Breakups are hard, especially when you don’t see them coming! These celebrities thought they were getting their happily ever after, but instead they got dumped – when they weren’t expecting it. We feel for them (well, some of them) cause that’s gotta hurt. Here are 9 celebrities who were totally blindsided by breakups:
9. Nicky Hilton
Paris Hilton’s sister Nicky was reportedly blindsided when David Katzenberg ended their four-year relationship back in 2011. One of her friends told In Touch that David went to her, wanting to talk. The heiress thought that he was going to propose, but he instead broke up with her. Her friends were pretty worried about her because she ended up losing a lot of weight as a result of the breakup.
8. Michael Strahan
When Nicole Murphy – Eddie Murphy’s ex wife – decided to end her five-year engagement to Michael Strahan in 2014, she made sure to blindside the former football star by publicly announcing their breakup the same morning that he was being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. She felt that the timing of the announcement was justified because she had finally confirmed that he had been unfaithful. As they say, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!
7. Laura Dern
Before he was in a much-publicized marriage with Angelina Jolie, Billy Bob Thorton was engaged to actress Laura Dern. “I left our home to work on a movie, and while I was away, my boyfriend got married, and I’ve never heard from him again,” Laura told Talk magazine. While we’re sure that really hurt, we’re also pretty sure that she could have sought solace in how quickly Billy Bob and Angelina’s marriage ended.
6. Sarah Larson
Former cocktail waitress Sarah Larson did not see her breakup with George Clooney coming back in 2008. One minute she was living with him in L.A. and attending the Oscars and the next she was packing her bags and moving back to Las Vegas. “She thought they were getting married. Instead, she got dumped,” a friend said. “She’s really upset. Devastated.” Poor girl. She should have known better than to fall for that line from a 40 something, commitment shy bachelor.
5. Adam Levine
Sports Illustrated model Anne Vyalitsyna didn’t give Adam Levine a heads up when she dumped him. A friend of hers says that she did it this way so that it wouldn’t look like he broke up with her. Poor Adam. He didn’t take the breakup very well. “Adam’s heartbroken,” his friend told Us Weekly. “He wasn’t even fully sure they were really broken up.”
4. Minnie Driver
After hooking up on the set of Good Will Hunting, Minnie Driver found out that her relationship with Matt Damon was over when he denied having a girlfriend on The Oprah Winfrey Show. “It’s unfortunate that Matt went on Oprah,” Minnie said. “It seemed like a good forum for him to announce to the world that we were no longer together, which I found fantastically inappropriate.”
3. Britney Spears
Britney Spears and Jason Trawick claim that they mutually agreed to end their engagement, but rumor has it that she was totally blindsided by the breakup. He had been planning to dump her for months, but he wanted to do it after he negotiated her deal for the residence spot at Caesars in Las Vegas. He got a big payout as a result. Poor Britney – why can’t she find a nice, honest guy?
2. Jessica Biel
When Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel broke up in 2011, he was reportedly the one who did the dumping – and he totally took Jessica off guard! No one else was really surprised. There had been rumors of infidelity on Justin’s part for a good year before the breakup. In spite of this, they managed to work it out and were married in October 2012 and welcomed their first son Silas in April 2015, and their second son Phineas in 2020.
1. Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens was reportedly blindsided by her breakup with Zac Efron. She wasn’t expecting it because he had just given her a brand new car, an Audi S4 convertible, that matched his for her 19th birthday and then a few days later broke up with her. Sources say that Zac ended the relationship because he was ready to start dating other girls and that’s pretty much all he’s done since!