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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Showbiz relationship splits we didn't see coming 

On the heels of the latest split out of Hollywood, that of Anna Faris and Chris Pratt, we take a look back at some of the other shocking celebrity splits that have rocked Tinsel Town over the years

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were married for 10 years before announcing their separation.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were married for 10 years before announcing their separation.

Can showbiz love endure in Hollywood (or even Bollywood)? These days, it seems the answer is no. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt are the latest Hollywood pairing to have called it quits. This prompts us to take a look back at some of the other shocking celebrity splits that have rocked Tinsel Town.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

They seemed like the Hollywood golden couple. She was starring in the hugely popular television show Friends, while he was a mega movie star who had been in films such as Fight Club and Meet Joe Black. After two years of dating, the couple were married on July 29, 2000. However, just five years later, they filed for divorce amid speculation that perhaps Hollywood's most eligible bachelor had been unfaithful. She has since married fellow actor Justin Theroux while Pitt moved on to another leading lady.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Not long after his split, Pitt began to date Angelina Jolie. There were rumours she was the cause of the dissolution of his marriage to Aniston. They admitted falling in love during the filming of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2004, but denied having an affair. In May 2006, she gave birth to their daughter Shiloh. In 2014, the couple finally married. However, as long as it took for them to tie the knot, it was just two years following the nuptials that Jolie announced she was filing for divorce.

Farhan Akhtar and Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar

Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar and his wife Adhuna split after 16 years of divorce. AFP Photo
Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar and his wife Adhuna split after 16 years of divorce. AFP Photo

Unions in Bollywood too have had their fair share of trouble. Looking towards Bollywood, this was another shocking split. Farhan Akhtar and Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar were together for 16 years before filing for divorce in October 2016. They dated for three years before marrying in 2000. The pair has two daughters together, were once dubbed "Bollywood’s most stylish couple" and seem to have remained pretty amicable since the break-up.

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Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Jen and Ben seemed like another Hollywood couple who would go the distance. The couple began dating in 2004 and married a year later. Throughout their 10-year partnership, they had three children. However, just one day after their 10-year anniversary, "Bennifer" announced they had separated and intended to divorce. The divorce has yet to be finalised.

Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana

Janet Jackson announced her separation from her Qatari-businessman husband three months after giving birth to their son.
Janet Jackson announced her separation from her Qatari-businessman husband three months after giving birth to their son.

While he may not be a Hollywood celebrity, this split caught a lot of people off guard. In her third marriage, it seemed she had finally found the one in the Qatari businessman. Jackson married Al Mana in 2012, and even postponed her world tour in 2016 so she could start a family with him. There were also rumours of her possibly converting to Islam. In January 2017, she gave birth the couple’s son Eissa - three months later, she announced their split.

Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh

Another shocking split in Bollywood involved two stars who seemed a bit unlikely to have a successful union from the start. She was 12 years older than him and converted to Islam before their marriage in 1991. In 1993, Singh retired from acting to settle into family life with her husband. She returned to screen in 2002’s 23rd March 1931: Shaheed and two years later, the couple divorced. The former couple were together for 13 years and together they have two children. He has since re-married fellow Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor.

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