even though you believe there were played-out signs of the split, everyone thought it was a PR stunt.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West started dating in 2012. They had their first child in 2013 and married in grand style in 2014.

Why did they get divorced?

Things had constantly been steep for the couple.

Kim and Kanye Ye West went through a rough patch before Kim finally filed for divorce in February.

 You had seen them argue on camera during Keeping up with the Kardashian about Kim's revealing dress for MET Gala 2019.

Kim suggested that they were not on the same journey of spiritual transformation.  As things grew stiffer between the two Kanye, they made erratic remarks about the birth of their child North.

Kim and Kanye continued to drift apart.

After having their fourth child, Kanye moved to Wyoming as he struggled publicly with his mental health.

Although West battles with his mental health and Bipolar disorder, Kim always tried to cover for him. However, Kanye is known for his explosive, confusing tweets posted on the birdie app in July 2020.

“I have been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’”

This was referring to the criminal justice summit Kardashian attended with the rapper Meek Mill in November 2018. West later deleted and apologized for the tweet.

During Kim's 40th birthday, Kanye was nowhere to be found. He only sent birthday wishes and a hologram of Kim's father, Robert Kardashian.

After their legendary split, Kim opened up on why their marriage did not work.

"I never thought I was lonely," Kardashian said on the final episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians. "I thought I could have my kids and my husband move state to state, and I'm on this ride with him, and I was OK with that.

"But turning 40 this year, I was like, No, I don't want a husband that lives in a completely different state. I used to think that [living apart] was when we were getting along the best, but to me, that's sad, and that's not what I want.

Kim and Kanye

Kim Kardashian has been divorced three times now. First with Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2004 and Kris Humphries from 2011 to 2013 —the KKW founder hinted on divorce plans in a preview season's finale.

 “I always just thought that I could have my kids, my husband moves from state to state, and then I realized, like, no, I didn’t come this far just to come this far and not be happy."

The wealthy rapper, Kanye still wants his family together as he has constantly referred to Kim as his wife no matter what

Elon Musk and Grimes are semi-separated.

3. Elon Musk and Grimes

Elon Musk and Grimes are semi-separated. The multi-billionaire began dating Grimes in 2018. 

They announced last year the birth of their son, X Æ A-12.

Elon Musk has been divorced three times and has six sons in total.

Why did they split up?

In the past, Elon's marriage always ended due to his busy schedule.  The CEO of Tesla told page six that while they "still love each other, see each other frequently, and are on great terms," their careers often keep them apart for long periods.

"It's mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or travelling overseas and her work is primarily in LA," Musk told Page Six. "She's staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room."

The couple had been together for 3years before their breakup.

Elon was formerly married to Justin Wilson(Canadian author) and they have  twins Griffin and Xavier, 17, and triplets Damian, Saxon and Kai, 15.

Also married to Westworld actress Talulah Riley twice. They got married in 2010 but divorced 2years later. Reconciling in 2013, they divorced finally in 2016.

Kaley Cuoco and her second husband, Karl Cook, are divorced

4 Kaley Cuoco and her second husband, Karl Cook

According to People magazine the duo, Kaley Cuoco and her second husband, Karl Cook, published a joint statement announcing that they are going their separate ways after three years of marriage.

This announcement was a shock to everyone as few months before divorce announcements they shared adorable photos together 

 "Despite a deep love and respect for one another, we have realized that our current paths have taken us in opposite directions," they said. "We have both shared so much of our journey publicly so while we would prefer to keep this aspect of our personal life private, we wanted to be forthcoming in our truth together.

The couple wedded in 2018 after dating for 2years since 2016.

The couple wedded in 2018 after dating for 2years since 2016.

Why did they get divorced?

The Big Bang Theory star Kaley filed for divorce from her husband of 3years Karl Cook.

Citing "irreconcilable differences," and responding to divorce filing Karl asks to be given back certain personal items.

The personal items include "miscellaneous jewelry and other personal effects," as well as his "earnings and accumulations" that he made before, during and after their separation.

Kaley and Karl had a prenuptial. It was easier to split their assets and pay off divorce lawyers together.

Karl Cook is the son billionaire businessman Scott Cook - Kaley is an American actress.

Kaley was previously married tennis player Ryan Sweeting but divorced two years later in 2016 having cited irreconcilable differences.

Nearly six years together, the celebrity couple broke up.

5 Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik

Nearly six years together, the celebrity couple broke up. Although they split amicably and are focused on co parenting their daughter.

On and off since November 2015, the one direction singer and the supermodel have 1-year-old daughter Khai. 

Why did they breakup?

News of their breakup came after the singer was accused of striking super model, Gigi's mom, during an argument.

Zayn denied the allegation, stating, "I adamantly deny striking Yolanda Hadid and for the sake of my daughter I decline to give any further details and I hope that Yolanda will reconsider her false allegations and move towards healing these family issues in private."

Releasing a statement Gigi's rep said "Gigi is solely focused on the best for Khai. She asks for privacy during this time."

This is the third time the couple split. 

They first announced their breakup in 2018 and second occurred in January 2019, till they finally called it quits.