Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson is a particularly divisive character in the world of reality television. Rosie O’Donnell loves the
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star, calling her show “really revolutionary TV in a way most people won’t understand.” RuPaul claims she is his “reason for living” and wants to sing a duet with the pint-sized pageant princess. Even Barbara Walters dubbed her one of the most fascinating people of 2012, a stance she defended by saying “she’s sweet and loving with her mother and loving with her sisters.”
On the other side of the spectrum, there are plenty of famous folk who can’t stand the Georgia-born GIF generator. Ever since she sparkled and shined her way into the public’s consciousness in Season 5 of TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras in 2012, Honey Boo Boo has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way — on principal, if nothing else. Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine flies into a red rage at the mere mention of her name. Conan O’Brien strongly suspects Honey Boo Boo is responsible for China “kicking America’s a**.” Meanwhile, The Real Housewives of Atlanta ‘s Kenya Moore thinks Honey Boo Boo looks like a prostitute.
Wherever you stand on the great Honey Boo Boo divide, it’s time to “redneckognize” a simply fact: Some people wish she’d just go away. Let’s reheat last night’s ” sketti ,” hunker down, and deep-dive into this.
We’ll keep the big fenagly words to a minimum.
Adam Levine calls her ‘the decay of Western Civilization’
Let’s start with an easy one. Pop star Adam Levine, Mr. “This Love” himself, allegedly hates Honey Boo Boo with a fiery passion that verges on fanatical. In a 2012
GQ profile , the Voice judge went off on the former Toddlers & Tiaras tyke, and the result is a thing of beauty.
Asked whether he’d rather wake up “not famous” or wake up as one of Honey Boo Boo’s parents , Levine wastes no time completely wigging out: “Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the DECAY of Western civilization,” he declared.
According to Levine, the fact that the show successfully gathered so many eyeballs “doesn’t mean it’s good.” In fact, he likened the Honey Boo Boo phenomenon to when “people witness atrocities and can’t take their eyes away from them.” And, just in case some readers still aren’t clear on where Levine stands on the issue, he emphasized that “that show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That’s. Ever. Happened.”
And he goes on. And on. And on. “It’s complete f***ing ignorance and the most despicable way to treat your kids. F**k those people.” Later, he apologized for all his frothy vitriol, saying, “I’m so sensitive to that. … it’s upsetting.” And then, just to clarify, he shouted: “F**K THOSE PEOPLE.”
Maybe he’s more of a Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon kinda guy.
Kris Jenner hates HBB and her little mother, too!
Did Kris Jenner try to turn the Kardashian clan against Honey Boo Boo’s family? That’s the story one rabble-rousing source told
Radar Online in 2012. The anonymous tattletale claimed Jenner really had it in for the beauty pageant contestant and Mama June Shannon. Reportedly, Jenner was angry because they were upstaging her own reality show calamity. “She thinks the Thompsons are classless, unlike her family, and can’t understand why America is so fascinated by them,” whispered the source. “The show has become bigger than Keeping up with the Kardashians, and Kris is starting to feel threatened by its success.”
But perhaps this story has a happy ending — which is exactly what we want from this situation, right? None too shadily, Jenner actually responded to the Radar Online story, claiming she wasn’t familiar with all the Honey Hoo-Hoo Whatchamacallit: “I would never criticize her, because I didn’t even really know who Honey Boo Boo is,” she told E! News in 2012, confessing that she strongly suspected Boo Boo was the name of a dog.
By 2013, Jenner had apparently done her homework and learned her Sugar Bears from her Chickadees. Commenting on the Thompson’s Halloween costumes that year — they’d all dressed up as the Kardashians — the “momager” did her best to be a good sport, tweeting , “‘So awesome honeybooboo mamajune_booboo you guys all looked fabulous! #Kardashianlove”
Well played? You decide.
PETA rep Michelle Cho doesn’t like her chicken names
Although we don’t imagine Honey Boo Boo has a walk-in closet brimming with ermine and mink, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) still did its homework and found something to scold the little girl for: the name of her plucky pet chicken, Nugget.
In 2012, Alana Thompson was just minding her own business when an ominous letter arrived from the animal activist organization. The screed urged Honey Boo Boo to “honor” her pet chicken “and protect other chickens just like her.” At the time, Thompson was just 7 years old.
According to E! News, the letter, written by PETA’s former Associate Director of Communications Michelle Cho, alerted Thompson that “chickens are smart, interesting animals with personalities of their own.” In no uncertain terms, the organization asked Thompson to change the name of her feathered friend at once — to “Not A Nugget.” To sweeten this non-deal, PETA even sent the former Toddlers & Tiaras star an “I Am Not a Nugget” T-shirt, plus a sampling of some juicy, protein-packed “faux-chicken tenders” by Gardein.
We’re not sure PETA’s swag bag did the trick. Two years later, Thompson told InTouch all the things she wanted to be when she grows up: “a mama, a beauty queen, working at Walmart [and] working at McDonald’s so I can eat their chicken nuggets.”
She makes no mention of wanting to be a brand ambassador or thought leader at Gardein.
Jimmy Fallon: ‘Never hit your mother!’
As far as bad behavior goes, striking your mom is right up there with carjacking and managing a puppy mill. Through the power of editing, home audiences were spared the sight of Honey Boo Boo getting physical with Mama June during a 2014 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon . Unfortunately, the studio audience wasn’t quite so lucky. The unedited segment was allegedly such a disaster, writer Christy O’Shoney wrote a Salon story calling Honey Boo Boo a “tiny, dimpled monster.” (O’Shoney was in the audience because a friend happened to have a spare ticket.)
O’Shoney suggests the little girl was constantly having her lines fed to her by
Mama June and reportedly possessed none of the storied fizziness that’s turned her into a modern-day meme on legs. In fact, O’Shoney says the whole interview was fraught with an “eerie tension.” She also claims Honey Boo Boo was so annoyed at one point that she abruptly “struck” Mama June, much to the palpable dismay of the host. “Never hit your mother!” Fallon allegedly exclaimed, in an only-slightly-jokey tone. O’Shoney’s bottom line? She found Honey Boo Boo “disrespectful, defiant, entitled.”
In fact, Honey Boo Boo supposedly refused to give Fallon her friendship bracelet (on numerous occasions) and said his muscles weren’t that big. Maybe someone didn’t drink enough Go Go juice that day.
Kenya Moore thinks she looks like a ‘hooker’
Rule of thumb: It’s generally frowned upon to compare a 7-year-old girl to a prostitute. Nevertheless, no one seemed to bat an eye when The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore came for Honey Boo Boo. In 2014, the former Miss USA told InTouch: “Her mother puts her onstage looking like a glorified hooker!” She also thinks that “Honey Boo Boo is not a role model for young women,” which, fair enough.
Thompson also has it in for Mama June. In fact, she doesn’t have many good things to say about pageant moms as a whole. According to Shannon, beauty contests are about so much more than grabbing a trophy. You have to demonstrate that you’re distractingly beautiful inside and out. “Pageants are about having poise and promoting self-esteem and self-worth,” she says. She doesn’t think Honey Boo Boo possesses any of these qualities: “When a little girl wears a lot of makeup, fake teeth, and extensions, like hookers do — that’s just not appropriate.”
Honey Boo Boo would probably respond to these accusations with one of her most famous epigrams: “Pretty comes in all sizes. My size is cute.”
Steve Harvey is gonna have to pass
Poor Steve Harvey. The self-professed King of Comedy probably thinks Honey Boo Boo is a multi-headed monster that occasionally shambles into his life to remind him that Chaos Reigns.
In 2013, the entire family managed to upend his interview while appearing on his talk show, Steve. In fact, all hell quite literally broke loose. As Shannon regaled Harvey with news that Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon “changes boyfriends like she changes underwear,” her equally craven sister, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, abruptly let one rip. Harvey’s face contorts into so many varied expressions of disgust that entire articles have been dedicated to dissecting the moment. “Honey Boo Boo meets Steve Harvey and we took over!” cried Mama Shannon, clearly pleased as punch. Meanwhile, Honey Boo Boo lay slug-like and squalid, sprawled on the sofa with limbs awry like an abandoned ventriloquist doll on a sugar low.
This shining beacon of Peak TV isn’t the only time Harvey has had to deal with the Honey Boo Boo crew. That same year, they all appeared on Family Feud, and that experience sounds equally off-putting. During a 2014 visit to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (via Buzzfeed ), Harvey revealed that Pumpkin “shut the show down ’cause she had a request.” Apparently, she wouldn’t let the show go on until she had a big mouthful of yummy corn.
“Who the hell can’t go on without a bowl of corn?” he wondered, aghast. Then, to Fallon: “You don’t … you don’t know nobody like that.”
Harvey probably wishes he didn’t, either.
Conan O’Brien: She’s why China is kicking America’s a**
Et tu, O’Brien? Stars like The Bridge’s Diane Kruger and Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson have both appeared on Conan to discuss their unhealthy obsession with Honey Boo Boo (“It’s like crack to me,” Kruger confessed.) Alas, so far no one’s successfully converted the talk show host into a fan. All in all, he doesn’t seem remotely smitten on the reality star, as you can tell from some of his material: “Sarah Palin visited the White House last night along with Ted Nugent and Kid Rock. All three expressed their regrets that Honey Boo Boo couldn’t make it.”
O’Brien takes it one step further in the above clip, suggesting the real reason China is “kicking America’s a**” is because everyone in the USA is sitting around watching Alana Thompson rock her daisy dukes .
And since three makes a trend, let’s not forget the time Conan’s crew superimposed Honey Boo Boo’s face onto Gollum from The Hobbit . Anybody who does that probably isn’t a big fan.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone can’t abide her
Even by South Park standards, the show’s depiction of Honey Boo Boo (in the show’s 232nd episode) is pretty damn vicious. It even inspired think pieces with headlines such as: “Honey Boo Boo on ‘South Park’: Are Reality Stars Parker and Stone’s Blind Spot?”
Titled “Raising the Bar,” the episode finds Cartman coming to terms with the fact that he’s obese. To combat the problem, he spends most of the episode riding around in a mobility scooter. Soon enough, famous folk such as Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson follow his lead. In a plot twist that’s perhaps not South Park’s most inspired moment, Cartman launches his own reality show called
Fatty Doo Doo. At one point, Cartman and Honey Boo Boo are pitted against one another in a wrestling match (that takes place in a pile of spaghetti, or “sketti,” as the case may be.) For some reason, this all goes down on the South Lawn of the White House.
Well, the Honey Boo Boo clan caught wind of the episode, and it didn’t exactly give it two thumbs up. (Or three, for that matter.) Mama June was asked by the TMZ minions what she thought of the spoof, and she responded, “Me being a big person, I didn’t take offense … That show is just not a show that I would want to be on in the first place.”
Her main complaint? Without putting too fine a point on it, Mama June ultimately thought the South Park episode was “kinda trashy.”
Larry the Cable Guy declared all-out redneck war
Things we’ve learned so far today: Not all rednecks are created equal — at least, not according to Larry the Cable Guy. Inexplicably swarmed by TMZ reporters in 2012 while hanging out in West Hollywood, the stand-up comedian insisted there’s a very distinct line in the sand that separates his kind of redneck from the Honey Boo Boo variety. Yes, apparently there’s a pecking order to these things.
“I’m a redneck,” he huffed. “I’m not a Honey Boo Boo redneck, I’m a Larry the Cable Guy redneck, there’s a big difference between the two rednecks.” He then attempts to break down all the numerous “stages” of redneckiness. Jeff Foxworthy is apparently the gold standard of redneck, while the likes of Honey Boo Boo are decidedly lower class. What’s the difference, exactly? According to Larry the Cable Guy, “The food’s not as greasy” when you’re in the upper echelons of redneckery.
This all echoes a sentiment he expressed in an interview with M Live in 2013: “Honey Boo Boo, in my opinion, is [a] bottom of the barrel redneck.” So there you have it.
Mickie Wood gives her a Bronx cheer
Mickie Wood isn’t necessarily the classiest of class acts. After all, she reportedly
responds to criticism by impersonating flatulence. Nevertheless, Radar Online claims the notorious mother of child pageant star Eden Wood finds Honey Boo Boo to be positively “vomit inducing.” Heather Ryan, Eden Wood’s former manager, wrote a gruesome e-book called Unleashing a Momster that chronicles all the child pageant melodrama that goes on behind the scenes. Turns out there’s a considerably lurid underbelly beneath all that sparkle and shine.
In a chapter entitled “The Honey Boo Boo Boom,” Ryan claims Honey Boo Boo represents everything Mickie “hated about herself” and “hated about ugly, overweight hillbillies.”
If the e-book is to be believed, Mickie would just sort-of sit around and be “disgusted” and “lament for hours about how vomit inducing the Shannon family was.” Allegedly, her jealousy went through the roof when Here Comes Honey Boo Boo premiered in 2012. Ryan writes: “I’m pretty sure I heard a loud, distinctive BOOM from Taylor, Arkansas as Mickie Wood’s head exploded.”
She may have just been blowing raspberries again.
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson is a particularly divisive character in the world of reality television. Rosie O’Donnell loves the
Sports stars often have it easy when it comes to attracting beautiful women. With tons of fans watching them on the field or on the court, there’s never a shortage of gorgeous women interested in dating an athlete. Sometimes these women just so happen to be young … very young. People may turn their noses up at May-December romances, but, as they say, the heart wants what the heart wants.
Though many popular athletes were once married to women with whom they were close in age, some left those marriages behind to begin relationships with younger women who captured their hearts. Surprisingly, many of these relationships have continued to blossom throughout the years. Apparently, the massive age gaps just couldn’t stop these older athletes and their young partners from falling more deeply in love.
These athletes’ relationships are proof that
love knows no bounds . From professional wrestlers to basketball players to golf legends, here are a few sports star relationships with uncomfortable age gaps.
Derek Jeter’s young wife is an ‘old soul’
Once upon a time, Derek Jeter was one of the sports world’s most eligible bachelors. He dated everyone from Mariah Carey to Jessica Biel, though no one locked him down for long. But the former New York Yankees star changed his relationship status from single to taken when he met Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hannah Davis in 2012.
Despite their 16-year age difference, a source told Us Weekly , “Their relationship works because they are both supportive and sweet to each other … They almost never fight.”
Perhaps they get along so well because Davis is more mature than what her age would suggest. A family friend told the New York Post, “Her mom told me, when Hannah was about 16, that she was an ‘old soul’ … She definitely has a wisdom beyond her years.”
The couple later tied the knot in 2016 when Davis was 26 and Jeter was 42. The nuptials took place in an intimate ceremony in St. Helena, Calif., a source told People , and in August 2017, the couple welcomed a baby girl named Bella Raine.
Julius Erving married his much younger mistress
Professional basketball player Julius Erving’s philandering past is no secret. The athlete wrote all about it in the pages of his autobiography, Dr. J, spilling the tea on his own womanizing ways (via Daily Mail ).
As he explained, the Hall of Famer was married to his then-wife, Turquoise, at the height of his career. The couple had four children together, but that apparently didn’t stop his wandering eye. Having cheated multiple times, Erving would father not one but two children outside of his marriage to Turquoise.
The first child was the product of an affair he had with a woman named Samantha Stevenson, which resulted in the birth of their daughter, tennis player Alexander. His second child conceived outside of his marriage to Turquoise was carried by his mistress, Dorýs Madden, who is 19 years his junior. But Erving and Madden’s relationship wasn’t just a fling — it appeared to be the real deal.
Not letting their age difference (or his marriage) stop them from solidifying their relationship, Erving and Madden got married in 2008 after he finalized his divorce from Turquoise, and they went on to have two more children together.
Michael Jordan is 15 years older than his wife
After divorcing his ex-wife, Juanita, in 2006 and being ordered to pay one of the most costly divorce settlements ever (to the tune of
$150 million), we thought for sure that basketball legend Michael Jordan was done with love. And we certainly didn’t expect him to walk down the aisle again, but, boy, were we ever wrong. Even if he had made a personal vow to swear off committed relationships in the future, the sports star’s love life made a slam dunk when he met Yvette Prieto in 2008, as reported by USA Today.
After getting engaged in 2011, the high-profile couple tied the knot in 2013 in Palm Beach, Fla. Jordan was 50 years at the time, and Prieto was 35 — proving that, when it comes to love, age is just a number. The following year, the New York Daily News reported that Prieto had given birth to twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel.
Wladimir Klitschko & Hayden Panettiere’s relationship ‘looked crazy’ at first
It’s pretty obvious that Nashville star Hayden Panettiere has a thing for older men. During the height of her acting career, she added her name to the list of celebs who’ve dated their on-screen love interests when she went out with her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia when she was barely 18 years old and he was 29 (via Mr Porter ). After their 2009 breakup, Panettiere upped the ante in terms of finding a much older mate, and she went completely gaga over former professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko, who was 13 years her senior.
Even Panettiere knew that she and Klitschko were an odd match when she spoke to Cosmopolitan in 2014. “On paper, a relationship between the two of us looked crazy. From where we live to where we come from, the differences in our lives are fairly big,” she told the publication. She forgot to mention their staggering height and age difference, but we digress…
After meeting at a book party and becoming an item in 2009, they had a brief breakup before reconnecting and getting engaged in October 2013 (via ABC News). The couple later welcomed their first child together in 2014, as reported by Us Weekly .
Steve Nash found love with a college athlete
Steve Nash’s first marriage to Alejandra Amarilla — with whom he shares three children with — may have hit the skids after nine years, but that didn’t deter the former professional basketball player from giving marriage another shot when he met Lilla Frederick.
He and Frederick, a former college volleyball player, got engaged in March 2016, according to TMZ. The proposal took place in the super romantic city of Majorca, Spain where the couple had been vacationing. Nash obviously couldn’t wait to share the news of the engagement, so he posted a photo on his
Instagram soon after with a caption that simply read, “She said yes!”
They later tied the knot in September of that same year when Frederick was just 26 and Nash was 42. Frederick gave birth to their son, Luca, in 2017, and the sports star and his young bride were ecstatic about the new addition to their family. “Mom’s a serious champ and we’re in love with this little guy,” Nash wrote in the caption of an Instagram photo featuring the adorable newborn.
Hines Ward swapped his young wife
Former Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward may not be on the field during game days anymore, but the team’s home stadium of Heinz Field was the backdrop to his 2014 wedding to Lindsey Georgalas. TMZ reported that the former wide receiver had been dating Georgalas since 2012. After walking down the 50-yard line to say their “I do’s,” the couple appeared on an episode of Celebrity Wife Swap in 2015 when Ward was 39 and Georgalas was 24.
During filming, Ward swapped Georgalas with actor Verne Troyer’s girlfriend Brittney Powell. “She was hesitant,” Ward told
AJC about his young bride’s reluctance in appearing on the reality show.
Come to find out, Georgalas may have been young, but she was far from being naive. Maybe her inner voice was trying to save her from the impending national embarrassment. On an episode of the program, Georgalas attempted to redecorate Troyer’s game room, and the Austin Power star let out a huge, smelly fart right in front of her as a form of protest. Gross.
Bjorn Borg now has the ‘perfect life’
Swedish tennis champ Bjorn Borg was swarmed by fans during his heyday, thanks to his long and luscious hair and, of course, his skills on the court. “There were girls on the way to the practice court, girls by the match court, and girls waiting in the lobby of my hotel,” he once told The Telegraph . And after two failed marriages, he was finally able to rifle through a bevy of eager women to finally find the girl of his dreams.
The five-time Wimbledon champ married Patricia Ostfeldt in 2002 in front of 130 family members and friends, according to Hello! magazine. Borg was 46 on their wedding day and Ostfeldt was 35. Now, their age gap may not seem that bad compared to some of the other athlete relationships, but keep in mind that when Borg was 10 years old Ostfeldt wasn’t even born yet. Yeah, let that sink in.
Even though they have more than a few years between them, Borg believes he’s finally with his one true love. “It feels as though I have found the right woman for me and I’m now living the way I want to live. I have the perfect life now and I wouldn’t change a thing,” he gushed to The Telegraph .
Tiki Barber & his intern drove off into the sunset
Scandal erupted when former New York Giants and NBC Today show host Tiki Barber was exposed for having an affair with his babysitter-turned-NBC intern, Traci Lynn Johnson. What made the story even more scandalous was the fact that Barber’s wife, Ginny, was pregnant with twins at the time he was engaging in the affair.
Eight days after his divorce from his ex-wife was finalized, 37-year-old Barber wed 23-year-old Johnson at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau, the Daily Mail reported. Their union wasn’t without backlash, though, especially after details leaked on just how aggressively he had pursued the young woman.
“On her 21st birthday, he sent her 21 dozen roses to her dorm. He also gave her a diamond and sapphire bracelet,” a source told the NY Post. “At this point, she had a boyfriend, and told him that she and Tiki were ‘just friends,’ but nobody bought it.”
With the scandal finally behind them, the mismatched couple has appeared to be more in love than ever. They even welcomed their
second child together in 2016.
Robert Kraft mended his broken heart with a young babe
Robert Kraft lost the love of his life, wife Myra, when she died of ovarian cancer in July 2011. The owner of the New England Patriots found comfort in his football organization and the team’s players who graciously dedicated the 2011 football season to Myra’s memory. “I sort of feel robbed,” Kraft told the Boston Globe when he described having his time with Myra cut short. But a year after her passing, he found companionship in Ricki Noel Lander, a dancer and actress who was 39 years his junior.
While getting to know one another, Lander accompanied Kraft to various events, including a Boston Celtics basketball game and a U.S. Open tennis match, and it was clear to everyone that they were a couple. But, in an unusual twist, TMZ reported in early March 2018 that Lander had secretly given birth to a baby — and it wasn’t Kraft’s!
At the time, Kraft’s rep issued this statement: “While Robert Kraft is not the biological father, he is thrilled with Ricki’s blessing of having a healthy child. With respect to her family’s privacy, we will not be commenting any further.” Say what?!
Kurt Angle won his wife over with a trip to Arby’s
Olympic gold medalist and WWE and TNA Hall of Famer Kurt Angle had just ended his first marriage to Karen Smedley, which played out on television as an Impact Wrestling storyline, when he met Giovanna Yannotti. The two connected on the set of the 2009 movie End Game, according to an interview Yannotti gave to Vince Russo in 2016.
Completely ignoring their 18-year age gap, Yannotti fell in love with the sports star’s “big blue eyes” and how handsome he was. After becoming friends for a few years, he finally asked her out on a date to Arby’s because nothing says “I love you” like a roast beef sandwich.
Friendship eventually turned into romance, and the couple later married in July 2012. As of 2016, Angle and Yannotti have had three children together and have apparently remained determined not to let their age difference get in the way of their unconventional love.
10 most expensive divorce settlements in history total over $11 billion — here’s who walked away with the most
Even President Donald Trump’s costly divorce pales in comparison to these seven and eight-figure settlements.
Plenty of celebrities have been on the wrong end of a costly divorce settlement, including Paul McCartney, Madonna, Tiger Woods, and even President Donald Trump » .
Though each of those settlements were worth tens of millions of dollars, they pale in comparison to the most expensive divorce settlements of all time.
That dubious list is reserved for settlements worth hundreds of millions of dollars — and in a few eye-popping cases, $1 billion or more.
Read on to see the most expensive divorce settlements of all time:
10. Bob Johnson and Sheila Crump Johnson, 2002 — $400 million
Television moguls Bob Johnson and Sheila Johnson were married from 1969 to 2002, and during their time together cofounded the network Black Entertainment Television.
In 2000, the couple became the first African-American billionaires, and when the couple divorced two years later, Sheila Johnson walked away with $400 million, according to ABC News » .
In a twist of fate, Sheila later married the judge » who presided over her divorce.
9. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore, 2006 — $425 million
The nearly half-a-million-dollar settlement between actor Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore remains the largest Hollywood divorce payout » in history.
The settlement totaled half of the actor’s net worth at the time.
8. Craig McCaw and Wendy McCaw, 1997 — $460 million
Cell phone industry pioneer Craig McCaw and newspaper publisher Wendy McCaw amicably divorced in 1997, with the settlement estimated to exceed $460 million in Nextel stock, according to Forbes » .
7. Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovlev, 2014 — $604 million
Elena Rybolovleva filed for divorce from Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev and cited his “serial infidelity,” saying he used to “share his young conquests with his friends, and other oligarchs.”
The courts initially awarded Elena a whopping $4.5 billion » in the settlement in 2014, but after an appeal, she walked away with “only” $604 million.
6. Adnan Khashoggi and Soraya Khashoggi, 1980 — $874 million
In 1961, Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi married a 20-year-old British woman named Sandra Daly, who converted to Islam and changed her name to Soraya.
According to Time » , at the height of their wealth, the couple owned 17 homes, three planes, and three yachts.
The couple divorced in 1974 and their settlement totaled a then-record $874 million dollars — equivalent to more than $2 billion today.
5. Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall, 2012 — $975 million
The bitter divorce proceedings between oil magnate Harold Hamm and his wife Sue Ann Arnall ended with Hamm writing her a massive $974.8 million check.
Arnall didn’t immediately cash the check amid a multi-year court battle » for a larger settlement, but ultimately deposited it in 2015.
4. Steve and Elaine Wynn, 2010 — $1 billion
Las Vegas casino bigwigs Steve and Elaine Wynn were married to each other not once but twice, from 1963 to 1986 and from 1991 to 2010.
Their second divorce is said to be one of the most expensive of all time » . Although details have been kept under wraps, the settlement is estimated » at $1 billion.
3. Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Radić, 2009 — $1.2 billion
Formula One executive Bernie Ecclestone, one of the richest people in the United Kingdom, divorced Croatian model Slavica Radić in 2009.
The settlement was estimated at $1.2 billion, and although the details aren’t completely clear, there appears to be an unusual twist — Radić seems to be the one paying Ecclestone » .
2. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Torv, 1999 — $1.7 billion
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and journalist Maria Torv were married for 31 years and had three children together.
But the couple had diverging plans for when Murdoch would retire, and they agreed to an ” amicable separation » ” in 1998. Details of the separation are sparse, but Torv is rumored to have received » $1.7 billion.
Both parties seemed to have moved on quickly: Murdoch married Wendi Deng 17 days after the divorce, while Torv married William Mann six months after.
1. Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein, 1999 — $3.8 billion
The costliest known divorce occurred in 1999, when French-American businessman and art dealer Alec Wildenstein divorced his wife of 21 years, Jocelyn Wildenstein.
The high-profile divorce proceedings resulted in Jocelyn being awarded $2.5 billion and $100 million for each of the next 13 years, according to People » , for a jaw-dropping total of $3.8 billion.
Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer became one of Hollywood’s “it couples” after
secretly getting married in a February 2018 ceremony. And, as to be expected, they’ve been pretty darn private about their romance.
Schumer, one of America’s most popular comedians, rose to fame as a queen of comedy with her bold and unfiltered stand-up routines. With her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, busy touring schedule, and multiple successes at the box office, the Trainwreck star has become one of the world’s highest-paid comedians . Her husband, on the other hand, has lived a much more low-key life as a celebrated chef. In addition to winning the James Beard Award for his critically acclaimed 2015 cookbook,
The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook, he’s helmed the Beach Plum Restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. since 2013.
Not only are these two at the top of their careers, but they’re also totally in love. And while these lovebirds are undoubtedly couple goals, there’s much more to their fast-paced relationship than meets the eye. How much do you really know about this power couple? Here are some of the stranger facts about their marriage.
A rebound relationship
Fischer is technically Schumer’s rebound following her long-term romance with furniture designer Ben Hanisch. The former couple had dated for nearly two years after meeting online, but they called it quits in May 2017.
Just before their split, the topic of marriage had come up during the Snatched star’s appearance on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show. “We are talking about today,” she told the shock jock (via People). “I love the idea of committing to someone and making that choice and I want to have a family but right now, we are not in talks.”
Two weeks later, a rep for the comedian confirmed their breakup, simply stating, “Amy and Ben have ended their relationship after thoughtful consideration and remain friends.” According to an E! News source, “As time went on they realized they weren’t on the same page or heading in the same direction.”
But it all worked out for Schumer in the end, as she and Fischer would hit it off soon after.
Chris’ sister played matchmaker
Schumer and Fischer might be known for moving fast, but they actually got off to a slow start after meeting through the comedian’s personal assistant — Fischer’s sister, Molly, who played matchmaker.
As the Inside Amy Schumer star explained during her 2018 appearance on The Howard Stern Show, the orchestrated meet-cute occurred while she was filming her movie I Feel Pretty in Martha’s Vineyard. Since Fischer worked nearby, Molly arranged for him to visit the stand-up’s vacation house and cook dinner.
They hit it off immediately and began hanging out as friends, but things didn’t heat up until much later when the chef made the first move. “He came up behind me and he put his arms around me and he kissed my neck,” Schumer said. “And it was on and then we were just so open with each other. There was no nonsense.” She continued, “I got that feeling where all the blood goes to all the places. It just changed … We’d been friends for, like, six months before [dating].”
Dating in secret
Schumer and Fischer were notoriously private about their blossoming romance, having secretly dated for months before finally going public with their relationship in February 2018.
“I’m dating this new dude,” the Leather Special star said at the Hilarity for Charity Variety Show in June 2017, only a month after she and Hanisch split (via Elite Daily). “He’s awesome, he’s like Stephen Hawking, sexually.”
Apart from dropping that single hint, the two managed to keep their relationship completely under wraps — well, mostly. Schumer and her then-mystery man first sparked dating rumors when they were spotted grabbing dinner together in New York City that November. Two months later, the cute pair were photographed again while attending a taping of Saturday Night Live in support of host Jessica Chastain.
Shortly after, Schumer made their relationship status Instagram official, posting a photo booth picture of the couple sharing a kiss at Ellen DeGeneres’ 60th birthday party.
Chris isn’t famous
Fischer may be a celebrated chef who is well known in the restaurant world, but he’s completely “normal” by Hollywood’s standards — a.k.a. not famous. “He’s totally not into the celebrity world and [Amy] likes how off the grid he is,” a source told People. “He’s a really genuine guy who’s very close to his family.”
While he tends to keep a low profile as he runs his family’s farm in Menemsha, Mass., that doesn’t necessarily mean the celebrated chef didn’t already have some pretty impressive connections to the entertainment industry before wooing his future wife.
Fischer made a name for himself while
working as a sous chef for Food Network’s Mario Batali in New York City’s high-end restaurant, Babbo. He had met the now-disgraced celebrity chef through pal Jake Gyllenhaal, who just so happens to also be friends with Schumer. Small world! Fischer’s expertise in the kitchen even impressed then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, who visited his Beach Plum Restaurant — one of their favorite date spots — in 2013. No big deal .
An unexpected proposal
After their slow-burn start, things heated up
really quickly between these two, and it wasn’t long until marriage was on the table.
Fischer popped the question only a few months into their relationship. While detailing the unexpected proposal on Howard Stern’s radio show , Schumer recalled how the chef had woken her up, held out an engagement ring, and simply said, “I got you this.” It may just be the most chill proposal in history, but the comedian, who was still wearing a night mask and ear plugs, said yes.
But that’s not to say she rushed into walking down the aisle. “You know that I’m not like a fool. I’m not impulsive like that,” Schumer said on The View two months after tying the knot (via People). “We have known each other for about a year now and we’ve been living together already for six months. So you know it’s not a long courtship but it’s not like we had a great weekend in Vegas and threw in the towel. I’m not going to settle. I don’t want to settle. I met the one.”
Adele almost officiated their wedding
Only two days after confirming their relationship on social media, the couple
secretly got married in a star-studded ceremony in Malibu, Calif. The surprise wedding had been set into motion by a drunken conversation between Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence, and Adele.
“We were real drunk one night and talking about how we wanted to get married and Adele was like, ‘Well, I can marry you,’ and we were like, ‘OK, cool,'” Schumer explained on SiriusXM’s Jim and Sam Show. “We were making a whole plan.” However, in the cold light of day (and with the renewed clarity of sobering up), the “Hello” singer backed out. “The next day, [Adele’s] like, ‘Hey, we’re not really like friends,'” the comedian continued. “She got ordained to marry her good friends, so I think she was like, ‘They’ll be kind of annoyed if I just start marrying random basic b****es.'”
Luckily, comedian John Early stepped in to officiate, and he married the couple while dressed in drag, as he channeled one of his most popular characters , Vicky. Planning the rest of the last-minute wedding took Schumer about three days. According to People, after finding a white dress and choosing “Rainbow Connection” to accompany her walk down the aisle, the bride-to-be sent out a text-invite to friends and family, which simply read, “I’m getting married on Tuesday. I hope you can come.”
Exchanging unconventional vows
Not unlike their relationship’s trajectory, the couple’s vows were a mix of the romantic and the truly unconventional. After professing their love, they roasted each other in front of their 80 guests, including A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, Larry David, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
“People are wondering, ‘Why the rush?’ and it’s because I truly cannot wait another second to be your wife — I love you,” Schumer can be heard saying in their beautiful wedding video, while Fischer told her, “I love you Amy. You bring happiness and joy to every part of my life. You are the best thing to ever happen to me.” (Excuse us while we go cry now.)
However, things soon took a turn for the inappropriate. “In my vows I go, ‘But I promise I’ll keep going down on you, even though everyone tells me I won’t,'” the comedian told Howard Stern . “And his were like, heckling me too. He was like, ‘The other day I lost a tennis match and you called me a f**king loser.’ It was all like awful s**t.”
And, while it isn’t a competition, Schumer knows how her vows stacked up against Fischer’s. “Mine sucked!” she joked on SiriusXM’s You Up With Nikki Glaser (via Us Weekly). “His blew me out of the water so hard.”
JLaw’s roasted Schumer at the wedding
Schumer’s friends took a page out of the newlyweds’ book and turned their traditional wedding toasts into moving yet hilarious roasts. And, of course, bestie Jennifer Lawrence was up first.
“[She] made a really sweet toast,” the comedian told Howard Stern (via Newsday). “It was really sweet, y’know, because we just joke around so much. But to hear her say, ‘You’re the matriarch now and it’s a role you’ll be so good at, and I know you love fiercely’ — and then she also said, ‘I wish for you patience, which you don’t have.’ Like she kinda also roasted me, but it was really sweet.”
Up next were Schumer’s non-celebrity, hometown friends. They enlisted the help of comedy legend Larry David, who simply told them, “Don’t do it.” As the actress recalled, they promptly ignored the Curb Your Enthusiasm star’s advice. “I was ready to, like, cry, when they went up to make a toast,” she said. “They go up and they’re like, ‘Amy empowers women.’ And they each went down the line and said how I’d empowered them. But it was things like, ‘Amy taught me how to shoplift!’ … I’m like, ‘My new in-laws are here! How about just reel it in a little! Say I’m a good hugger!'”
Shutting down rumors
Shortly after tying the knot, Schumer took to
Instagram to officially clear the air on one particular rumor surrounding the couple’s surprise nuptials — namely, that they only got hitched because she was allegedly expecting her first child. “No I’m not pregnant,” she bluntly wrote in a text-post, adding, “And no gifts but thank you for asking. Instead please consider [a] donation to everytown for gun safety.”
However, that’s not to say that having children hadn’t crossed their minds. “Are we talking kids?” Howard Stern asked Schumer, to which she replied, “Maybe. Well, I got a little dog and I really love her so — that’s the first step. But then, y’know, now I have nieces and whatever” (via Newsday). At that time, all the comedian knew for certain was, “You’re in, you’re done. He’s mine, I’m his. We’ve partnered up. We’ve committed to be partners for life and we meant it.” And really, that’s all that matters.
Their romance is relationship expert approved
Much has been written about Schumer and Fischer’s surprising, whirlwind romance, but one relationship expert spoke with Bravo TV in 2018 about the positives of fast-moving, rebound romances .
“Some people just decide and it’s stable and permanent and positive and for their own emotional security,” the expert, who simply went by Theresa, said. “Rebound relationships actually work, they can be the healthiest ones because you often know more clearly what you want, rebound relationships have a bad rap but can be the best things because you have a clearer sense of who you are and what you want.”
She added, “Less time between a break-up and a new relationship generally predicts greater well-being, higher self-esteem, and more respect for a new partner … Individuals who tend to be emotionally stable were actually more likely to have a shorter amount of time between a relationship’s end and a new one’s beginning.”
This path may go against common sense to some, but it sounds like it may actually be the way to go for certain couples. Who knew?
They’re total relationship goals
Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer’s relationship may have its fair share of surprises and quirks, but, at the end of the day, they are clearly meant to be.
After getting hitched, the married pair began sharing their sweetest and, naturally, funniest moments on social media. Some of our faves include Schumer’s nonchalant confirmation of their marriage, the couple’s beautiful wedding video, their super touristy Italian honeymoon , and the way they commemorated their two-month anniversary … with a sandwich.
And we dare fans not to audibly “aww” whenever Schumer gushes over her man during interviews. “He’s really proud of me,” she told E! News. “The best part [of being married] is just having a partner and being like ‘I got a team.’ It was just me and [my dog] Tatiana and now it’s cool, you got someone to go through life with together that you love and you want to be partnered up with.”
Seriously, these two are total #RelationshipGoals.
Certain celebrity couples are so on-again-off-again that it’s pretty clear they can’t live without one another—even if they drive each other crazy. Whether it’s romance, co-dependence, or pure drama, some stars can’t stay away for long. These celebrity couples are addicted to one another…for better or for worse. 6:42 ples That Are Totally Addicted To Each Other
Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth
Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth met while filming
Nymphomaniac (2012). In June 2015, the couple got into a massive, disturbing fight while LaBeouf was visiting Goth in Germany where she was filming The Cure for Wellness (2017). Their clash was caught on camera by bystanders who intervened in the incident.
“I don’t want to touch a woman, I don’t want to hit a woman, but I’m being pushed,” LaBeouf is heard telling two locals who swoop in to help. He then approaches Goth and asks for his backpack, telling her, “I don’t wanna touch you. I don’t wanna be aggressive. This is the kind of s**t that makes a person abusive.” He then tells the men who pick him up, “If I’d have stayed there, I would’ve killed her.”
The couple wasn’t seen together for a while after that but did reunite in early 2016. LaBeouf told Variety in September 2016 that booze had played a role in his relationship troubles. “I got a Napoleonic complex,” he said. “I start drinking and I feel smaller than I am, and I get louder than I should. It’s just not for me, dude.”
About a month later, LaBeouf and Goth tied the knot in Las Vegas (though the chapel later stated it wasn’t a legal marriage, but a commitment ceremony), and at the time of this writing, it seems they can’t be happier. “That’s one thing that’s not been a f**k-up. It’s been the best thing I ever did for myself,” he told Sway in the Morning in November 2016. “I’m a serial monogamist. I think it’s ’cause I’m deeply insecure…I think I was after something real substantial this time. I really have never met anybody like this person.”
Emma Roberts and Evan Peters
Emma Roberts and Evan Peters’ relationship has been a rollercoaster of on-again-off-again engagements and even alleged domestic violence, but they just can’t quit each other. The stars met on the set of Adult World (2013) and made their public debut as a couple in January 2013. Unfortunately, the bliss was short-lived. Six months later, in July 2013, Roberts was
Unfortunately, the bliss was short-lived. Six months later, in July 2013, Roberts was
arrested for domestic violence after she and Peters had a fight in a hotel in Montreal. Cops arrived to find Peters sporting a bloody nose and a bite mark. Sources close to Roberts told TMZ both partners were hitting one another, but only Roberts was arrested because only Peters had visible injuries. He declined to press charges.
“Emma is very dramatic,” a source told Us Weekly. “[She gets] wound up…When they are good, they are crazy in love.” A second source said, “Their romance is pretty extreme. They just behave in a way that’s very passionate.”
In December 2013, the pair got engaged. They called it off in June 2015, got back together less than three months later, then
broke up again in May 2016, after which she
briefly dated actor Christopher Hines. Peters and Roberts reunited once more in September 2016, and by November 2016, sources confirmed to Us Weekly that the pair was engaged again…for now.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber went public with their drama-filled romance in February 2011 at the Vanity Fair Oscar party . In November 2012, the couple split up for the first time after Bieber allegedly got a little too close with supermodels Barbara Palvin and Miranda Kerr while performing in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. (Both stunners denied hooking up with the “Beauty and a Beat” singer, even though Gomez
lashed out subtly on Twitter about Palvin.)
It wasn’t the end. The Mirror reported Bieber and Gomez continued an on-again-off-again romance for more than a year after their initial split, with each dating other people in between.
In January 2014, Gomez canceled her tour and secretly went to rehab, only to leave after just two weeks. She was soon after photographed with Bieber riding Segways, though a source told Radar Online , “Selena came to understand just what a bad influence Justin had been on her life. Their relationship left her broken-hearted.” The couple was seen together sporadically throughout the next year.
Bieber opened up about the stormy relationship in the September 2015 issue of
Complex. “We were so in love. Nothing else mattered. We were all about each other,” he said. “But when it’s like that and you get your value from that, people will always disappoint you…Your full identity can’t be in that person. My identity was in her. Her identity was in me.” He added, “I moved in with my girlfriend when I was 18. Started my own life with her. It was a marriage kind of thing. Living with a girl, it was just too much at that age.”
In February 2016, Gomez bemoaned to W magazine, “I’m so exhausted. I honestly am so done. I care about his health and well-being. But I can’t do it anymore.”
That wasn’t exactly true: after Bieber went public with his brief romance with model
Sofia Richie in August 2016, Gomez lashed out at him on Instagram. He then quit the social media service, and she canceled another tour and checked into rehab again. Though her team insisted both rehab stints were due to complications from lupus, Gomez’s grandfather told The Sun, “She was under a lot of pressure from work and was worrying about Justin. The doctor told her she needed to take time out.” He added, “She loves [Bieber] but told us she doesn’t want to be with him because of his recent behavior. We’ve known Justin since he started in the industry and he was such a bright young man, but we worry for him. His family thinks Selena is a good influence on him.”
Only time will tell if this breakup sticks, but if
In Touch is to be believed, they may have already reunited. Drama, drama, drama!
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green met on the set of Hope & Faith in 2004 when the stunner was just 18 years old and Green was 30. She was convinced they were meant to be together forever.
“I didn’t know who he was from 90210, but I liked him right away,” she told the The New York Times magazine in 2009. “Everyone was around the monitor watching a scene, and Brian accidentally touched my leg. I remember literal electricity shooting through me and out me from every direction. It was like magic.” She told Elle the same year, “I had to convince him that I was slightly more responsible and well-spoken and had other things to bring to the table besides being 18.”
By November 2006, they were engaged, but they never made it down the aisle and
amicably split in February 2009. That breakup didn’t stick, and they had a surprise wedding in 2010. Fox and Green became parents to two sons, and in 2014, Fox admitted that parenting put a strain on their relationship. “You can’t live in a fantasyland and think that everything’s going to be perfect all the time,” she told Men’s Health . “You will go through phases where you’re just not getting along. You’re not communicating well. That’s going to happen, and it’s going to feel impossible to you sometimes. It might not even make sense to you sometimes. Arguments are normal. You have to be patient and sit through that and remember that this is a part of human communication and interaction.” She added, “Brian is my soulmate. I happen to believe that. He’s definitely meant to be the father of my children. That makes it easier for me to work through things.”
In September 2015, Fox filed for divorce from Green, citing “irreconcilable differences.” She listed the date of separation as June 2015, but they were still seen together all the time. Less than a year later, Fox became pregnant with their third child, and she and Green
reconciled. At the time of this writing, the pair
seemed happy as ever , so here’s hoping they can stick it out for good.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have been through it all—addiction, alleged abuse, even
mental breakdowns —and they always come back for more. Consider what the couple, who
married in 1982 , have gone through in the last year alone. In summer 2016, it was revealed that Ozzy had an ongoing affair with the family’s hairstylist, Michelle Pugh—and that she wasn’t his only mistress. He was reportedly battling sex addiction and entered rehab for the condition. Sharon kicked him out over the affair in May 2016, but the couple eventually reconciled.
Ozzy explained on Good Morning America (via Page Six), “‘And they both lived happily ever after.’ I’d like to find the person who wrote that and poke him in the eye with a burned stick,” he griped. “Some days [marriage] is good, so some days [are] terrible, some days you just drift apart for a while, but you get back on the horse, you know?”
Add to that the time Ozzy literally tried to
murder Sharon in 1989 and his ongoing struggles with substance abuse, and it’s fair to say these two may well be addicted to each other.
Kylie Jenner and Tyga
Despite countless controversies and mountains of debt, Kylie Jenner and rapper Tyga seem tethered together. They allegedly hooked up when she was 17 and split in November 2015 around Tyga’s 26th birthday because she supposedly caught him talking to other girls behind her back.
They later reunited, but in May 2016, reportedly broke up again. A source told
Entertainment Tonight , “They’ve broken up over lying, growing apart, family drama…This breakup was purely over the fact that they have outgrown each other and realized they weren’t meant to be.” The insider said, “At the end of the day, the relationship ran its course. Tyga was Kylie’s first real, true adult love and she didn’t want to let it go. She tried really hard to make it work—but she finally let it go. Kylie realizes Tyga is not the person for her.” That source also claimed the pair split up and reunited at least 10 times before the May breakup.
Despite Jenner’s rebound with rapper PartyNextDoor, and Tyga stepping out with
models, the star-crossed lovers got back together, only to split again in September 2016, just after they went on vacation for her birthday (when Tyga was supposed to appear in court, but that’s another story .) They got back together yet again in time for Jenner to throw him a surprise party for his 27th birthday in November 2016.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
Miley Cyrus met Liam Hemsworth while the pair filmed The Last Song (2010). The former Disney darling and the Aussie hunk hit it off immediately and went public in early 2010, but things got rocky. They broke up for the first time in August 2010 because they were too busy to see each other, but reunited a month later. By November 2010, they took a “time out ” to focus on their careers and be single for a while…but not for very long. By April 2011, they were back on, and in June 2012, they announced their engagement.
The dynamic duo didn’t make it down the aisle. After months of speculation, they called the whole thing off. They were separated for a wild two years of twerking until reuniting , seemingly for good, in November 2015. Cyrus earned a reputation as a hard partier when she and Hemsworth were on the rocks, but she seems to have given that up. A source told People, “Liam couldn’t handle when Miley acted nutty. Miley’s problem was that she thought Liam was boring when he complained. [Cyrus is] toning things down and acting more normal.” The insider added, “She even stopped hanging out with friends that are too wild. She is very focused on making things work with Liam…[she is] doing everything to please and make Liam happy.”
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have been together off and on for more than a decade. Their relationship began in 2006, and
Keeping Up With the Kardashians has chronicled their every move since 2007. They split for the first time in 2009 but got back together after Kardashian learned she was pregnant with their first child, son Mason.
They briefly split again in October 2009 after Disick got belligerently drunk at Kim Kardashian’s birthday party, but the new parents reunited by December 2009 when Mason was born. They broke up briefly again in June 2010, but got back together and
welcomed daughter Penelope in July 2012.
Kourtney and Disick went strong until June 2014, when she reportedly kicked him out due to his hard partying. That same month, Disick was hospitalized after a night of too much booze. The pair somehow made it work, welcoming a third child, son Reign, in December 2014.
In July 2015, Disick was busted cheating on his babies’ mama with stylist Chloe Bartoli, but by November 2016, he and Kourtney were reportedly living together once again.
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid’s relationship seems more paradise than war zone, and they can’t stay apart for too long as a result. The “Pillow Talk ” crooner and the Victoria’s Secret model split briefly in June 2016, but reunited almost immediately. A source told Us Weekly, “They broke up and got back together almost right away. Right now, it’s back on, but it could be off again in an hour. They are young and keep going back and forth. Things are testy between them.”
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner hit it off on the set of Daredevil (2003), though she was married to Scott Foley and Affleck was engaged to Jennifer Lopez at the time. The superhero clearly left a big impression on the
Alias starlet, who got googly-eyed at him in a 2003 episode of Dinner for Five . A year later, Foley and Garner had divorced, and Affleck and Lopez had called off their engagement, meaning the Daredevil co-stars were free to proceed. They married in 2005 and are parents to three children: Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel.
The couple announced their separation in 2015, but have yet to divorce. Shortly after confirming their split, Garner told Vanity Fair, “I didn’t marry the big fat movie star; I married him, and I would go back and remake that decision. I ran down the beach to him, and I would again. You can’t have these three babies and so much of what we had. He’s the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous.”
At the time of this writing, they still live together and are spotted out frequently as a twosome and with their kids, leading to speculation that they may reconcile. In summer 2016, Affleck referred to Garner as his wife on Any Given Wednesday , noting (via
E! News) that she helped him get into directing. “My wife was really instrumental and helpful in me doing a lot of that work, because I was just so focused [on it] and it was harder to balance family and all that.”
Rihanna and Drake
After hookups , collaborations , Chris Brown
feuds, and tattoos , sources close to the quasi-couple insist they’ll never be totally done with one another, though they reportedly split in October 2016 for the umpteenth time.
“She doesn’t want to be held down,” a source told Us Weekly . Another dished, “They will always be close. If they end up together, it could happen, but not now.” Insiders told E! News that RiRi and Drizzy are “seeing other people at the moment. [They’re] not exclusive anymore. They still love each other, but their schedules have gotten in the way. Anything can change between them though, for better or worse. They are still in each other’s lives.”
Seriously, can these two either get married or join a 12-step program for each other?
Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp
Rocker John Mellencamp dated one-time America’s sweetheart Meg Ryan from 2011 to 2014, and it sounds like he was much more addicted to her than she was to him—at least for a time.
He told Howard Stern (via Page Six ) in March 2016, “Oh, women hate me. I loved Meg Ryan. She hates me to death… I think it’s because I’m a child. I throw fits, I gripe, I complain. I’m moody. Every bad thing that a fella can be, that’s me.” When Stern asked if he’d made any efforts to reconcile with the actress, Mellencamp replied, “I’ve done that. She just doesn’t want anything to do with me. And I can’t blame her.”
However, by July 2017, the couple was reportedly back together, with a source telling
People, “They have a bond.”
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel married in 2012, but their road to the altar was a very bumpy one. They began dating in 2007 and
broke up in September 2009 , with sources telling E! News that they’re “always on and off.” They reunited shortly after, but all wasn’t well. In October 2010, Us Weekly claimed that one month prior, Timberlake spent a three-day weekend hooking up with actress Olivia Munn, despite reportedly being in a relationship with Biel. In March 2011, Timberlake and Biel announced another split, but by December 2011, they were engaged. They’ve been together ever since, probably because they just can’t quit each other.
Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry
Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry called it quits in March 2017 after allegedly about 10 months together, but insiders claim they never actually cut ties—and they were spotted getting cozy again in August 2017.
A source told E! News, “They have never cut communication since they broke up. They just took a break because it was the best thing for them at that time, [but they] are seeing each other again. Katy and Orlando want this to work this time, so they are working on mending their relationship. They’ve had some really good talks and have a better understanding on their needs. Time will tell at this point, but [things are] looking very positive.” The source added, “When they went out in public, they were aware that people would start speculating that they were back on, and they are OK with that. They love each other and never stopped.”
John Mayer and Katy Perry
Perry and John Mayer just couldn’t quit each other, either. In fact, a source told People that Perry’s split from Mayer “was much harder” than her breakup from Bloom, and it may be because they never actually made a clean break.
E! News reported that Mayer and Perry began dating in August 2012 and split in March 2013, reunited in June 2013, broke up in February 2014, got back together in April 2015, and called it quits seemingly for good in July 2015. However, insiders claim that if Mayer had his way, they’d be together yet again.
A source told Radar Online in July 2016, “John says he and Katy will reunite… He’s incredibly patient and has been planning this for a while. John’s just very dismissive of Orlando and how this guy pretends to have substance when he’s really nothing more than an international playboy.” The source also noted that Mayer, who once actively courted press , has kept a low profile in hopes of enchanting Perry again. “John’s virtual disappearance from the public eye has everything to do with the mind games he’s playing with Katy, who he’s still madly in love with,” the source said. “But he’s trying to keep her guessing about his personal life and he fully expects her to come running back to him when things sour with Orlando… There’s a load of unfinished business between John and Katy.”
Mayer dropped “Still Feel Like Your Man ,” in which he sings “I still keep your shampoo in my shower, in case you wanna wash your hair / And I know that you probably found yourself some more somewhere / But I do not really care, cause as long as it is there / I still feel like your man,” in February 2017. He later confirmed the track is about Perry .
Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama had an on-again-off-again relationship for six years before splitting in June 2016.
Lovato’s relationship with Valderrama may have been closely related to her addictive personality, in general. The singer revealed to
Cosmopolitan in September 2015 that all of their breakups were related to her relapsing in her eating disorders, alcoholism, and drug abuse. “People say that relapses happen before you use,” she said. “Your mind starts setting up the relapse before you take that drink or that first hit. The times we’d broken up, I had already gone to that place of, ‘Yeah, this is what’s happening.’ I didn’t realize it at the time, but I just wanted to sabotage everything around me so that I could sabotage myself.”
In November 2016, she explained to Glamour that Valderrama may well have been another of her dependencies while they were together. “Being sick was always a part of my relationship with him; I always had something wrong with me,” she said. “I needed to let go of that. It was hard to depart from somebody who saw everything, but it may be nice to start fresh with somebody. Because that person I was when I was a lot younger is not who I am today.”
It remains to be seen whether Valderrama and Lovato will reunite again, but they’re still quite friendly, even posting a cozy selfie together in June 2017, a year after their split—and two months after she broke up with MMA fighter Guillarme “Bomba” Vasconcelos.
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna—who was infamously dumped by Tyga so Tyga could date Kardashian’s sister Kylie Jenner—had a predictably dramatic romance from about January 2016 to February 2017. They each
accused the other of cheating a slew of times, and she got pregnant with their daughter Dream after only a few months of dating. The couple quickly got engaged, then split , and
fought, broke up, and made up constantly .
Even after they called off their wedding in February 2017, it seems they may have been hooking up because during Kardashian’s alleged revenge porn rant in July 2017, he
claimed to have still been sleeping with Chyna while she claimed to be single and dating other men.
Even though their relationship is reportedly over, they are still constant, if unwelcome, presences in one another’s lives. In September 2017, the pair called a truce of sorts in its custody war over Dream. TMZ reported that Kardashian wanted to cap child support payments at $10,000 per month, while Chyna wanted upwards of $50,000. They reportedly negotiated to $20,000 per month, and Chyna dropped domestic violence allegations she’d made against Kardashian. At the time of this writing, they’re still negotiating a settlement for the alleged revenge porn he posted of her. Sources told
TMZ that Chyna is asking for seven figures.
Country music’s sweetheart Carrie Underwood tied the knot with former NHL star Mike Fisher in 2010. Their wedding, held at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Georgia, seemed to mark the beginning of a storybook romance, but their marriage has proved to be anything but conventional. Here are some unique characteristics about this match.
The ‘honeymoon’ was over after they had their son
After almost five years of marriage, Underwood and Fisher welcomed a child together. Isaiah Michael was born Feb. 27, 2015, according to a tweet from the new mama.
After their bundle of joy arrived, Underwood gave an interview to E! Online . When asked if she and Fisher were still “honeymooning” years after their walk down the aisle, she didn’t pull any punches. “No!” she said with a laugh. “We have a kid. That went out the door with the poopy diapers. I think that’s when the honeymoon phase, if it hasn’t ended already, that’s when it officially ends — when you have a child.”
Underwood assured her fans there was nothing to worry about. “We’re still very much in love, a very deep love but it’s just different,” she said. “It morphs a bit.”
Whew. She had us shook for a moment!
She’s an animal lover; he’s a hunter
They say that opposites attract, and that old adage proves true for this pair. During a conference in Nashville (via The Christian Post), she revealed that their biggest difference is that she’s an animal lover and her husband is an avid hunter.
This initially caused a bit of discord in their relationship. Underwood explained that it was challenging for the pair to find common ground. She felt “passionately about animals,” while Fisher felt “more connected to God while out in the woods.” To make things even trickier, Underwood is also vegan. So what’s a girl to do?
If your answer is: slash a hole in all four tires , nice guess. But the country singer decided to compromise instead. They agreed to avoid meat from “large-scale farms” and only serve meat that Fisher had killed.
The couple has even learned to poke fun at their differences, judging by their choice of Halloween costumes. In a 2017 Instagram post, Fisher shared a picture of him dressed up as a hunter and Underwood dressed as a deer caught in his net!
They spend a lot of time apart
When they first met, Fisher was playing center for the Ottawa Senators while Underwood was busy recording music and touring the world. A year after their wedding, they were able to bridge the gap in their bi-coastal romance when the Senators traded Fisher to the Nashville Predators, where Underwood was based.
The ice hockey player was a bit disappointed that he was leaving the Senators after 11 seasons, but he soon found out the trade was done with his best interests at heart. Senators’ General Manager Bryan Murray
reportedly said , “You know Fish, I just wanted you to be with your wife.”
During an April 2013 interview with People, Underwood admitted that although they were finally based in the same state, they still spent an enormous amount of time apart. At the time of the interview, she revealed she hadn’t seen him in a week due to her long tour schedule and his busy hockey season. Despite their separation, she was determined to keep their union afloat. “You just have to commit and make it work,” she said.
In 2017, Fisher announced he was retiring after 17 seasons, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hopefully, this means these two lovebirds will be able to spend some more time together.
She would quit music if he asked her to
In case you’re still questioning Underwood’s devotion to her marriage, the singer told People her husband is her top priority and she’d ditch her music career “if Mike ever told me he needed me to quit.”
Don’t freak out: Underwood also noted that she wouldn’t be retiring anytime soon and Fisher still “completely supports” her professional ambitions.
Their first date was backstage at one of her concerts
During an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music (via Country Living), the Grammy award-winning singer recalled the first time she met Fisher. The country crooner said she wasn’t “looking for a long-distance relationship, let alone marriage,” but when her bassist, Mark Childers, wanted to introduce her to Fisher, she agreed, despite being a bit skeptical. “Let’s get a hockey guy who lives in another country. Awesome,” she joked.
Underwood suggested they meet backstage at one of her concerts, and you know what happened next? Instant fireworks!
“Hot, hot, hot,” Underwood texted Childers after meeting Fisher for the first time. The feeling was mutual. On the VH1 series, Fisher chimed in that Underwood was “more beautiful in person than on TV.”
D’aww, you guys.
She initiated their first kiss
After that fateful day backstage at her concert, it was another three months before the two would see each other again face to face. On Dec. 31, 2008, they had their first real date watching the ball drop to ring in the new year.
Underwood told Glamour (via Country Living ) that she knew Fisher wasn’t a “big PDA guy,” so she decided to make the first move to lock lips. “I figured, I’ll go in for it because he can’t leave me hanging, right?” she said. “So I made him kiss me in public.” Attagirl!
She never thought about the ‘perfect guy’ before they met
Many people have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to their future wedding day long before they’re even engaged, but Underwood is not your typical person.
In an interview with People, she confessed that she never even dreamt of her wedding day, nor did she envision “the perfect guy.”
That all changed when she met Fisher. She reportedly had to take a moment and say to herself, “Wow, so now I know what I was missing.”
She doesn’t do ‘romance’ well
Her albums are full of love songs, but in real life, Underwood admits that she’s not very romantic.
When speaking about her 2015 hit song “Heartbeat ” from her Storyteller album, Underwood said the “fairy tales and bubblegum and butterflies” that go along with love songs were not part of her “reality.” She told E! Online , “I don’t do romance very well, at least not in my music.”
She also shared that her best moments with Fisher are when they can be alone and enjoy each other’s company. “It doesn’t have to be all presents and Romeo and Juliet,” she said. “It can be simple and lovely.”
The beginning of their marriage wasn’t easy
Growing up in a family of five, you would think Underwood would be used to sharing her personal space, but since her two siblings are much older, Underwood considers herself to be an “only child,” according to an interview with Marie Claire. She thinks hanging out solo during her childhood was the catalyst for some difficult situations in her marriage.
During an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (via Hollywood Reporter ), Underwood said she initially found it hard to deal with Fisher and “all his stuff.” She added, “Now we share. We’re much better. I’m better. I’ve got the only child syndrome thing, like I don’t share my toys or my space. We’re doing well.”
“Doing well” is an understatement according to the ” Something in the Water” singer. In a 2015 interview with Cosmopolitan, Underwood said she was shocked that everyone around her was getting divorced. “They’re dropping like flies!” she said. “But [Fisher and I] are good. It helped that we were both established before we were married. Neither one of us could be like, ‘I didn’t know it would be like this!'”
Skype is the key to their happy marriage
Being thousands of miles away from her hubby at times means Underwood depends on other methods to help keep them connected. The singer opened up to Ladies Home Journal (via E! online) about how they keep their love alive when she’s busy on the road and he’s at home in Nashville.
“Communication, trust, and Skype are key,” she said.
Modern technology is cool, but after belting out tunes all over the globe, we suspect nothing beats physically being with the one you love.
Every woman dreams of a happy marriage. In spite of women’s participation in all spheres of life, they continue to be regarded primarily as the homemaker, wife and mother. How do you think who is more responsible for marriage a man or a woman?
Statistics says that more than half of marriages registered in the world are breaking down. So, we think that both partners must support their marriage. As for women, they need to be wise, patient and understanding. Any relationship is always a compromise!
Today, we would like to show you a list of 21 rules for every marriage. This is the best of the best lists that will help you keep your marriage happy. So, read and take notes!
#1. You and your husband should be committed to your relationship together.
#2. You should think openly and creatively to get the most out of your marriage.
#3. You and your partner must take care of your marriage. Do not forget that this is the foundation of every marriage!
#4. Do not forget to support each other in difficult times. You and your partner are all that you have!
#5. Surprise each other. The little things that you do everyday make your marriage stronger.
#6. There are some things that your partner will never stop doing. Be wiser and do not worry about these things.
#7. Your marriage should take first place in your life. Invest everything in your relationship and marriage!
#8. Unfortunately, not all your words can prove your love. Actions speak louder than words!
#9. Be kind and generous to your partner. Make him/her coffee in bed or a delicious dinner!
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#10. Make each day a celebration of the best of who you are and who your spouse is.
#11. Leave each moment! Be focused on your marriage and your loved one!
#12. Learn from each other to be happy and open. Learning is the foundation for growth, and growth is essential to a happy marriage.
#13. Your past mistakes will help you shape a happy future.
#14. Do not forget to take care of yourself. If you know how to make a self-care, then you are able to take care of your marriage.
#15. Relationships mature as they age and your marriage is your most important relationship. Enjoy it!
#16. You should express your love for each other on a daily basis! The most important thing for any marriage is love!
#17. Your marriage is a priority. Do not forget about it!
#18. You must change for the sake of your marriage.
#19. You need to learn to forgive. Forgiveness is a foundational asset to a happy marriage.
#20. Do things that make you happy. This is not only good for you, but for your marriage too.
#21. Never focus on the bad sides of your partner. Think about what you love about him/her. Be Happy!
We can think and to be excited by anything. Every human mind chooses the criteria which are convenient to him and uses it. Romantic movies and fantastic stories convince us that we need a mythical second half, who will complement us and we desperately need to find him and keep next to us till last breath.
Unfortunately, the reality is another, and those who already had a long-term relationship, are well aware that in the long run the so-called “second halves” no longer turns into nice half and after 10-15 years of marriage you do not know what to do with it: it is sad to divorce but to live happily together seems not possible also. Of course, I say it a bit ironically, but it’s reality.
If we realize that first of all we need to know ourselves, consciously look at life, then we will see that in general we can live alone. Then we can already live with someone, if we see how he’s a great man, despite the fact that our opinions may differ or his hobbies we do not like. So what? We all are free in own choices and the spouse cannot tell what we can do or not do.
We all know the phrase that change starts from ourselves. But do we do so? We want change, but often desire to change the other person. Unfortunately, life depends on our desires very little, and it places events’ puzzle in its way, how it is nicer to life and not ask our opinion.
In my view, the secret of a successful relationship – two conscious people. What is the conscious person? He is who sees the world as it is, and not what he wants to see; the one who knows that the world has its own order, and everything what is happening, just has to take place; one who know how to enjoy this day, no matter what is going on in his life; one that is not only grateful for what he has, but also for the opportunity to live, because he knows that life is a miracle that he does not understand. Such a person is able to see the beauty in everything what surrounds, to find positives in all circumstances, has a sense of humor.
When the two similar people meet, it is already does not matter whether they are looking at each other, or they look in one direction, they just flowing with life, every morning they are pleased that today they will spend together, hopefully – also tomorrow, and maybe even a few years. They live in the moment and feel it fully. Here is happiness – to be here and now, to feel themselves, accept themselves, to see the other, to accept the other, to feel closeness with it, while realizing that no one belong to you.
It seems so simple and certainly when we evaluate others, but most difficult is to see and understand ourselves. But exactly from ourselves we must start changes in our life, not from one who we love.
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What is the ideal partner’s age difference? Of course, we should not blindly believe in formulas – both successful and unsuccessful marriages are created both among peers, and when the man is older or younger. But have you ever wondered what the advantages and disadvantages have such marriages?
There is no clear answer in this question. Good relations in marriage can enjoy annuals partners, and those whose age difference of up to 10 years, and those whose difference between ages is more than 20 years. How partners will go along in the family depends on how they are able to meet each other’s needs: security, acceptance, respect, communication, love and caring for one another. Disagreements begin when the family starts less to communicate and leave unspeakable own wishes and together not listening what are the most important partner needs.
Peer marriage’s advantage is that both partner’s life’s experience is equal, both begin to feel physiological aging at the same time. These partners are usually grown up watching the same movies, listen to the same music, and similarly remember the most important historical events in their lives. They always can share cutest similar memories. So naturally for partners with so much in common it is easier to communicate.
Another very weighty thing is that peers partners are in the same stage of personality development and is going through the same crisis. They face the same problems at the same time: the completion of studies, job search, and challenges of establishing in the labor market, rising career, health problems, approaching old age, friends’ losses, etc. One of the pairs similar problems unite, and the others – apart. If both partners are experiencing additional stress at the same time, it can lead to no compassion and understanding of the close person.
Peer pairs biggest drawback is that they both feel equal and no one does not want to come down during the conflict. In addition, these couples sexual compatibility is not ideal.
Marriage, when the man is older than the female advantage is that a man can offer women greater emotional and material security. Already five years older partner is more mature, more seen life and more experienced. He already is able and willing to be his partner’s companion and teacher. Another woman endearing fact about older partners is that they are paid to take care of everything starting with A and ending with Z. The older man, the better he knows how to take care of and satisfy chosen younger partner.
Disadvantage of such marriage may not be that if man has achieved as high as possible walk of life or has higher material wealth, he may be more inclined to control and protect a younger woman. It may be that a young girl chose a much older husband, at the beginning of the relationship will enjoy patronizing attention, ask advice to resolve problems. But one day, a young girl will grow up into a mature woman who wants to solve problems independently, seeks career, and wants to be an equal in relationship. This woman can sicken a man constant care and guidance of what to do.
Pair, where the man is younger than the woman for about 10 years and more, the biggest advantage is sexual compatibility. It is known that women sexual activity reaches peak in 35-40 years and males 18-20 years of age. Also in this marriage, a woman will be able to meet her need for maternal care, protection and unconditional love for a man who can be a bit childish and emotionally unstable.
Woman always will care to look younger. She will more engage in sports, her outfit will be youthful. The couple’s relationship can be very romantic, warm and full of love, or can be a lot of conflicts and a lot of passion at the same time. The biggest drawback of such marriage is that the couple are likely to get gossip and condemnation of surrounding.
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It is said that these days, we are used to throw away the relationship we do not need any more just as unnecessary things. The older people are used the faulty item to repair, rather than throw away. It seems that sometimes it is enough just a few things to successfully keep the spark. Make it a habit strive for your well-being and your marriage.
Do not stop going on a date. This lesson is very old, but it always works. Then, when you stop go on a date with your spouse, a part of the magic disappears. Therefore, invite each other out on dates, regardless of whether they are spontaneous or planned – it will help you to keep the romance!
Details are not worthy of the fracas. Sometimes you irritate said words or certain actions and you want to explode in anger. But behave in this way, just think whether it worth to get anger. Sometimes are better for both to breath deep and think does the stupid annoyance really has to be a cause of anger.
The problem will not disappear without speaking. There will be a variety of silly problems in marriage that not worth your anger, but also there will be such problems that need to be expressed. Without communication, the problem can increase to such level that it would be too big to deal with it.
Perform home chores together or exchanging one another. Change the roles and share the marital obligations in that neither one of you does not become dissatisfied with the monotony.
To start and finish your day with your beloved is a luxurious life, which should not be taken as a matter of course. Unfortunately, we will never know how much time we have devoted to be together, so develop the perception that each day begins and ends with the one you love.
In the life routine spouses sometimes forget why married to each other. When it becomes difficult, it is important to remember all the best features for which you chose your beloved.
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