Celeb Marriages We Suspect Are On The Rocks

The following article includes brief references to addiction and sexual harassment allegations.

Famous or otherwise, couples who put on the happiest fronts are sometimes the ones with the shadiest, saddest, or generally most troublesome stuff going on behind closed doors. Why? A lot of well-known pairings who face problems might go out of their way to put on a united front to fight split rumors, only to have them proven true later. Of course, this isn't always the case. 

Take Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish, for example. These two faced an infidelity scandal back in 2017, when the comedian was reportedly busted on video cheating on his wife — and someone allegedly tried to extort him to keep it quiet. Soon after, Hart took to Instagram to admit his indiscretions. Appearing on "The School of Greatness" podcast in 2020, the funnyman revealed how the married pair, who celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary in August 2022, worked through this difficult time. "She came to an amazing conclusion of, 'I like the fact that we have a family, that we have a household, and I like the fact that we now got a job to do to get better. That's what you owe me. You owe me the get-better,'" Hart said. "And she held me accountable. It wasn't a walk in the park, but it was her understanding that we don't let the outside world affect our inside, and I credit her for setting that tone."

But unfortunately, the following celeb couples may have a lot to hide beneath their sunny smiles and shiny wedding rings. Here's why we suspect their marriages may be on the rocks.

Are Donald and Melania Trump headed toward divorce?

In 2017, sources cited by Us Weekly alleged that then-first lady Melania Trump — former President Donald Trump's third wife, to whom he's been married since 2005 — was deeply unhappy with both her marriage and role in the White House. "Melania does not keep hidden from everyone around her how miserable she is," an insider claimed, adding, "Melania wants as little to do with Donald as possible. She is not interested in Donald, the presidency, or anything involving him."

The Trumps denied the claims, but where there's smoke — and super-awkward, highly analyzed body language (think swatting her husband's hand away on multiple public occasions) — there might be fire. When the Trump administration was on the way out in 2020, rumors about an impending divorce abounded. "Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce," former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman alleged to the Daily Mail. While that claim didn't come to pass, the couple continued to weather divorce speculation post-White House, not to mention dealing with The Donald's various legal troubles and Melania reportedly wanting nothing to do with his 2024 run for office, per CNN.

That said, society publicist R Couri Hay previously surmised to The Times: "The likelihood is 99.99% they will stay together. I'd truly be shocked if Melania formally separated and divorced from her husband. ... She grew up in a pseudo-communist difficult life. When she married, she wanted stability, romantic stability, financial stability, and through it all the one thing still standing is that marriage."

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's untraditional marriage

Despite seemingly happy appearances (and arguably TMI reveals about their marriage), Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been plagued by divorce rumors for years. In 2015, a source told Radar, "Holding it together these past few years has been tough because their marriage has been on life support for a long time. They're exhausted from trying to maintain the façade of a happy union." The couple denied the speculation, just like they have seemingly every year before or since.

Even so, it's not all roses and sunshine for this pair. In addition to facing media storms like the infamous 2022 Oscars slap, Will admitted to The Sun in 2016 that he and his wife required lots of couples therapy to keep their marriage going. Four years later, Jada invited him onto "Red Table Talk" to discuss her alleged affair (it took place during a period of separation) with August Alsina. That same year, however, she revealed in another episode that quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic helped the married pair reconnect. Speaking with GQ in 2021, Will suggested that they don't believe in monogamy, but said of making their union work, "We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can't be a prison." 

As for people judging their untraditional partnership from the outside, he added, "The public has a narrative that is impenetrable. Once the public decides something, it's difficult to impossible to dislodge the pictures and ideas and perceptions."

Todd and Julie Chrisley are both in prison

Back in 2017, sources cited by Radar alleged that Todd and Julie Chrisley of reality show "Chrisley Knows Best" were faking their marriage to keep their fame. "Things are very different between the two of them when the cameras are not rolling. It's like night and day," an insider said, further claiming that offscreen they "can barely even tolerate each other." However, the source noted, "Todd and Julie will never split. They both need each other to keep up this image that they have the perfect family."

Adding fuel to the fire: the couple faced rumors about Todd's sexuality and alleged sexual harassment of former employees, as well as a multi-million-dollar bankruptcy case and a shocking financial crimes conviction. After facing trial in 2022, Todd and Julie were both sentenced to prison for a combined 19 years (12 for Todd, and seven for Julie). "The jury's unanimous verdict sets the record straight," prosecutors stated (via CBS News). "Todd and Julie Chrisley are career swindlers who have made a living by jumping from one fraud scheme to another, lying to banks, stiffing vendors, and evading taxes at every corner."

Ahead of beginning their sentences in January 2023 (Todd reported to Pensacola, Florida's Federal Correctional Institution, while Julie is incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky), Julie said on the "Chrisley Confessions" podcast, "No matter what the future looks like, I feel like our family will continue to strengthen and we will love on a different level. And that gives me hope."

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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake have faced infidelity scandals

Four years into their on-and-off relationship, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake briefly called it quits in 2011, before reconciling, announcing an engagement, and tying the knot by October 2012. Despite remaining hitched and happily welcoming two children, these two have also faced multiple rumors surrounding Timberlake's alleged wandering eye throughout their longtime romance (remember those Olivia Munn and Mila Kunis cheating rumors?). But in November 2019, the couple faced a headline-making scandal.  

Timberlake and his "Palmer" co-star, Alisha Wainwright, appeared to get cozy at a New Orleans bar, with photos shared by The Sun showing the two holding hands, as well as Wainwright resting her hand on Timberlake's knee. Shortly after, the singer-actor issued a statement via Instagram. "A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgement — but let me be clear — nothing happened between me and my costar. I drank too much that night and I regret my behavior," Timberlake wrote in part, adding, "I apologize to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such an embarrassing situation, and I am focused on being the best husband and father I can be."

While the two continued to quietly put on a united front, a reportedly embarrassed Biel has never publicly commented on the incident head on. However, she did gush about their relationship to Access Hollywood in 2022. "I just feel really proud of it," she said. "We've had our ups and down like everybody and I'm just really proud of it and I'm still the happiest and loving my life."

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo were rocked by cheating allegations

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo's marriage definitely hit a rough patch in September 2022, when the Maroon 5 rocker made headlines for allegedly cheating on her. Influencer Sumner Stroh had taken to TikTok to allege that she and Levine had engaged in a years-long affair, just weeks after the couple announced that they were expecting their third child. Stroh not only shared some of their supposed inappropriate exchanges, but even claimed that Levine had recently reached out to her, writing, "I'm having another baby and if it's [a] boy I really wanna name it Sumner. You OK with that?"

Levine later acknowledged on Instagram Stories that he had crossed the line but denied an affair. "I used poor judgment in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner," he wrote in part. Stroh stood by her claims though, and other women came forward with their own risqué messages allegedly sent from Levine. Prinsloo remained mum, with a source telling People, "He admitted that he went behind her back. ... She is still very upset though."

While the couple stepped out in public together soon after the scandal, it appears that Prinsloo hasn't posted about her man as much on Instagram. She still seemed a little salty about the ordeal in February 2023, when the Instagram account for the "Call Her Daddy" podcast made fun of it. She made it a point to comment "LOL" on the post.

Were Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck caught arguing on camera?

Ben Affleck's look of misery at the 2023 Grammys didn't just lead to social media memes, but also to speculation that his marriage to Jennifer Lopez was in trouble, just months after tying the knot. The biggest red flag was that they were caught on camera apparently fighting in the background of a segment. Affleck had whispered something in Lopez's ear, which caused her to jerk away from him and seemingly give a stern reply. According to the Daily Mail, a lip-reader claimed she told him, "Stop. Look more friendly. Look motivated," to which he replied, "I might." 

Regardless, fans noticed the tension, with one person commenting, "Yeahhhh every time tonight they've cut to them it ain't good." What may have made things worse was Lopez's seemingly forced attempt at damage control when she posted about the Grammys on Instagram, writing, "Always the best time with my love, my husband." Fans quickly called her out, with one person commenting, "The pictures and video I saw did not portray happiness."

Another TikTok surfaced of them allegedly arguing at the premiere afterparty for Lopez's film "Shotgun Wedding," where she looked annoyed with Affleck. Some commenters even suggested that Affleck, who's spoken openly about his struggle with alcohol addiction, had allegedly relapsed since she took a sip of a drink. However, it's worth clarifying that it's not clear whether the drink was actually his.

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Sam Asghari allegedly 'stormed out' on Britney Spears

There's been much speculation that Britney Spears' marriage to Sam Asghari is on the rocks because of their seemingly strange behavior on Instagram and in public. For example, Asghari made it clear that he isn't a fan of his wife's frequent topless social media photos despite understanding where she's coming from. He once commented on a now-deleted post, "I personally preferred she never posted these but who am I to control someone." You could say Asghari's social media has been just as frustrating for Spears. In an awkward Instagram Live he did in November 2022, Spears apparently got annoyed with Asghari putting his camera in her face, shouting, "I don't wanna jump in, I have nothing to say."

Then there are Spears' posts about marrying herself, which many see as a red flag. In her first post about it in December 2022, she explained, "I married myself ... and said IS THIS CRAZY ??? OR IS THERE SOMETHING TO IT." While the pop star pointed out she was "still married to hubby too," OK! reports that Spears shared it when she and Asghari were allegedly on the outs. 

Things seemingly took another turn in January 2023, when fans claimed to TMZ that Asghari ditched a dinner date with Spears after she allegedly "became 'manic,' yelling and talking gibberish — not another language, just unrecognizable speech." However, the couple denied the report in their own ways, and a restaurant worker claimed to Page Six, "[Asghari] only left briefly to get their car, but he did not storm out."