Over the weekend, it was announced that actor Chris Pratt and comedic actress Anna Faris announced their separation after eight years of marriage. The pair were together during Pratt’s early fame days, dating before he even snatched up the role of bumbling Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. But after the show came to an end, Pratt’s career skyrocketed.
He got chiseled for his role in Guardians of the Galaxy and after the success of that film, he garnered leading man status and a lot of attention from women. Still, the couple seemed happier than ever with their life, taking care of their 4-year-old son, Jack. That’s probably why everyone was shocked when it came out that the pair were going to focus on parenting, but pump the brakes on their marriage.
“We are sad to announce we are legally separating,” they wrote in a joint statement. “We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”
We don’t know the ins and outs of their relationship or the reason for their split, but they’re not alone in being a seemingly happy couple that hit a wall after fame. See nine others who didn’t have the luck they hoped they would in making their relationships last in the spotlight.
Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee
After marrying his longtime girlfriend Aryn Drake-Lee in 2012, Williams, who obtained mainstream fame for his work on Grey’s Anatomy and his social activism, filed for divorce earlier this year. But he maintained that he didn’t just drop that relationship to date actress Minka Kelly, which was the rumor.
“I was in a relationship 13 years, 13 real years, not 5 years, not 7 years, 13 years and all of a sudden motherf–kers are writing think pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship — like the most painful experience I’ve had in my life like with a person I’ve loved with all my heart — that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute.”
But soon after saying all of this in Jay Z’s “Footnotes from 4:44,” Williams was spotted on a date with Kelly.
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton
They were the quirky but cute couple we all liked, but our admiration for their love story wasn’t enough to keep the pair together after Thicke gained fame (and the desire to mess around with other women) following all the “Blurred Lines” attention. Patton filed for divorce in 2014.
Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuels
For a majority of Nicki Minaj’s time in the spotlight, Safaree Samuels was by her side. The pair dated for more than 10 years, but once she blew up, Samuels was made to look like just the hype man and helper as opposed to Minaj’s boyfriend for the sake of her image. He said it was tough on their relationship.
“If we go out, I can’t even hold your hand, I can’t even put my arm around you,” he said while speaking to The Breakfast Club. “I’m an affectionate dude. I don’t want to have to be walking a couple steps behind you and acting like you’re not my girl. After a while that put a strain on somebody.”
Tarek and Christina El Moussa
The Flip or Flop stars said that among other things, including his cancer diagnosis, fame and the schedule that came it was a cause for their split in 2016. “I feel like if we had better communication, we would have had a better relationship,” Tarek said. “I think as time went on, as you get busier and busier. It was like overnight: businesses, TV, all these things happened overnight, then the cancer, then the cancer, and the back surgery. It just kind of started pushing us apart from each other.”
Pat and Gina Neely
For the record, Gina Neely, and those who knew her relationship, made it clear that before the hit Food Network show Down Home With the Neelys, there was marital trouble. However, the pressures of having a hit TV show seemed to make things worse, and like the El Moussas, it pushed the pair even further apart, which was ok with Gina.
“We went to therapy 12 times,” she said. “I tried to leave five times and I just didn’t have the strength but the fifth time I held on to that. It became necessary for me to find my path.”
Kevin and Torrei Hart
Torrei Hart was married to Kevin before he became the superstar he is now. The couple divorced in 2010 and during their marriage, Kevin admitted that he cheated on Torrei. An extramarital affair is reportedly what brought current wife Eniko and Kevin together. Torrei said in 2014 that she was disappointed by how much the fame had changed him during their relationship.
“I was with [Kevin] when he was selling sneakers for five dollars an hour,” she said.” I was at every show. I was at his first show where he ever did standup … I was his muse. I was there from the beginning.”
Porsha Williams and Kordell Stewart
It’s debatable whether or not joining Real Housewives of Atlanta was the best or worst decision Porsha Williams could have made. It has helped her gain fame, a radio gig and sex symbol status, but it’s also broadcast some violent episodes. Not to mention, when she and Kordell Stewart split in 2013, sources claimed that her desire to be on the show and the exposure helped to tank their marriage.
“When Kordell allowed BRAVO into his life, it went against everything he stood for,” a source said. “He is a very private person but compromised for fame-hungry Porsha.”
The Game and Tiffney Cambridge
We watched them plan for a wedding only for their plans to fall through. It seems the spoils of fame (his travels, his cheating, lack of interest in planning) eventually caused them to split.
“I was a dog. I had infidelity issues and I blew it,” he told Wendy Williams. “It’s pretty much my fault because I had a good woman. She’s a school teacher, [has a] master’s degree, mother of my children. You don’t really get it when you’re in the relationship. You get out, she kicks you to the curb and then you realize what a great woman you had.”
Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks
After splitting in 2014, the gloves were off for Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks. She wrote a song calling him out for allegedly letting fame get to his head.
“Always been mommy’s little angel … then once you blew up your head got big and you started changing,” she said in one part.
“Can’t believe all the things that you started saying,” she sang in another part, “like I’m with you for fame and your name what? What your dying to be is famous.”