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Celebrities Reveal Why They Actually Divorced Their Partner

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When two famous people get married, they face extra pressures and burdens the rest of us can't fathom. In fact, that might be one of the factors why so many showbiz unions fail. But there are vast and unique reasons celebrity marriages end, proving relationships are just damn hard - whether you're Jennifer Aniston in Hollywood or Joe Schmoe in Kokomo.

With their relationships playing out - then fizzling out - in the glare of the spotlight, famous duos often face questions about what went wrong. While some remain tight-lipped, other celeb couples explain their breakups, discussing the matter in the press and offering fans a peek into their private lives and struggles. Holding a marriage together, no matter your status, is a challenge to which almost anyone can relate.

  • Channing Tatum And Jenna Dewan Tatum

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    Channing Tatum married Jenna Dewan in 2009, but the pair separated in 2018. In a joint statement, the couple acknowledged they still love one another, but were headed in different directions. They wrote:

    We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love each other, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision - just two best friends realizing it's time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible. We are still a family and will always be loving, dedicated parents to Everly.

  • Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner

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    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner became friends in the early 2000s, started dating in 2004, and got married a year later. In 2017, they divorced. Garner described to Vanity Fair what marriage to Affleck was like and what caused the split:

    He's the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? He's the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He's just a complicated guy. I always say, "When his sun shines on you, you feel it." But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it's cold. He can cast quite a shadow.

    Garner detailed her post-divorce life in an interview with an Australian news outlet, admitting:

    I would not have chosen this life for myself or for my kids. I would not choose to be single or be in this position. It’s something that we are working through. I haven’t been on a date, and I am not interested in dating. People want to set me up, and I am just like, "No thank you!"

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    When Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorced in 2012 after six years of marriage, the media spread rumors about the involvement of Scientology. Cruise sued a tabloid media company for defamation in 2013.

    Part of the deposition asked Cruise whether they divorced because Holmes desired to shield their daughter, Suri, from Scientology. At first, Cruise acted outraged. "There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion," he said. But when pressed, he acknowledged Holmes's wish to keep Suri from Scientology "was one of the assertions, yes."

    The court also asked Cruise whether or not the Church of Scientology branded Holmes with their scarlet letter: the title of Suppressive Person, AKA someone hostile to the Church. "That is a distortion and a simplification of the matter," Cruise replied. "I don’t want to just give an oversimplification of religious doctrine."

  • Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon


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    Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon were married for eight years before divorcing in 2016. Carey admitted she never thought the two would split, but did identify a reason for the divorce - fate:

    I never thought I would have babies with someone and then get divorced. Like, "Oh, great job. Repeat your past." But life happens. And it was supposed to happen. It’s fine. For [our kids], I wish it hadn’t happened that way. For me, it was... [singing Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams’ "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late"] "Guess it’s over. Call it a day."