How Heartbroken Celebs Got Rid Of Their Expensive Engagement Rings

August 20, 2015  |  
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Are you obligated to give the engagement ring back once it’s over? These celebrities certainly didn’t think so. They trashed, flushed and sold their rings as soon as they said, “I don’t.”

Kim Kardashian: Auctioned It Off

To be clear, Kardashian gave ex-husband Kris Humphries back the 16.21-carat center diamond engagement ring he gave her. According to Us, when their divorce was finalized, Humphries quietly auctioned it off at Christie’s for a mere $620,000, even though it was initially worth more than $2 million.

Draya Michele: Kept Rocking It

Despite the embarrassing way Orlando Scandrick announced the end of their engagement, Draya Michele was spotted still rocking her engagement ring after it was over. And she’s not the only one.

Kendra Wilkinson: Flushed It

Kendra Wilkinson says she flushed her wedding band. Given that she’d just discovered her husband’s affair with a transsexual model, it’s understandable.

Jennifer Lopez: Sent It Back To The Store

What did Jennifer Lopez do with her $1.2 million six-carat pink diamond ring after she broke off her engagement to Ben Affleck? She gave it back to him and he sent it back to the store. In 2004, Harry Winston announced that it had “reacquired” the ring and planned to auction it off privately to “serious bidders.”

Ciara: Gave It Back

Even though Future allegedly cheated, Ciara took the high road and gave him back the engagement ring, worth a reported $500K.

Erica Dixon: Went The Consignment Route

Lil Scrappy’s former fiancé put her engagement ring on consignment (before making it clear that she definitely didn’t want to get married to the rapper) in an incredibly awkward episode of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.

Gilbert Arenas: Snatched It

In an incredibly tacky move, NBA Player Gilbert Arenas “forcefully took” his former fiancée Laura Govan’s engagement ring back (and evicted her and their kids) once their engagement ended. Govan is reportedly suing him for the insult, saying he sold the ring and failed to share any profit with her. She’s also seeking an undisclosed amount of money since they were together for more than a decade on and off.

Kate Hudson: Upgraded It

Kate Hudson’s engagement ring upgrade may have been the subtle announcement that she wasn’t tying the knot with Matt Bellamy after all. Soon after Hudson was spotted out with the new sapphire ring she obtained in exchange for her diamond one, the couple announced that their would-be wedding was not happening.

Kenya Moore: Deleted It

Kenya Moore posted this photo of what looks to be a very interesting engagement ring captioned “Anything can happen in Vegas!” But when her supposed fiancé’s wife revealed that Moore had been lying about the engagement, Moore quickly took the photo down.


Mariah Carey: Kept It Because She Bought It

Nick Cannon may be rolling in dough now, but he didn’t have anything near Mariah Carey money when the two got engaged. So Carey paid most of the $2.5 million price tag. When the two eventually split, it made sense to her to keep it.

Kyle Norman: Assaulted Her With It

Jagged Edge singer Kyle Norman was arrested earlier this year for assaulting his fiancée and trying to shove her ring down her throat. What’s even crazier? They married a few months later despite the altercation.

Lara Bingle: Flushed It

When actor Sam Worthington broke off their engagement, model Lara Bingle allegedly threw her $200,000 engagement ring down the toilet — and then had to call a plumber to come fish it out. Her reps denied the story, claiming that the ring was “safe and sound” with Bingle.

Ellen Barkin: Invested It

When actress Ellen Barkin divorced former Revlon chairman Ron Perelman in 2006, she auctioned off the $20 million in jewelry he gave her — including her engagement ring and wedding band — and used the proceeds to start a film production company with her brother.

Kim Basinger: Gave It To The Dogs

Specifically, the dogs at the Performing Animal Welfare Society. That’s where Kim Basinger sent the $59,750 she obtained for auctioning off the 3.7-carat Tiffany & Co. engagement ring Alec Baldwin gave her when they divorced after seven years of marriage.

Halle Berry: Lost It

Did Halle ditch her engagement ring to announce her divorce? That is what we all thought. But Berry said that even though she lost the ring over a year ago while on vacation, she and Olivier Martinez are still going strong.

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