Four Shocking Famous Divorces That We Can All Learn From

Brad and Jennifer seemed to have it all, including a picture-perfect marriage

With celebrity culture rife, and rising it’s hard to avoid hearing about what is going on in the world of the famous. Even if you don’t pay too much attention to popular culture, you’ll probably, be aware of some snippets of celebrity life.  Famous divorces are no exception. If an A-list couple marries or divorces, you can guarantee that you are going to hear about it.

But we can learn from these famous divorces, after all, personal growth lessons can be found everywhere.  We can see the silver lining in them and bring the experiences into our awareness, lives, and marriages. And we can do that even if we don’t enjoy the glam, glitter or any other superficial nonsense often involved in a famous divorce or marriage that doesn’t inspire us.  

Of course, we’ll never know what went wrong in any famous divorce that we hear about; we can only learn from what has been put out into the public eye. But there are still some profound lessons that famous divorces can teach you about divorce.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

This is one famous divorce that many of us have yet to accept!  Brad and Jennifer seemed to have it all, including a picture-perfect marriage.  However, in 2005 news broke that they had decided to divorce.

Why they divorced

According to the rumor mill, this famous divorce occurred because they were not able to agree on whether to have children or not.  Brad wanted to, Jen did not.

The lesson

There are some shared goals and values that are absolute deal breakers when it comes to maintaining a marriage, and children are one of them. You need to be on the same page when it comes to children.  

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore

Bruce and Demi were another surprising famous divorce – they seemed like they’d last forever, and their marriage did last a very long time (over ten years).  They had the whole deal, love, contentment and a family together and there were no claims of an affair. So what went wrong?

Bruce and Demi were another surprising famous divorce - they seemed like they’d last forever

Why they divorced

The passion died, the spark fizzled out, and they became bored with each other and their life together, according to the press.

The lesson

Maintaining the spark in a marriage continuously, and for the rest of your time together is essential if you want to avoid becoming another divorce statistic.  Effort should be applied to appreciate and make time for your spouse as a matter of priority, throughout your marriage.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

Ben and Jen were another couple who seemed to be in a whirlwind of marriage perfection, they had three children together and were frequently photographed looking happy together.  

Ben and Jen were another couple who seemed to be in a whirlwind of marriage perfection

Why they divorced

The reasons behind this famous divorce is a common cause for divorce – an affair.  Unfortunately, they split up in 2015 amongst rumors that Ben had an affair with their nanny.  

The lessons

While Jennifer really couldn’t have changed the situation (other than not hiring an attractive nanny), she was firm in her boundaries over fidelity, hopefully leading to a happier life after Ben.  Clear boundaries are essential in any relationship, but it’s important to stand by them too.

Nobody is immune to temptations, but If you choose to partake in infidelity, and cannot resist it despite clear boundaries, then you can expect to be paying high stakes with your marriage, or perhaps need to take a look at what is wrong within your marriage that should cause you to look elsewhere.  

Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga

An unusual couple they may be, but they were a couple who seemed extremely happy together, and sharing it with the world with plenty of romantic photos – only to end up on the ‘famous divorce heap’ but still claiming to love each other.  

An unusual couple they may be, but they were a couple who seemed extremely happy together

The reason for divorce

Demanding work schedules, and an inability to find the right work-life balance.

The lesson

It’s important to determine priorities before getting married because one of the key features of marriage is establishing priorities that both parties agree upon.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

It’s no secret that Katie Holmes had a crush on Tom even in her teens, so when she married him, this seemed to be one of those marriages that could be predestined. But surprisingly their famous divorce hit the headlines six years later.  

It’s no secret that Katie Holmes had a crush on Tom even in her teens

The reason for divorce

This famous divorce was probably also on the cards, just because their fundamental values were misaligned.  They divorced because (according to rumors) Katie was not onboard with Scientology values and when she became a mother, she was not prepared to subject their Daughter to such values.  She felt she was protecting her Daughter.

The lesson

A marriage will not last if one party is absorbed in and committed to a particular fundamental belief and the other party is not. Religious beliefs can become a genuine stumbling block for some couples and lead to divorces.

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