2019 was a big year for celebrity splits! While some couples, like Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson, seemed destined for a breakup, others like Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth shocked fans with their decision to call it quits. Read on for a roundup of some of the most surprising divorces, splits and failed relationships of the year.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth tied the knot on December 23, 2018 at her home in Nashville, Tennessee after 10 years of dating. Eight months later in August 2019, they confirmed that their marriage was over. “Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time. Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what's best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy," the singer's rep said in a statement.
Meghan King Edmonds and husband Jim Edmonds tried to make their marriage work after his sexting scandal in June, but they split after an explosive fight at their St. Louis home on October 25. In the days that followed, reports surfaced that Meghan had accused Jim of having an affair with their nanny Carly Wilson. Both Jim and Carly vehemently denied the accusations.
Wendy Williams filed for divorce from husband of 22 years Kevin Hunter in April 2019 amid reports that he had fathered a child with his alleged mistress. She was so angry that she fired him from his role as executive producer on her hit daytime show and reportedly gave him two days to move out of their house.
Jenelle Evans announced her plans to divorce husband David Eason on Instagram in November 2019. "I’ve mostly kept off social media the past few days because I’ve been focused on making some big life decisions. I’ve lived my life on camera since I was 17 years old. And a lot of it hasn’t been pretty. But it’s been my life. Like anyone else I want what’s best for my kids and I want to be happy. With time away from Teen Mom, I’ve started to look at my life differently and I know I need to make change. I’m starting that now. The kids and I have moved away from David. Nobody gets into a marriage expecting it to end but I know that’s what is best for me and for my kids. Today I’ve filed papers to start that process. I appreciate the support from everybody who has asked how I am. Me and the kids are doing great. We need some time to be together. But you’ll hear from us again soon," she wrote.
Kenya Moore shocked fans by announcing her split from husband of two years Marc Daly on September 19, 2019. "It is with profound sadness that I regret to inform my fans that I am divorcing my husband Marc Daly. Due to recent and ongoing circumstances, I can no longer continue in the marriage. My sole concern and focus is and will always be my daughter, Brooklyn, my miracle baby. She was made in love and true commitment. I ask for our privacy to be respected moving forward," Kenya, 48, said in a statement to People.
Solange Knowles and husband Alan Ferguson wed in November 2014. The singer announced they were ending their marriage five years later on November 1, 2019. "I've always tried to live in my truth no matter how ugly or full of love it is. I've also tried to carve out the space to protect my heart, and my life as it unfolds, evolves, and changes. 11 years ago I met a phenomenal man who changed every existence of my life. Early this year we separated and parted ways, (and tho it ain’t nan no body business) I find it necessary to protect the sacredness of my personal truth and to live in it fully just as I have before and will continue to do. It is unfair to not have power of your own story as you shape and mold and rewrite it yourself. A n***a ain’t perfect, but im leaning into the fear of the unknown and all the glory and power I know exist within God and the universe's grace. May all of your transitions no matter how big or small, be kind to you and filled with incredible love and light!" she wrote on Instagram.
TV personality Morgan Stewart announced she was splitting from husband Brendan Fitzpatrick after three years of marriage in August 2019. "Hi guys. I know many of you have been curious about the current status of mine and Brendan's relationship. Many of you got to know us and our story through the show, and feel connected to us, and for that, we are forever grateful. Brendan and I have spent six wonderful years together, but we have made the difficult decision to go our separate ways. I wanted to take the time to clarify that our reason for separating has nothing to do with anything other than two people who sadly grew apart, deciding what's best for themselves in the next phase of their lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the extremely heartfelt and supportive messages so many of you have sent — they have meant the world to me. I will always have a tremendous amount of love and respect for Brendan and our relationship. I hope this clears up any confusion going forward," she wrote on Instagram.
Although they never filed paperwork to make their marriage legally binding, Brody Jenner and wife Kaitlynn Carter called it quits just one year after their wedding ceremony in August 2019. Brody issued a statement about their breakup after rumors circulated online that he had been miserable in their union. "There is far too much negativity being directed at someone who I love and care about very much. I feel the need to set the story straight. Kaitlynn and I have been best friends for 6 years, and we continue to be. We, like many others before us and many after us, grew in different directions over those same 6 years," he wrote on Instagram.
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott ended their relationship in October 2019. The LipKit mogul confirmed their split while denying rumors that she was hanging out with ex Tyga again. "The Internet makes everything 100 times more dramatic than what it really is. There was no '2am date with Tyga.' You see me drop two of my friends off at a studio that he happened to be at. Travis and I are on great terms and our main focus right now is daughter Stormi. Our friendship and our daughter is priority," Kylie wrote on Instagram.
Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx kept their romance on the down low for more than six years. News of their split broke in August 2019. "Jamie and Katie have been arguing nonstop over his partying. For months he’s been promising to calm his wild ways, but nothing’s changed and she’s finally come to the conclusion that she wants to be with a guy who’s more mature and ready to settle down,” a source told In Touch.
Sarah Palin's husband Todd filed for divorce after 31 years of marriage on September 6, 2019. Todd listed the reason for divorce as "incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife," according to court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com. Sarah later revealed that she learned her marriage was over via email.
Which couple's split shocked you most in 2019? Sound off in the comments below!