x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Take five: high-profile marriages and break-ups

From Jay-Z and Beyonce to Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. Saul Loeb / AFP
Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. Saul Loeb / AFP

Rock fans are fretting over the future of the seminal indie-band Sonic Youth, after the group's founder Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have split after 27 years of marriage. Here are some of the music world's high-profile marriages and break-ups.

Take Five... Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

This American country superstar couple are the Nashville equivalent of Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Both performers, whose star quality lies in their sweet-as-apple-pie demeanour and a string of hits, tied the knot in 1996 and are still together.

Take Four... Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez

Judging by the press reports and her unabashed adoration of her Latin crooner husband Marc Anthony, we all thought J-Lo finally found happiness after being three times unlucky. Hence their recent divorce even took the most cynical celebrity press off guard.

Take Three... Kevin Federline and Britney Spears

A celebrity car-crash of a wedding with each humiliating episode milked by the tabloid press. Somehow Spears emerged emotionally and artistically in-check. K-Fed faded into semi-obscurity.

Take Two... Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston

Their rocky relationship was a walking anti-drug advertisement. When they married in 1992, they were considered royalty in the music business.They divorced 14 years later and managed to barely escape with their health; their respective musics careers are still in need of resuscitation.

Take One... Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Presently the most powerful celebrity couple. As well as their hits, the hip-hop mogul and R&B starlet couple continue to top the charts in terms of shared income and industry influence and are expecting their first child.