Famous Couples Who Surprisingly Called It Quits In 2017

December 26, 2017  |  
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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.

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 16: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga pose backstage at the play “Eclipsed” on Broadway at The Golden Theatre on March 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

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.

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 01: Keke Wyatt and Michael Ford attend the 2016 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Woodruff Arts Center on September 1, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/WireImage)

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.

ATLANTA,GA-JANUARY 26: Jill Scott and Mike Dobson attend “The Made Man Awards 2017” at 595 North on January 26, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo By Prince Williams/Wireimage)

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.

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 25: Wissam al Mana and Janet Jackson attend the Giorgio Armani fashion show during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 25, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

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.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Model Tyra Banks (L) and photographer Erik Asla attends the August Getty Atelier Dinner at the Montage Hotel Rooftop Grill on November 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for August Getty Atelier)

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.

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 05: Singer/TV personality Tamar Braxton (R) and husband record producer Vincent Herbert attend ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 21 at CBS Televison City on October 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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.

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 25: Rapper Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on December 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

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.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Rappers Meek Mill (L) and Nicki Minaj attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)

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.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 30: Producer Stephen Belafonte (L) and recording artist Mel B attend the 2016 MAXIM Hot 100 Party at the Hollywood Palladium on July 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Karma International )

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.

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