We Now Know Why These Celebs Pulled The Trigger On Their Divorces

Celebrities are just like us: they fall in love ... and then sometimes fall out of love just as quickly. When a celeb marriage goes belly up, the media often becomes fixated on what exactly went wrong. How could two people who appeared to be so happy and enamored with one another fail at keeping their romance afloat? Well, sadly, it happens. Just take a look at some of Hollywood's fan-favorite couples of yesteryear, like Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. Pretty much everyone thought they were solid until they weren't anymore. Then there's rockers Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. Three kids and more than a decade of marriage later and they were putting the kibosh on their legal union — and the world has been puzzled ever since.

With high-profile relationships, sometimes stress, pressure, media attention, and conflicting schedules can turn what's supposed to be a traditional marriage into a total disaster. Here's what we know about why these celebs pulled the trigger on their divorces.

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan grew apart

After meeting on the set of Step Up in 2006, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan were both fresh out of relationships. While the actress-dancer later told Ellen DeGeneres that she gave Tatum room to play the field, she was ready to go all-in with their relationship. After a night of hard-partying (that involved a ton of tequila), the Magic Mike star returned to Dewan's hotel room and was ready to make things official. And they lived happily ever after ... or not.

According to People, they tied the knot in Malibu, Calif. in 2009, before welcoming their daughter, Everly, four years later. By all outward appearances, their relationship was as perfect as could be. However, The Blast reports that Dewan filed for divorce six months after the couple announced they'd separated in April 2018. "There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision," the amicable exes released in a joint Twitter statement. "Just two best-friends realizing it's time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible."

Almost nine years of marriage down the drain. So, what went wrong? Apparently, Tatum had moved out of their family home several months prior to their split announcement. According to a source cited by People, "Like any marriage, they've had their ups and downs over the years but they really started to grow apart within the last year."

Kaley Cuoco couldn't deal with Ryan Sweeting's alleged addiction

A dumpster fire of epic proportions occurred when The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco fell in love with tennis star Ryan Sweeting. The duo got engaged after just six months of dating in September 2013, when Sweeting presented his sweetie with a massive 2.5 carat engagement ring (via E! News). While we were happy for the actress, even she knew she was cray-cray for rushing to the altar. "From day one I just knew immediately and it's been magic," Cuoco told Entertainment Tonight, adding, "I know that it seems a little crazy on paper, but it's what works for us." That same year, they rung in the New Year by tying the knot in a lavish ceremony in Santa Susana, Calif. The groom wore a traditional black tux while the bride donned a pink Vera Wang wedding gown. Yes, we said pink.

What could possibly go wrong for a couple that had only been dating for mere months prior to saying "I do"? Well, just about everything. After 21 months of marriage, they decided they were done. Finito. According to Us Weekly, one of the main causes of strain in their marriage was reportedly Sweeting's "personal struggles and dependency on painkillers." An insider close to the situation claimed, "She supported him, but she said he couldn't make the commitment to get sober. He'd tell her he was working on it, and instead go get wasted."

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman's small issue led to divorce

Drew Barrymore has gone through a series of bad relationships, including failed marriages with bar owner Jeremy Thomas and funnyman Tom Green, according to People. So when the actress began to quietly date and later marry actor Will Kopelman in 2012, we were rooting for them. We really were. The couple had two children together, daughters Olive and Frankie, and had settled into their lives as a happy family in the Upper East Side of New York City. Things were going splendidly for Barrymore, who was reportedly even bonding with her in-laws (via People).

Still, that unfortunately wasn't enough for their marriage to stand the test of time. After almost four years as husband and wife, Barrymore filed for divorce in 2016. A source told People that the exes had "marriage issues for a while." There was reportedly some tension over where the family of four would live, with Kopelman preferring to stay in the Big Apple and Barrymore becoming "increasingly drawn to L.A." Per Today, the actress would later tell Chelsea Handler that she felt like the "biggest failure" when her marriage came to an end. Chin up, Drew!

Did Gwen Stefani catch Gavin Rossdale in the act?

Two rockers met, fell in love, and became the blueprint on how a celebrity marriage should really play out. Well, that's what was supposed to happen between No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani and Bush's Gavin Rossdale, anyway. After 20 years as a couple, 13 years of wedded bliss, and three beautiful children, their marriage came to a screeching halt in 2015. In a statement released to E! News, the former couple revealed, "While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment." 

However, there was apparently some drama beneath the surface. The media outlet reports that Rossdale was allegedly having an affair with their former nanny, Mindy Mann. When another one of the married pair's nannies saw texts and raunchy photos between the two on one of the kids' iPads, she reportedly spilled the beans to Stefani. And apparently, that was that.

Jennifer Lopez knew right away her marriage wasn't 'right'

At this point, it's pretty clear that Jennifer Lopez is a hopeless romantic. While she even referred to herself as such in a 2011 interview with Vanity Fair, she's also come to realize when it's time to walk away from a relationship. According to People, Lopez first met Latin crooner Marc Anthony in 1998, when the latter was performing in the Broadway musical The Capeman. However, life got in the way, and they would both get married, divorced, and engaged to other people throughout the years (hello, Bennifer). By the time 2004 rolled around, they were both free to give their romance a shot and ended up getting married at Lopez's Beverly Hills, Calif. home after dating for six months.

Looking back at the start of their marriage, Lopez told W Magazine that she knew something was amiss. "I hung in there for seven years," she said in 2016. "I knew very quickly that it wasn't the right thing." By July 2011, it was announced their marriage was donezo. "This was a very difficult decision," she and Anthony wrote in a joint statement to People. "We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters."

Wendy Williams fired estranged husband Kevin Hunter

No one was necessarily shocked when Wendy Williams filed for divorce from Kevin Hunter in April 2019. There had been rumors of marital discord for years, including allegations that Hunter had fathered a child with his reported mistress, Sharina Hudson (via Entertainment Tonight).

After taking a long hiatus from her talk show, Williams returned to set in March 2019, and later revealed during an episode that she had been residing in a sober living facility. Shortly after, it was announced that Williams had called it quits on her 22-year marriage. According to a source cited by People, the talk show host was understandably ready to take back control of her life. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Hunter was then canned as executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show, was told to get out of their marital home, and the pricey Ferrari he allegedly bought for his mistress was towed right out of his life.

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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom couldn't make it work

Khloé Kardashian and former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom began dating in August 2009. According to People, they wasted absolutely no time expressing their feelings for one another and "within days, the two were joined at the hip." With their feelings of love (or maybe lust) being mutual, they infamously tied the knot on Sept. 27, 2009 — just nine days after getting engaged. "It may seem like a quickie wedding to everyone else," a source told the publication at the time. "But Khloé knows what she wants."

As their loved blossomed on episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Khloé & Lamar, there was also turmoil going on behind the scenes. By 2013, Odom was hit with a round of cheating rumors. Throw in the former basketball pro's alleged DUI arrest, substance abuse issues, and a reported stint in rehab, and no one was really surprised when Kardashian filed for divorce that December. While the reality TV star initially called the split off after Odom's near-fatal overdose at a Las Vegas brothel in October 2015, it seemed as though nothing could repair their marriage at that point. Thankfully, Odom recovered from the incident, and their divorce proceedings resumed the following year, according to E! News. That time, Kardashian stuck with her decision.

Even therapy couldn't help Jack Osbourne and Lisa Stelly

About 48 of their closest family and friends jetted off to the Kona-Kohala coast of West Hawaii to watch Jack Osbourne and Lisa Stelly say "I do" in 2012, according to People. The son of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and television personality Sharon Osbourne and his new bride began to expand their family almost immediately with daughters Pearl Clementine (born in 2012), Andy Rose (2015), and Minnie Theodora (2018). As noted by Hello!, their third child was named after their unborn son Theo, whom they sadly lost to a miscarriage in 2013. 

Even though the Mirror reports that these two lovebirds had rushed into marriage after dating for just four months, we were happy to see Osbourne's life do a complete 180 after his roller coaster teenage years. However, just three months after the birth of their youngest daughter, Stelly filed for divorce. According to the publication, "Tension had been secretly brewing between them for years." While they reportedly attended therapy sessions together, a source cited by the Mirror claimed, "There were issues they couldn't resolve."

That said, Osbourne reportedly thought he and Stelly were on the path to reconciliation. However, when he showed up at their home and came face-to-face with her new boyfriend, actor-model Michael Gabel, all heck broke loose. TMZ reports that police took a battery report, but Osbourne thankfully wasn't arrested, and the former couple's divorce was officially finalized in March 2019.

'Fear' kept Kendra Wilkinson from going the distance

Kendra Wilkinson made a name for herself as a hard-partying spitfire and one of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's many girlfriends on The Girls Next Door. However, she was soon kissing the mansion goodbye and jumping into a whirlwind romance with former football pro Hank Baskett. Soon after announcing they were expecting a baby together in June 2009, a son they would name Hank Baskett IV, she became Mrs. Hank Baskett in a wedding ceremony that took place at the Playboy Mansion, according to People. ...Then things got messy. 

When Wilkinson was eight months pregnant with daughter Alijah Mary Baskett in 2014, Baskett was on the hunt for some pot when he met a couple who gave him a number to call. He was later instructed to visit a house, and after using the restroom, was fondled by a nude transgender woman. Wilkinson flushed her wedding rings down the toilet after the scandal broke, but the two attempted to work on their relationship over the next few years.

Once the Kendra On Top star finally took the steps to end their marriage in April 2018, it wasn't easy. At the time, Wilkinson wrote in an Instagram post that "fear" had prevented her from sticking it out in her marriage for "forever." Can you blame her? According to The Blast, they finalized their divorce the following February.

Bradley Wilk ran off with another woman

Rage Against the Machine drummer Bradley Wilk's marriage with Selene Vigil-Wilk initially hit a roadblock in 2013 — but his alleged affair with actress Juliette Lewis (pictured, right) was reportedly partially to blame for it coming to an end. According to The Blast, the musician initially separated from his wife in 2013 after eight years of marriage and two children together, Luka and Alexander. Vigil-Wilk later started divorce proceedings after she discovered Wilk was reportedly cheating on her with a Las Vegas strip club worker. But the two were eventually able to reconcile — that is until Wilk asked for a divorce in December 2015. 

By the time 2016 rolled around, the drummer had gone on tour with Lewis' band, and that's where things apparently really took a turn. "I later discovered that he was having an affair with her," Vigil-Wilk wrote in divorce documents obtained by The Blast in May 2019. "In late 2016, Brad returned to Los Angeles and informed me that he wanted to set up a mediation. He said that he was moving in with Juliette Lewis."

Around that time, Wilk and Lewis were spotted strolling through New York City with their arms wrapped around each other, according People. This all but confirmed there was some truth behind this salacious rumor.

Adele and her husband were living separate lives

While Adele and Simon Konecki welcomed their son, Angelo Adkins, in 2012, the couple didn't get married until four years later — though the British hitmaker didn't spill the beans about their union until a 2017 concert in Brisbane, Australia (via People). But sadly, it just wasn't meant to be for the pair. "Adele and her partner have separated," a rep for the pop singer told the Associated Press in April 2019. "They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."

Of course, there was no need for any further comments because the rumor mill was already ablaze with conspiracy theories as to what went wrong. The most logical explanation came from a source cited by E! News, who spilled all the dirt on the situation. "They had a lot in common early on, but eventually they just grew apart," the insider claimed. "She became a bigger and bigger star, and he was okay [with] being in the background, but as she got bigger and had massive tours and intense schedules, they just grew apart." Meanwhile, another source told People that their relationship was far from traditional, claiming that Adele would reportedly spend weeks at a time in Los Angeles with their son, while "Simon always seemed to do his own thing."

Lynn Curtin filed for divorce...twice

Lynne Curtin is no longer a star on The Real Housewives of Orange County, but we're still curious to know what happened to her after the cameras stopped rolling. While most people are aware that the mom of two filed for divorce from Frank Curtin in 2012 after 22 years of marriage, that was the last we heard from her until January 2018. At the time, The Blast broke the news that a judge had thrown out her case because the Curtins "never appeared in court or responded to the divorce filing."

That all changed in April 2019, when the former reality TV star reportedly re-filed for divorce. According to TMZ, she listed the former couple's date of separation as January 2012. As of this writing, we're not entirely sure whether Lynne and Frank Curtin will go through with their divorce proceedings this time around. However, Lynne did reveal to Bravo TV that she'd "found a new love" in her life, which seemingly explains why she pulled the trigger on filing for divorce the second go-round.