Divorce is probably the messiest process that married couples can go through after they fall out of love for each other. If there are children involved in the process, it is even harder, as they are sometimes put in the middle and forced to chose a side. Any divorce is difficult, but celebrity divorces may become even more difficult, because they are super public and costly, too. Whenever things get difficult and ugly between two people in the world of celebrities, money becomes very important. Here are some of the messiest and most expensive divorces in history that might shock you.
1. Kelsey Grammer and Camille Grammer
After having an affair with Kayte Walsh, who became Kelsey’s future wife, this divorce apparently cost him $30 million to settle.
2. Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
When things got out of control between actors Sheen and Richards, Sheen seemed to lose his mind. Richards alleged an abusive relationship and she was evicted with her children from their family home. Eventually, she got $40 million, and Sheen was supposed to pay $10 million for child support every year for the first 15 years after the divorce.
3. Michael Douglas and Diandra Luker
These two were together for 18 years before they split. Luker came out of it with $45 million for her time spent with him.
4. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s first wife Linda died of breast cancer in 1998. His next marriage ended in divorce only 6 years later. It ended in acrimony and cost him a reported $48.6 million.
5. James Cameron and Linda Hamilton
Avatar and Titanic director James Cameron said ‘I do’ five times. His marriage to Terminator leading lady, Linda Hamilton, lasted only 8 months but cost him $50 million. That must have hurt.
6. Ron Perelman and Ellen Barkin
American businessman Ronald Perelman was married to actress and producer Ellen Barkin for 6 years. The divorce cost him $60 million and an additional $20 million in jewelry.
7. Kenny Rogers and Marianne Gordon
Country singer Kenny Rogers’ third marriage ran from 1977 through 1993, and cost him $60 million. He divorced from actress Marianne Gordon, who had previously been married to Playboy producer Michael Trikilis.
8. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva
These college sweethearts split after 16 years, which became one of the most high profile splits of all times. Even over 20 years ago, the divorce meant Costner owed his ex wife a whopping $80 million! Costner went on to marry handbag designer Christine Baumgartner, and the couple has three children together.
9. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
Apparently, Cruise divorced Australian actress Nicole Kidman 72 hours before their 10th anniversary. Sad but true, and Kidman got away with $90 million afterward.
10. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
Although he is one of Hollywood’s most private actors, the public is aware that his 18 year marriage to screenwriter Melissa Mathison ended after a number of public affairs by Ford. Mathison walked away with $90 million.
11. Bruce Willis and Demi Moore
This pair divorced suddenly in 2000. Willis claims it’s because he felt that he had failed as a father and a husband. Moore got away with $90 million.
12. Madonna and Guy Ritchie
After their 8-year marriage ended in divorce, pop star Madonna had to pay between $76-92 million to her movie director former husband Guy Ritchie.
13. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
Golf star Tiger Woods’ divorce from Elin Nordegren blew up back in 2009 when there were reports of his numerous affairs. The Swedish model Elin walked away with $100 million.
14. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
The director wrote their prenup on a napkin, so Irving ended up with $100 million and bounty from Spielberg’s successful movies like Jaws and E.T.
15. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey
After 25 years of marriage and having 2 sons together, singer Neil Diamond divorced from his wife Marcia Murphey. Marcia was left with “only” $150 million.
16. Michael Jordan and Juanita Jordan
These two divorced due to “irreconcilable differences”. Jordan’s ex-wife received $168 million from their $400 million estate.
17. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
After a quarter of a century together plus an affair with a member of staff, Shriver got herself $200 million.
18. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore Gibson
After 31 years together and 7 children, Robyn Moore Gibson decided she wanted a divorce. She left him, with the highest divorce settlement Hollywood had ever seen back in 2011. She got half of his fortune, half of his film rights and will receive a cut of his Screen Actors Guild pension. Reportedly, she left with $425 million.
19. Adnan Khashoggi and Soraya Khashoggi
The Saudi businessman ended up paying a cool $874 million to his former wife.
20. Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Ecclestone
Slavica filed for divorce because of Formula One racing CEO’s “unreasonable behavior”. She ended up getting $1.2 billion in the divorce settlement.
21. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Murdoch
When these cuties divorced, Rupert agreed to give his ex-wife $1.7 billion, including £100 million in cold hard cash! Just wow!
Here’s how an artist summed up divorce in 7 illustrations.