The Most Brutal Celeb Breakups Of 2022 So Far

This article contains references to domestic violence and addiction.

As of this writing, 2022 is more than halfway over, but several celebrities already got lucky in love this year. One of the most surprising relationships was reported in July when Page Six shared that actor Bradley Cooper and political staffer Huma Abedin, who worked for Hilary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign, were an item. Fans also saw "Elvis" star Austin Butler and model Kaia Gerber make their romance official at the Met Gala this year, while Kaley Cuoco and Tom Pelphrey went Instagram official in May. And then there are all the stunning photos of Rebel Wilson, who came out as gay on Instagram this June, posing happily with her girlfriend, Ramona Arguma. 

But while some have spent 2022 finding new love and happiness, we can't forget that the year also gave us some truly heartbreaking celebrity breakups. The following stars shocked us with the news that they were heading towards splitsville, with some of them calling it quits after years and even decades of marriage. These Hollywood uncouplings have been some of the most brutal of 2022.  

Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney

In August 2022, musician Michelle Branch filed for divorce from her husband of three years, The Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney. Per People, the "All You Wanted" songstress was arrested for domestic assault after slapping her then-hubby at their Nashville, Tennesse, home. She was released on a $1,000 bond. The arrest happened on the same day that Branch posted a shocking since-deleted tweet accusing Carney of infidelity. She wrote (via NME), "Just found out my husband cheated on me ... while I was home with our 6-month-old daughter."

Branch shared the news of their separation to People, stating, "To say that I am totally devastated doesn't even come close to describing how I feel for myself and for my family. The rug has been completely pulled from underneath me and now I must figure out how to move forward. With such small children, I ask for privacy and kindness." The former couple share two children — a son named Rhys, born in August 2018, and a daughter, Willie, who was welcomed to the world in February 2022. Branch also has another daughter named Owen Isabelle from her first marriage to Teddy Landau

The two met at a Grammys party in 2015, with The Black Keys drummer helping to produce her album "Hopeless Romantic." After her divorce from Landau, Branch moved in with Carney, and the couple announced their engagement in July 2017. Two years later, they got married at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans. 

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Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard

Model Emily Ratajkowski and her husband of four years, Sebastian Bear-McClard, called it quits in July. Speaking to Page Six, a source alleged, "He cheated ... He's a serial cheater. It's gross. He's a dog." The two had only dated for a couple of weeks when they tied the knot at New York City's City Hall in February 2018, which was also a total surprise to the model's fans. The "Gone Girl" star later told Busy Phillipps on "Busy Tonight" that she and McClard had known one another for a couple of years before they got hitched.

The former couple welcomed a baby together named Slyvester Apollo Bear in March 2021. In an essay to Vogue, where she announced the news of her pregnancy, she wrote that she and McClard were not revealing the sex of their child. "We like to respond that we won't know the gender until our child is 18 and that they'll let us know then," she wrote. However, in an interview with Elle, she referred to her child as male while discussing the challenges faced by young women. "I wanted a daughter initially, but when I found out I was having a son, I was so relieved," she said.

In July 2022, People reported that Ratajkowski was planning on filing for divorce from McClard, with a source stating, "It was Em's decision. She is doing okay. She is strong and focused on her son. She loves being a mom." 

Shakira and Gerard Pique

In June 2022, the Spanish podcast "Mamarazzis" (via El Peridico) shockingly claimed that Shakira caught her longtime boyfriend and father of their two children, Gerard Pique, having an affair. As of this writing, neither the singer nor the professional soccer star had addressed the allegations. However, they did share a joint statement with Reuters that they were splitting after 11 years. It read, "We regret to confirm that we are separating. For the wellbeing of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect their privacy."

The former couple has always been relatively quiet regarding their relationship, with Shakira sharing only a few images here and there on Instagram of the two during happier times. Although they never tied the knot, they welcomed two sons – Milan, born in January 2013, and Sasha, born two years later. In 2020, the two did a joint interview with "60 Minutes" wherein they elaborated on why marriage was never on the cards for them. "To tell you the truth, marriage scares the s*** out of me," Shakira said. "I don't want him to see me as 'the wife.' I'd rather him see me as ... his lover, his girlfriend. It's like a little forbidden fruit, you know? I want to keep him on his toes." 

Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet

Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet dropped a bomb on fans when they announced they were separating in January 2022. The "Aquaman" star shared the news in a since-deleted Instagram post (via Vanity Fair), which affectionately noted, "We have all felt the squeeze and changes of these transformational times ... And so we share our Family news that we are parting ways in marriage ... We free each other to be who we are learning to become..." 

According to Pop Sugar, the pair first met in 2005 and welcomed two children — a daughter named Lola and a son who they named Nakoa-Wolf. In addition, Bonet shares a daughter, Zoe Kravitz, with her first husband, Lenny Kravtiz. But, for Momoa and Bonet, it wasn't until 2017 that they decided it was time to make things official and tie the knot.

Three years before the duo called it quits, Momoa lovingly told Esquire that Bonet was his "childhood crush." He joked, "I mean, I didn't tell her that. I didn't let her know I was a stalker until after we had the kids." To crush our hearts even more, on "The Late Late Show" he elaborated, "Ever since I was eight years old and I saw her on TV, I was like mommy, I want that one. I am like, 'I'm going to stalk you for the rest of my life, and I'm going to get you.'" Here's hoping there's some sort of reconciliation for these two. 

Florence Pugh and Zach Braff

When the couple made things official around 2019, the media couldn't stop talking about Florence Pugh's relationship with Zach Braff. The pair were criticized for their 21-year age difference, leading the "Midsommar" star to defend their relationship in an Instagram post in April 2020. "I am 24 years old. I do not need you to tell me who I should and should not love, and I would never in my life ever tell anyone who they can and cannot love," she shared. 

In the September 2022 issue of Harper's Bazaar, Pugh sadly revealed that her romance with the "Scrubs" star had crumbled beneath the intense scrutiny, and had ended earlier in the year. "We've been trying to do this separation without the world knowing because it's been a relationship that everybody has an opinion on," she said. "We just felt something like this would really do us the benefit of not having millions of people tell us how happy they are that we're not together. I automatically get a lumpy throat when I talk about it."

The exes will have to cross paths again after filming "A Good Person," which will be released in 2023. Braff directed the movie, and it stars Pugh in the lead role. "The movie that we made together genuinely was probably one of my favorite experiences," she told Harper's Bazaar. Hopefully, those positive post-breakup vibes continue for the pair. 

Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser

Alexis Bledel and her husband of eight years, Vincent Kartheiser, have always kept their marriage private. The former couple isn't like most celebs who share their lives on Instagram and the pair rarely talked about their relationship to the press. So it came as a surprise when Us Weekly reported that Kartheiser had filed for divorce from the "Gilmore Girls" actor in August.  

According to People, the two stars met on the set of "Mad Men" in 2012 and secretly wed in 2014. They kept the birth of their son a secret, and it is still unconfirmed as to what their child's name is — or indeed if the exes have any more secret kids! 

In 2014, Kartheiser did give some insight about keeping their romance out of the public eye. "It's something I realized about the most important things in my life," he told Vulture. "If I share them with the world and I open that door to their fuming anger that they need to get out or their adoration that they want to flaunt, it lessens it. It cheapens it; it weakens it. And it's magical, love, and all of that is ... profoundly spiritual, and it just doesn't feel right." 

Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey

After going Instagram official in January 2021, "Black Panther" actor Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey, the daughter of Steve Harvey, couldn't stop flaunting their relationship on social media. From going on tropical vacations to shouting each other out on their birthdays and celebrating their first anniversary as a couple, fans loved their newfound romance. 

In September 2021, Lori gushed about her relationship with the actor to the ladies on "The Real." "We just really balance each other," she shared. "I really do believe in the statement when they say, 'When you know, you know.' And I think that really applies to our situation, and we have a really good time together." While interviewing her father for Paper Magazine in February 2022, Jordan was asked if he loved Lori. The actor admitted, "Oh, man. I do. For sure." 

So, it came as a complete shock when the duo called it quits in June 2022, just three months after they made their red carpet debut as a couple at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, per People. As to why they broke up, a source suggested to ET, "They were at different stages in their lives ... The two of them are trying to move on, but they're both heartbroken and upset." Jordan and Harvey have since taken down all photos of one another on their Instagram accounts.

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson first sparked dating rumors a month after her "Saturday Night Live" appearance in October 2021, where she shared a kiss with the comedian during a skit. Then, in February 2022, the comedian let the cat out of the bag that the reality star was his girlfriend during an interview with People. By March, Kardashian had made it Instagram official after posting multiple photos with the actor.

The couple made several red carpet appearances together, including the White House Correspondent's Dinner in April and the Met Gala in May, where Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe's famous "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" dress. Although they had a 13-year age difference between them and Kardashian's ex-husband Kanye West constantly bashed Davidson on social media, the couple appeared enamored with one another. The "SNL" alum even went as far as getting four tattoos dedicated to the reality star while they were together. 

E! News reported that the couple called it quits in August after nine months of dating. According to Page Six, Kardashian, who shares four children with West, split from Davidson after feeling burnt out by the relationship. "Pete is 28 and Kim is 41 — they are just in very different places at the moment," an insider told the outlet. Meanwhile, Us Weekly reported that their split was amicable, with a source adding, "They had a lot of fun together and they can look back with fond memories."

Steve and Sheree Burton

In March 2022, the end of former "General Hospital" star Steve Burton's marriage played out like an episode of the beloved soap opera in which he once starred. The actor revealed that he and his wife of 23 years, Sheree Burton, were separating after learning that she was pregnant with another man's child. The former couple have three children together. The actor issued a statement on his Instagram that read (via People), "I wanted to clear something up. Sheree and I are separated. She recently announced that she's expecting her 4th child. The child is not mine. We are still co-parenting our three beautiful kids. We would appreciate privacy at this time. Much luv, Steve."

Before he announced the news that his wife was carrying another man's baby, a "General Hospital" fan blog shared a photo of Sheree holding her baby bump after she posted it on her Instagram Stories feed. She captioned it, "Life sure is full of surprises!" According to Us Weekly, Steve filed for divorce in July, citing "irreconcilable differences," and marked the date of separation as March 1st.

As of this writing, Sheree has not acknowledged her ex-husband's announcement or who the father of her fourth child may be. 

Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz

Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz had a tumultuous marriage on Bravo's reality show "Vanderpump Rules." Infidelity issues on Schwartz's part plagued the couple, but they eventually wed in 2016 with the show's star, Lisa Vanderpump as their officiant. Three years later, fans learned that the couple did not file their marital paperwork correctly. The two subsequently enjoyed a second wedding in Las Vegas, where they finally and officially became husband and wife.

In March 2022, the couple ended their marriage with Maloney announcing their separation in a lengthy Instagram post. She wrote, "I never thought I would have to make an announcement like this. But I feel it's important that I'm open about my life with you. After 12 years on an adventure through life together Tom and I are ending our marriage." Schwartz also shared a statement about the split on his Instagram account, writing, "Well, this sucks. How am I supposed to capture 12 years of love in a ... canned Instagram caption ... I'm not quite ready to use the 'D' word bc it's too painful. Yes, my heart aches but I'll be ok."

People reported that Maloney filed for divorce a week after announcing their separation. Despite their split, Schwartz shared with ET that he and his ex-wife are on good terms. "I think we might be some of the best divorcees ever," he said. "We still have an incredible friendship."

Lisa and Lenny Hochstein

In December 2021, "The Real Housewives of Miami" was revived on Peacock, with the show welcoming back members of its original cast, including Lisa and Lenny Hochstein. However, in May, the plastic surgeon announced to Page Six that he and his wife had ended their marriage. "Lisa and I are getting divorced. A few weeks ago, I denied this because I am trying my best to protect my family during this process," he shared.

Despite making the difficult decision to end his marriage, Page Six reported that Lenny had already moved on with model Katharina Mazepa. However, he denied that his new relationship was the cause of their split and shared that he and Lisa had been talking about getting a divorce in recent years. Lisa suggested otherwise, telling the outlet, "I'm blindsided by his behavior and reckless handling of the situation."

The pair had experienced problems within their marriage in the past, including Lisa's struggle to have children, which fans watched in earlier seasons. The former couple has since welcomed two children via surrogate. However, she revealed in the Season 4 revival that their struggles had led to a brief separation during that time with Lenny having an "emotional affair" with another woman. In Part 2 of the Season 4 reunion, Lisa opened up about having worked through their marital issues, telling Andy Cohen, "Thank God we came back together and thank God we have been working on our relationship. Lenny is tough." 

Emma Roberts and Garrett Hedlund

The year 2022 didn't start as Emma Roberts and Garrett Hedlund would have probably imagined when they announced their split after almost three years together. The couple reportedly struck up a romance around March 2019 after Roberts split from her "American Horror Story" co-star Evan Peters, and by June 2020, they surprised fans with the news that Roberts was expecting

The pair welcomed a son named Rhodes in December 2020, with Hedlund excited about fatherhood. In July 2021, he waxed lyrical about being a dad to the newborn, telling Extra, "It was every day all day with mister young man. My favorite part of every day was the bedtime stories [with] me telling him stories of his grandfathers, which was wonderful for me and hopefully for him." 

Us Weekly reported that their split came amidst Hedlund's substance misuse and addiction issues, which he'd allegedly experienced for years. Roberts was said to have given her ex-partner several ultimatums before the pair amicably separated. In January 2020, Hedlund was arrested for DUI and "immediately sought treatment," per Us Weekly. Unfortunately, just a couple of weeks following his split from the "We're the Millers" star, TMZ reported that Hedlund was arrested for public intoxication in Tennessee. 

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Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus

In April 2022, Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus announced they were divorcing after almost 30 years of marriage. Miley Cyrus' mom and dad are no strangers to filing divorce documents, with the "Achy Breaky Heart" singer filing back in October 2010 but later dropping it. Three years later, Tish had also filed for divorce, but they decided to work on their marriage. Speaking about reconciling, they told ET, "We both woke up and realized we love each other and decided we want to stay together. We both went to couples therapy, something we haven't done in 22 years of being together, and it's brought us closer together and really opened up our communication in amazing ways."

Could this be the end of their marriage after having filed twice before? According to TMZ, the divorce paperwork states Tish had not lived with Billy Ray for over two years and is asking to distribute all assets equally — so, it might just be the real deal. The former couple even issued a joint statement that read, "It is after 30 years, five amazing children, and a lifetime of memories, we have decided to go our separate ways — not with sadness, but with love in our hearts."

Natasha Lyonne and Fred Armisen

"Russian Doll" actor Natasha Lyonne broke up with her boyfriend of eight years, "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen, over talks of a swimming pool. Yes, you read that correctly. The New York City native confirmed the break-up during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in April. She revealed that the two had been living together in Los Angeles, and had continued to throughout quarantine when they hit upon the apparent dealbreaker. "We love each other just about as much as two people can love each other and we're still talking all the time, but Freddy doesn't like a swimming pool," she said. "It might seem like a mundane reason for a breakup, but during that pandemic, you've got to get your laps — I'm like Burt Lancaster in 'The Swimmer.' So, I got myself a house with a pool out in Los Angeles. So that's the real scandal. I guess I finally am an actual bicoastal."

According to Us Weekly, Lyonne and Armisen were first linked in 2014, with actor Maya Rudolph introducing the two. There doesn't seem to be any love lost between the pair as the "Orange is the New Black" actor hosted her first "Saturday Night Live" a month after their split, with Armisen joining his ex on stage alongside Rudolph. In her opening monologue, Lyonne joked, "You know, Freddie and I, we dated for seven years. Yeah, we're the only couple who had a sex tape nobody wanted to buy."