Celebs who ditched their SO for someone more famous

Like us regular, non-famous folk, celebs can go through serious relationship problems. However, sometimes the stars are fully to blame for their own romantic issues — like, say, when they swap out their longtime partner for a high-profile lover with a household name. Over the years, there have been tons of celebrities who have stepped out on their significant others, not only cheating on them but also leaving them behind for A-list women. And, well, that's got to sting.

So, which rapper was exposed for cheating on his wife with a popular model and entrepreneur? Which actor left his long-time girlfriend for a former Disney Channel darling? And which singer ditched his girlfriend on Christmas Day to spend time with his ex-lover, who, we might add, is a major pop star? From Marilyn Manson to Dwyane Wade, let's explore all the celebs who broke their girlfriends' hearts after leaving them for huge stars.

Rich The Kid

By March 2018, Rich The Kid's wife, Antonette Willis, was so fed up with his alleged cheating that she blasted him online for his affairs with, like, the entire vixen lineup of Instagram, which included models Miracle Watts and India Love (via XXL). But the most surprising claim from Willis was that Rich had actually stepped out on her for social media star Blac Chyna. According to Willis, Chyna's relationship with her then-boyfriend, rapper YBN Almighty Jay, was just a cover-up for her real romance with the "Plug Walk" rapper.

Who knows if Rich ever tried to get his wife back and right his wrongs, but Willis proved she definitely wasn't bluffing about how fed up she was when she filed for divorce just days after going public with her accusations. According to TMZ, Willis requested full physical custody and joint legal custody of their two young children, as well as spousal support.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran's tumultuous four-year relationship came to a screeching halt in 2015, when the "Loyal" singer was spotted at a Lakers game alongside his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2012. Brown had reportedly left Tran at his condo in Los Angeles on Christmas Day (SMH), telling her he was only stepping out for a moment. But the jig was up when Tran discovered photos of him out with the Barbadian beauty on social media (via the Daily Mail).

The rekindled romance didn't last long though, with Brown contributing their downfall to Rihanna's hectic schedule during an interview with Australian radio program The Kyle and Jackie Show (via Us Weekly). But Tran apparently still had time for the "Poppin" crooner, so the two reconciled — that is, until 2015, when it was revealed that Brown had actually fathered a daughter behind Tran's back with her former friend.

Hey, we told you their relationship was tumultuous.

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson had been dating burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese for six years before they married in November 2005, but there'd soon be trouble in paradise. In 2006, Manson sparked a romance with actress Evan Rachel Wood, who was 18 years old at the time, after meeting at a party. Wood would later tell Rolling Stone she was instantly fascinated with the rocker, despite their 18-year age gap, and felt like pursuing a relationship with him because she "was craving danger and excitement." Manson, on the other hand, told Spin magazine (via People) that he felt trapped and "completely destroyed" in his marriage to Von Teese, and that getting married to her changed "everything." Their marriage officially ended when Von Teese filed for divorce in December 2006.

Manson and Wood then had an off-and-on relationship for four years and got engaged in January 2010 after he proposed to the TV star during his concert in Paris. But the couple would never make it to the altar because they broke up the following year. Manson later called the ill-fated relationship a "mistake" (via the Daily Mail).

Jeremy 'Prison Bae' Meeks

Jeremy "Prison Bae" Meeks might be one of the hottest men on the planet, thanks to his perfectly chiseled jawline and piercing blue eyes. So, it's no surprise that he often catches the attention of women (and perhaps men, too) all over the world. But it was a surprise when photos of Meeks were released in the summer of 2017 that allegedly showed him cheating on his wife of eight years with Topshop heiress Chloe Green.

Meeks, who shot to superstardom after his mugshot went viral in 2014, ended his marriage and filed for divorce in October 2017, just months after being spotted locking lips with Green (via TMZ). His wife would go on to say that she missed him, despite being blindsided by his infidelity, but Meeks had already moved on. Meeks and Green welcomed a son, Jayden, into the world in June 2018, after one year of dating. 

Erica Mena

Love & Hip Hop stars Erica Mena and Cyn Santana went through their ups and downs as a couple in 2013, before officially hitting rock bottom the following year. In February 2014, Mena kissed rapper Bow Wow during an appearance on 106 & Park. Although Mena maintained the lip lock was a stunt for the show, Santana felt betrayed by her girlfriend and called her out during a chat that was captured on L&HH. Mena went ballistic (go figure) and things got physical between the two, marking the end of their romance.

By the end of the year, Mena was not only in a relationship with Bow Wow but also engaged to him, telling Vibe magazine that the kiss they shared during 106 later led to them realizing their true feelings for one another. She also told the outlet that she and Santana had already broken up when she and Bow made things official, but you know how that goes.

Anyway, the wedding would never come to fruition and the two later broke up. Meanwhile, Santana has started a family with veteran rapper and L&HH alum Joe Budden, welcoming her first child in December 2017.

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade was still married to his wife and high school sweetheart, Siohvaughn Funches, when he met actress Gabrielle Union at a Super Bowl party in February 2007, as reported by Essence. Seemingly out of nowhere, he filed for separation from Funches just four months later, and, as their divorce proceedings began, so did the rumors of an affair between Wade and Union (via Yahoo! Entertainment).

In the middle of the divorce battle, Funches filed a lawsuit against the Bring It On actress, seeking $50,000 in damages from Union for behavior she said caused her and Wade's two children emotional distress. According to Funches, Union had allegedly engaged in "sexual foreplay" with Wade in front of their sons, Zaire and Zion. A judge, however, tossed out Funches' lawsuit in August 2010 — a month after Wade and Union made their first public appearance as a couple.

Union later opened up about her relationship with the NBA baller in an April 2012 interview with JET, insisting that she hadn't broken up his marriage with Funches. But she also didn't appear to be sad about the demise of the relationship either, telling the outlet (via Us Weekly), "This kind of love is a gift."

They went on to marry in a lavish ceremony in August 2014.

Tyga

Rapper Tyga had dated model Blac Chyna for around three years after meeting in 2011. The two welcomed their first and only child together, King Cairo, just over a year later, and they were engaged to be married shortly afterwards. However, he infamously ditched her in 2014 for a then-17-year-old Kylie Jenner.

What followed was a bunch of indirect jabs between the new couple and Chyna on social media, but nothing was more appalling than when the latter went and started dating Jenner's brother Rob Kardashian, in what many people suspect was revenge for the lip kit mogul stealing her man.

However, both of those relationships crashed and burned in 2017. Jenner went on to date rapper Travis Scott, and Kardashian and Chyna split after she allegedly cheated on him. 

In a shocking turn of events, Tyga and Chyna later sparked rumors that they'd gotten back together that same year, after being spotted hanging out together on multiple occasions. No word on if they'll ever really get back to where they were before, but a source did tell Hollywood Life that Chyna would always have a "soft spot" for her ex-lover.

Liam Hemsworth

Before Liam Hemsworth hooked up with Miley Cyrus, he was reportedly in a six-year relationship with his high school sweetheart, Laura Griffin. However, he allegedly left her for Cyrus in 2009, after he and the singer clicked on the set of The Last Song. They got engaged shortly afterwards. Although the moment might've been a dream come true for the former Disney star, Griffin told Celebuzz in 2012 that she was blindsided and hurt by the sudden engagement.

"Hearing your high school sweetheart — who is the same age as you — is getting married, is a shock," she explained to the outlet. "Of course it hurts seeing someone I spent so many years with moving on, especially when I learned from the media."

Hemsworth and Cyrus' relationship would end the next year. The pop star attributed their breakup to her desire to find herself, so that probably explains all that twerking, wild-child stuff she went through in 2013.

Anyway, at the time of this writing, Cyrus and Hemsworth are back on, and the celebs' relationship is stronger than ever.

Tristan Thompson

The timeline of Tristan Thompson's relationship with Khloé Kardashian is pretty fuzzy, but rumor has it that the NBA baller left his then-pregnant girlfriend, blogger and boutique owner Jordan Craig, for the reality star in August 2016. Craig was six months along when Thompson started dating Kardashian, welcoming their son that December.

About a year later, in December 2017, Kardashian and Thompson announced they were expecting a child of their own in a sweet message posted to the Good American businesswoman's Instagram page. But by April 2018, the pregnant reality star was blindsided by photos and videos that allegedly showed Thompson cheating on her with multiple women throughout the course of their relationship.

While many people might've expected Craig to chime in and ridicule Kardashian for the sad moment, she took the high road, writing on Instagram (via People), "If you respect yourself and you respect others, you would never make light of the misfortune of anyone, nor would you feel indemnified when it comes at the expense of others. Wishing peace for everyone."

Perhaps the good juju Craig put out there is why Kardashian and Thompson made it work and are still together at the time of this writing.

Justin Theroux

Before Justin Theroux snatched up Friends star Jennifer Aniston, he was in a long-term relationship with stylist Heidi Bivens. The two were together for 14 years, before splitting in 2011, and he quickly moved on to Aniston, whom he'd gotten to know during the filming of Wanderlust in 2010.

Although Aniston's rep denied they were dating in 2011, the evidence was undeniable: The celebs were spotted nearly everywhere together, and, within just a few months, rumors spread that they were already living together. By the end of 2012, Theroux and Aniston were engaged to be married.

The two tied the knot in August 2015, but the marriage would crumble just two and a half years later. According to a joint statement from Aniston's publicist (via People), their decision to split was made mutually and "lovingly" at the end of 2017, and the two are looking forward to continuing their "cherished friendship." Sources went on to tell People that distance might've played a role in their demise. Could Theroux have been busy running around with someone else? Well, that remains to be seen.