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Top celebrities whose relationships/ marriages broke down or were threatened in 2021

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Some celebrity couples experience heartaches in the year as their relations or marriages head for the rocks

Felicia Coker

Across the globe celebrity intimate relationships are always stormy and shaky, across all seasons, no matter how old such relationships have lasted. Many are shattered just when the fans of the coupes are just beginning to hail them for making a success out of such relationships.

These heartaches have been through all ages. And this year is no different.

In the first nine years of 2021, many celebrity relationships and marriages have broken down or seriously threatened. These couples are Nigerians or foreigners. Below are some of these couples:

Those Nigerian celebrity couples affected are:

Alex Ekubo and Fancy Acholonu: actor/ model Alex Ekubo and Fancy Acholonu, his fiancé broke their engagement just three months before their long-anticipated wedding. Though, no reasons were given by the pair some gossips have it that it might not be unconnected with some ‘sexuality difference’ between the couple.  Signs of the breakup were first noticed when they unfollowed each other on social media. The pair also deleted the joint Instagram page created for their wedding which was earlier fixed for November this year

Paul Okoye and Anita Okoye: the ‘undo’ between the couple became public when Anita allegedly filed for divorce from Rudeboy on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. Before then, there were stories of problems in the marriage, which had produced three children. However, weeks later stories emerged that Paul flew into the US to reconcile with his wife as the couple is seriously working on the marriage.

Tonto Dikeh and Prince Kpokpogri: actress Tonto and new lover, politician Prince Kpokpogri broke apart just three months of dating after the rumours of cheating by Prince surfaced on social media. Tonto later blocked Prince on Instagram. After accusations and counter-accusations over who was begging who, the couple dragged the case to the Police, who is now investigating allegations of blackmails

2Baba  and Annie Idibia: Icon musician, TuBaba’s marriage with actress, Annie hit the lowest ebb when Annie when on social media to accuse the musician of cheating with Pero Adeniyi, mother of three of his children while on holiday in the US. In response, TuBaba’s siblings attacked Annie on social media accusing her of trying to destroy the musician.

 However, the tension was doused by 2Baba’s mature response when he advised the whole family to stop the madness as no one is perfect. Thereafter, he was reported to have travelled out of the country to an undisclosed location.

Outside Nigerian shores, couples who had been affected by separation in their relationships include:

Bill and Melinda Gates: Billionaires, Bill and Melinda Gates shocked the whole world on May 3, when they announced the resolve to end their 27-year –old seemingly great marriage.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the Microsoft co-founder tweeted. “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian: In another big split, Kanye and Kim announced their divorce after nearly seven years of marriage, in January.

The couple, took the decision after West’s failed presidential campaign and his ongoing battle with bipolar disorder.

They have had a difficult 2020 with many attempts to make the relationship work but had to make a decision to go separate ways.

Blair Underwood and Desiree DaCosta: the superstar couple ended their27 years of marriage in May.

The couple in a joint statement said, “After a tremendous amount of thought, prayer & work on ourselves individually & collectively, we have come to the conclusion to end our marriage that began 27 years ago. It has truly been a beautiful journey.”

They had two sons- Paris and Blake and a daughter Brielle.

Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and Nicole Pantenburg

The seven-year-old marriage of the couple ended in July 2021 that they were calling it quits after seven years of marriage. The couple, who had been together for 14 years, issued a statement: “After much thought and with great sadness, we have decided to end our marriage. We continue to care and have respect for one another and share eternal love for our daughter and her well-being. We ask for personal privacy for ourselves and our daughter as we navigate these new steps as a family.”

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson: Finally the couple “broke up” in June after a spirited attempt to patch things up. But there are rumours that the couple is seriously working on ‘making the marriage work while continue to co-parent’ despite mistrust from Khloe regarding past cheating issues.

Wendy Williams and Mike Esterman: The talk show host, Wendy and Mike, her contractor boyfriend have called off their short-lived romance. They first met on the “Date Wendy” segment on her show. Esterman said Wendy deserves to be with someone who may have more time as their schedules keep them apart. He wishes her the best as they both continue the search at their own paces and remain friends in the process.

Scooter and Yael Cohen Braun: Music mogul Scooter Braun and wife Yael Cohen Braun separated after seven years of marriage, in July, even though no divorce papers have been filed by either party. The couple, who had been married for seven years has three children.

John Mulaney and Anna Marie Tendler: the marriage between comedian John Mulaney and his artist wife, Anna Marie Tendler, ended in May after his stay in rehab late last year. The break up of the six-year-old marriage is believed to be at the instance of John as his ex-wife said, “I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage. I wish him support and success as he continues his recovery,” in an interview.

La La Anthony and Carmelo Anthony. In June the road to divorce was commenced by La La Anthony when she was reported to have filed for divorce from the NBA superstar. The couple’s shaky marriage was threatened in 2015 when they briefly separated but reconciled. Carmelo was accused of cheating on his wife.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez: the pair broke up in March after four years together. In April, the couple, on ‘Today’ show, after rumours of trying to confirmed that their engagement, announced 2019, was over and they were better off as “friends.”

“We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so,” they said to the “Today” show. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects. We wish the best for each other and each other’s children.”

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas

Superstar Ben Affleck and actress Ana de Armas broke off after nearly a year together in January because they have a different goal over childbearing. Ben, who has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner is believed not to be too keen on having more children, while Ana, in her 30s, wants children.

Xzibit and Krista Joiner: the more than 20-year-old relationship ended when Krista filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court. The couple, who had a living son after the death of another, started dating in 2001 and got married in 2014

Lindsey Buckingham and Kristen Messner:  Musician Lindsay and photographer Kristen Messner were married for more than 20 years before Kristen Messner filed for divorce in Los Angeles in June.

The couple has three children, who are aged above 17 years together.

Erica Mena and Safaree Samuels

Singer Erica Mena filed for divorce from Sarafee Samuels after less than two years of marriage in May, while being pregnant with their second child. In her divorce filing, she asked for primary physical custody of their daughter Safire, born in February 2020. They were married in October 2019.

Shayne Lamas and Nik Richie: Gossip blogger Nik Richie and actress Shayne Lamas ended their 11-year-old-relationship in May. Lamas in an interview said, “Nik and I are best friends and will continue to raise our children as a team but our marriage has been empty for years … What we once had is no longer there.”

Alice Evans and Ioan Gruffudd: the news of the Titanic actor separation from his wife of 13 years broke in January when Evans, in a since-deleted tweet on January 26 announced that Ioan told her “he is to leave his family.” Later the couple issued a joint statement: “As you can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for our family and we remain committed to our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy,”

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