Make ‘Em Eat Their Heart Out: Stars Who Were Back And Better After Divorce

January 10, 2017  |  
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Going through a divorce can take anyone through an emotional tailspin, but just imagine dealing with heartbreak when you’re a public figure. And while people have every right to lie low and deal with what is happening in their personal lives, some people are able to bounce back better and faster than many may expect — at least on the outside.

Just look at Brad Pitt. The actor was reportedly blindsided when Angelina Jolie filed for divorce last September following a midair clash between Pitt and the couple’s oldest child, 15-year-old Maddox. The divorce proceedings have played out publicly, so it makes sense that you haven’t seen either party out very much since. But a svelte Pitt had everyone talking when he appeared at the Golden Globes last night proving what a good haircut and well-placed facial hair can do. Everyone’s been buzzing since and many women say he’s looking pretty hot.

He’s not the first star to bounce back from a surprising split in a big way. Check out 9 stars after divorce who came back looking better than ever.

Halle Berry Olivier Martinez

Halle Berry

When Berry filed for divorce from Olivier Martinez in October 2015, her third divorce, the star came back swinging weeks after. She turned all the heads at back-to-back red carpet events in November.

Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith

Getting rid of the dead weight of a man who lied his way into a marriage with you can do wonders for a woman. After her marriage was annulled due to fraud, Tasha Smith stepped out looking fierce. The actress even celebrated the end of her marriage by traveling with bestie Tisha Campbell and other friends to Rome.

Tichina Arnold

While her split from Rico Hines was a less than pleasant one after he was caught cheating (she had sex tapes to prove it), Arnold celebrated singlehood by traveling to Anguilla and letting it all hang out — in a rhinestone thong.



When Usher filed for divorce from Tameka Foster-Raymond in 2009, it was clear that he was ready to go. The man even put out a song called “Papers” about the whole mess afterward. So it made sense that after exiting the marriage, he looked better than ever and even a bit younger.

Khloe Kardashian

Nobody has had quite as big of a post-divorce transformation like Khloe Kardashian. After initially filing for divorce in 2013 from Lamar Odom, Kardashian took her sadness and anger out at the gym. She ended up slimming down and toning up in a major way.

Jennifer Lopez

Like Berry, Jennifer Lopez’s divorce from Marc Anthony was her third, and she didn’t really bat much of an eye afterward. She hit the red carpet soon after and proceeded to serve baaaawdy.


When he was caught cheating, Kelis gave rapper Nas the boot, despite the fact that she was pregnant with their son, Knight. Afterward, Nas slimmed down, stepped up his fashion choices and ended up reminding everyone that he hasn’t truly aged. He also opened up about their split with his fantastic 2012 album, Life Is Good. 

Garcelle Beauvais

After putting her husband on blast with his co-workers and pretty much the entire world by exposing an affair he was having to his colleagues, Beauvais took her twin boys and hit the road. Soon after, she stepped out looking like the “Fancy” we all remember.

Porsha Williams

While Williams wanted to make things work with Kordell Stewart, he went behind her back and filed for divorce. Good riddance! The reality star decided to get breast implants, upgraded her makeup artist and completely flipped her wardrobe. She’s been showing everyone her cornbread-fed curves ever since.


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