Famous Couples Who Surprisingly Called It Quits In 2017
Every year there are some celebrity splits we just can’t believe and this year had plenty of them; not necessarily because we thought all of these pairs should be together forever, but because, for the majority, we never thought either party would actually leave.
Click through to see the famous couples who called it quits before making it down the aisle, after just barely saying “I do” and after years of suffering in toxic marriages.
Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga
For years people have wondered what the deal is with Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga who’d been engaged for 10 years before announcing their split this November. Things got messy very quickly when it came to the matter of custody of their son, David Jr., who was born in August 2009. But in the end David was awarded temporary primary custody due to Jennifer’s busy travel schedule.
Keke Wyatt and Michael Jamar Ford
Keke Wyatt broke all of our hearts when she announced her husband of seven years had asked for a divorce while the singer was eight months pregnant and their daughter had been diagnosed with cancer. Michael attempted to explain himself in an interview with The Jasmine Brand saying, “I can no longer allow our children to live in a toxic environment and, because I love Keke, I can no longer accept toxic behavior.” Yet, he failed to explain how he came to that conclusion at such a terrible time.
Jill Scott and Mike Dobson
Jill Scott surprised us all when she married Mike Dobson out of the blue in June 2016, and we were equally surprised when just a year later she filed for divorce. The 45-year-old soul singer and her 49-year-old husband separated September 5, with Jill citing “irreconcilable differences” and “inappropriate marital conduct that such further cohabitation would be unsafe and improper” as the cause for divorce.
Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana
This past April, Janet Jackson announced she’d separated from her husband of five years after the pair welcomed a son together in January. The singer didn’t give a reason for the split, but her older brother Randy told People billionaire businessman Wissam Al Mana verbally abused Janet and made her feel like “a prisoner in her own home.”
Tyra Banks and Erik Asla
After five years of dating, Tyra and Erik split this past October. According to Page Six, the pair “were struggling to keep their relationship on track following the birth of their son.” York Banks Asla was born via surrogate in January 2016.
Tamar Braxton and Vince Herbert
While most outsiders had an inkling something was awry in Tamar and Vince’s marriage, it wasn’t until this year that the mask fully fell off. In October, Tamar filed for divorce from her husband of nine years and soon after her mother, Evelyn, alleged that Vince had been abusing her daughter throughout their marriage. Tamar didn’t public address the allegations, prompting her mother to say she’s in denial, but in an open letter on Instagram the singer admitted the couple stayed married for “face value” and “couldn’t “be more broken and further apart” than they are now.
Nispey Hussle and Lauren London
Just last month, Nipsey Hussle took to Twitter to announce he and Lauren London “had a dope relationship and made a Beautiful child” but were “deciding to separate and raise our Son together as the main priority.” The tweet has since been deleted, however, and the two keep popping up on each other’s Instagrams, suggesting this separation might not last long. The couple’s son was born in September 2016.
Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill
After Nicki and Meek Mill’s daily public displays of affection died down many assumed the couple had called it quits. And Nicki confirmed as much at the top of the year, declaring that she was going into 2017 as a single woman.
Mel B and Stephen Belafonte
Mel B and her soon-to-be ex-husband Stephen Belafonte split in December 2016, but the Spice Girl didn’t file for divorce until March 2017. On top of the tumultuous fallout between the couple which included allegations of emotional and physical abuse and extortion, Mel ruled out all possibility of reconciliation with Stephen when she had the skin where his name was tattooed on her cut out.
Evelyn Lozada and Carl Crawford
Evelyn and Carl began dating in 2013 and became engaged that same year before welcoming a son together in 2014. But three years and no wedding later, the reality TV star and major league called off their engagement in August of this year.