2016 has certainly not been the year of love. Numerous high profile celebrity couples from Hollywood and Bollywood either broke up or filed for divorce this year. In this article, we profile the most shocking of these affairs gone bad, with the hope that 2017 will turn out better for these people in the love department.
We suppose every year has its share of breakups, but 2016 seems to really take the cake when it comes to high profile couples calling it quits, and we still have a couple of months to go! Many couples from Hollywood to Bollywood have separated this year, sending shockwaves down the vine. Here is our selection of the most surprising of these breakups.
1. Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie
The mother of all breakups. After twelve years of being together and two years as a married couple, and after six kids, they have decided earlier this year to part ways when Jolie filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. They have a combined net worth of around $400 million, and though there are multiple conspiracy theories floating around why they might wish to separate, the most often-quoted ones relate to Brad’s substance abuse issues.
2. Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif
Closer to home, after months of speculation whether Ranbir and Kat will tie the knot this year, everyone was shocked when it was revealed that Ranbir moved back to his family home and issued a statement that they’re no longer together. The real reason for the breakup is best known to the love birds themselves, and we hope in our romantic hearts that they will find happiness in their love lives, either by themselves or with each other.
3. Farhaan Akhtar and Adhuna Bhabani
This one came as a surprise because Akhtar and Bhabani have always appeared to be a devoted couple in public. After sixteen years of marriage and three years of dating prior to that, the couple decided to separate amicably, sharing custody of their children. The rumour mill has come out and spun stories of an illicit affair between Akhtar and Aditi Rao Hyadri, but all concerned parties have denied that this is true.
4. Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora
The subject of Malaika and Arbaaz’s marriage going through a rough patch had begun to do the rounds for months before Malaika moved out of the Khan household and began to live on her own. The couple issued a statement that they’re indeed taking a ‘break’. They have rubbished rumours that there is a third person involved, and in spite of Salman Khan reportedly trying to play peacemaker, the split happened. Well, at least they’re not a ‘break’ and they’ve not ‘broken up’. That means there’s hope.
5. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
This is the second of the two high profile splits that rocked Hollywood this year. Johnny Depp is known around the world as one of the most desirable men out there, so it came as a surprise when Amber Heard filed for divorce from him citing irreconcilable differences. Heard also claimed spousal support after the split, and when Depp denied spousal support via his lawyer, things have taken an ugly turn indeed.