The couple, who got married in a quiet ceremony in 2003, announced their separation in March 2014 on Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP website, under the heading “Conscious Uncoupling.”
What They Said: "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate. We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner. Love, Gwyneth & Chris”Paltrow faced a veritable online feeding frenzy over the use of term “consciously uncouple,” though the couple have seemingly remained friends, despite moving on to consciously coupling with other people.
After 11 years of marriage, the Food Network star and her fashion designer husband announced they were calling it quits. De Laurentiis took to her own Facebook page to make the announcement.
What They Said: "After an amicable separation since July, Todd and I have decided to end our marriage," she wrote. "Although our decision to separate comes with a great deal of sadness, our focus on the future and overwhelming desire for our family's happiness has given us the strength to move forward on separate, yet always connected paths."
As if she took a lesson from Gwyneth Paltrow’s divorce playbook, De Laurentiis also announced her divorce on her own platform and coined an equally ridiculous term: “separate, yet always connected paths.”
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston married in 2000 in a lavish Malibu wedding, but their marriage quickly became Internet fodder. Things heated up when Pitt starred opposite his future wife Angelina Jolie in 2005 film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." Turns out the speculation was right, and the couple announced their split after five years of marriage.
What They Said:In a statement released by the couple, they said, "For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any speculation reported by the tabloid media—this decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration. We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another. We ask in advance for your kindness and sensitivity in the coming months."
Despite the couple’s assurance they’d remain committed and caring friends, their acrimonious split played out in the media for years to come, proving actors are good at making believe even when announcing their divorce.
Jessica Simpson and Nick LacheyThe two beautiful pop stars turned reality TV stars proved that few celebrity marriages can survive reality TV. After three years of marriage, which included endless scrutiny, the couple released a statement in November 2005 announcing their split.
What They Said: "After three years of marriage, and careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways. This is the mutual decision of two people with an enormous amount of respect and admiration for each other. We hope that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."
Yes, couples who divorce always split because they have enormous amounts of respect and admiration for another, right?
Courteney Cox and David Arquette
When the gorgeous star of "Friends" married quirky actor David Arquette, a few of us scratched our heads and went, “Hmm.” But over the years, their quirky antics made them seem like a strange but perfect match. Sadly, nothing could have been further from the truth. The couple split after 11 years of marriage in October 2010.
What They Said: “We have agreed to a trial separation that dates back for some time. The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage. We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply.”
Is anyone else thinking that the best time to think about what you’re looking for in a partner is before you get married? Oh, those quirky actors!
Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Katy Perry referred to Russell Brand as a “magical man” when she met him, but the marriage quickly went sour. The couple split after 14 months of marriage. Though Perry didn’t initially comment on the split, Brand wasted no time releasing a short, sweet statement all on his own.
What They Said: Brand released his own statement, saying, "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends."
Since Brand’s statement sounds more like a page out of someone’s yearbook rather than a heartfelt divorce announcement, it makes sense. In an interview with Vogue Magazine, Perry revealed Brand informed her of his plans to divorce via text message and that she hasn’t spoken to him since. I’m guessing they didn’t remain friends, despite Brand’s statement.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
What They Said: Together the couple released the world’s most terse divorce announcement, which read, "Madonna and Guy Ritchie have agreed to divorce after seven and a half years of marriage."
Years later, Ritchie would say he didn’t regret the marriage, but felt their life had become a circus. Meanwhile, Madonna finally opened up about the end of their marriage, admitting that the divorce made her question if true love really existed. With those kinds of digs, it’s probably better the couple kept their announcement short and not sweet.
Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock
Actress Pamela Anderson and singer Kid Rock had a wild wedding ceremony on a yacht in St. Tropez in 2006. The bride wore a white bikini. By November of the same year, they had both filed for divorce.
What They Said: Rock didn’t have much to say, but Anderson kept it short and sweet on her own website with this divorce announcement :
Yes, it's true.
Anderson went to marry, divorce and remarry Rick Solomon. Meanwhile, Kid Rock finally opened up about his marriage to the "Baywatch" star, saying the relationship took a toll on his son. Ouch.
Heidi Klum and Seal
Who didn’t love the story of Seal meeting Heidi Klum while she was pregnant with someone else’s child and still falling in love? The "Project Runway" host and the singer seemed madly in love, even renewing their vows every year. Sadly, that wasn’t enough to keep the seven-year union together.
What They Said: The couple gave an exclusive to People magazine, saying, "While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul searching we have decided to separate.”
Klum quickly moved on to date her security guard Martin Kirsten, causing Seal to have some less than amicable words to say about his former wife. Apparently when it came to being loving, loyal and happy, these two said, “Auf Wiedersehen.”