Celebrity divorces are always painful to watch—even from a bystander’s point of view. So going through something so personal in the public eye has to be especially heart-wrenching for the stars themselves.
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But these celebs in question reportedly got a little extra shock along with their pain when their spouses sprung divorce on them unexpectedly. Some got little notice from their former husbands and wives that they were about to split. Others got no notice at all. And some even found out from the media!
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See the famous men and women who were reportedly blindsided by divorce below.
Celebrity Divorces Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Pitt reportedly found out about Jolie's decision to file for divorce one day before she did so in September 2016, after two years of marriage.
Celebrity Divorces Gwen Stefani Gavin Rossdale
Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale
After 13 years of marriage, Rossdale reportedly believed up to hours before the divorce announcement in August 2015 that he could reverse Stefani's decision.
Celebrity Divorces Nick Lachey Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey
Lachey said Simpson told him over dinner in November 2005 that she wanted a divorce after three years of marriage. "I basically said, 'Please, let's sleep on it,'" he said. "But when we woke up the next day, Wednesday, she was still sure."
Celebrity Divorces Katie Holmes Tom Cruise
Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise
Cruise said he was surprised when his wife of five years filed for divorce just five days before his birthday in June 2012. "I didn't expect it," he said. "To be 50 and to have experiences and to think you have a grip on everything, and then it hits you--this is it, what life can do to you."
Celebrity Divorces Nicole Kidman Tom Cruise
Nicole Kidman & Tom Cruise
In a twist, Kidman reportedly was blindsided by Cruise and his decision to divorce her in 2001 after 10 years together. Kidman said, "(I thought) our life together was perfect. It took me a very long time to heal. It was a shock to my system."
Celebrity Divorces Britney Spears Kevin Federline
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
According to Federline, his wife of two years didn't even try to talk to him about her decision to file for divorce in 2006. "[I was] completely blindsided," he said.
Celebrity Divorces Hulk Hogan Linda Hogan
Hulk Hogan & Linda Hogan
Hulk reportedly first heard that his wife of 24 years was filing for divorce from a Times reporter who called him with the news in November 2007. He thanked the journalist for the "great information" and then hung up. He called the reporter five minutes later to say, "I'm kind of shocked. You caught me off-guard ... I just pulled over to the side of the road for five minutes to find out what was going on here."
Celebrity Divorces Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli
Though Garth admitted the couple's 11-year marriage was on shaky ground, she was still shocked when he wanted a divorce in 2012. In her autobiography, she wrote, "The ground that had been cracking and shifting finally split open and pretty much swallowed me whole."
Celebrity Divorces Robin Thicke Paula Patton
Paula Patton & Robin Thicke
Blindsided Thicke made several public attempts to win back his wife of nine years before she filed for divorce in October 2014, even titling his album Paula after her. Alas, he was unsuccessful.
Celebrity Divorces Keshia Knight Pulliam
Keshia Knight Pulliam & Ed Hartwell
Pulliam said she was given no warning from her husband of seven months that he was filing for divorce in July 2016--shortly after the actress had announced she was pregnant.
Celebrity Divorces Pete Wentz Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz
Reportedly, Wentz was seeking to make amends with his wife of two years when she blindsided him by suddenly filing for divorce in February 2011.
Celebrity Divorces Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw & JoJo Starbuck
Bradshaw was so shocked by Starbuck filing for divorce in 1980 that he said, "I don't accept her claim that it's over." He said he was determined to patch things up. Sadly, their four-year union didn't work out in the end.
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