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A-List To Bankrupt: The Most Expensive Toxic Celebrity Divorces Ever

Darren April 11, 2023

Christie Brinkley & Peter Cook

Brinkley was one of the preeminent supermodels of her era. She married Hamptons-based architect Peter Cook in a lavish ceremony but scandal arose. He cheated on her after years of marriage with his 19-year-old assistant. Then they had one of the nastiest divorce battles on this list with rude emails and court battles (via CBS News).

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The supermodel made this statement after they finally settled. She said: “I had a prenup, a confidentiality agreement, and a ‘civility clause’ that all cost a lot of money, but were ignored and useless against the extended character assignation and extortion attempts I have endured.


Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan

Tatum and Dewan had a 10-year relationship but that came crashing down around them. This shocked many people because it seemed that everything was perfect in their world. In the end, one of Hollywood’s most beautiful couples didn’t last. They quickly agreed on a custody settlement but the financial side was more difficult.

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Tatum told Entertainment Tonight that their marriage changed after they became parents. He said: “Relationships are hard for me. Even though I am a bit of a monogamist. In business, I have no real fear of anything being destroyed. But heart things, when it comes to people I love, I have a really hard time. I end up trying too hard, you know?”

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Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman

A former Scientologist claimed that the controversial church influenced Cruise to divorce Kidman. They were one of the most popular couples of the ’90s and even starred in a movie together. But this story had a sad ending and became one of the most highly publicized celebrity divorces ever (via Us Magazine).

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However, it was a joyous moment for Kidman when they finally signed terms. She raised her arms to the heavens in relief after she stepped out of the attorney’s office. Later, Kidman said that it was a mistake to marry when she was so young. She said that she was looking for protection in a vicious industry.

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Charlie Sheen & Denise Richards

It looked like Sheen met his match when he married Richards. The Wild Things star was one of the most popular actresses in the U.S. as well as a major sex symbol. But she couldn’t handle his drug abuse and cheating. In the end, she divorced him when she was six months pregnant and accepted $80,000 monthly in support.

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Despite everything, Richards wants their children to respect him “Even though he’s Charlie Sheen, that is still, to them, their dad,” Richards explained. “I never talk badly about him and I want him to be part of their lives because I met a lot of the women that Charlie entertained and a lot of them had father-daughter issues. And I do not want that to be our girls (via Page Six).”

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Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

Kardashian’s third marriage came to a brutal end in 2022 after a well-publicized spat with her husband. Once again, she was canny enough to include a prenuptial agreement in their nuptials. This meant that the pair retained the bulk of their fortunes. However, the court ruling forced West to pay $200,000 per month in child support.


The hip hop icon resented Kardashian because she allegedly prevented him from attending their children’s birthday parties. They agreed to co-parent but the children stayed with her. Nonetheless, it brought an end to one of the most dramatic celebrity divorces ever. This one was always going to end in tears but it came crashing down quickly (via The Guardian).

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Bill Gates & Melinda French

There’s no denying that Gates and French had one of the most complicated celebrity divorces ever. That’s because the pair shared personal fortunes of almost $150 billion. It’s a staggering amount of money that’s beyond the comprehension of most ordinary people. In the end, French walked away with about $76 billion.

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However, Gates won’t pay spousal support to his ex-wife unlike many of the former husbands on this list. Despite the breakdown in their relationship they vowed to maintain the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They’ve donated billions of dollars in charitable funds and feel that is still important (via Forbes).