As the coronavirus has spread, and we’ve all been forced into various forms of quarantine, this spring has been a stressful time for everyone. For some of us, it means we’ve spent way too much time alone (hi), but for those in relationships, it’s been an intense few months of ~quality time~ together. I’m sure this has brought some couples closer together, but not every relationship is meant to survive, and quarantine szn has turned into breakup szn.
Several high-profile celebrity couples have called it quits since mid-March, when things really got real with Miss Rona, and the details are fascinating. From out-of-nowhere divorces to couples that seemed like a ticking time bomb, here are all the celeb couples that have broken up during quarantine.
Mary-Kate Olsen & Olivier Sarkozy
I won’t pretend to be sad about this relationship ending, because it always felt a little weird. But I was surprised by last week’s sudden revelation that Mary-Kate wants a divorce. I say “wants” because for the time being, the New York courts aren’t accepting new divorce filings, and her request for an emergency divorce was denied. According to new sources, one of the major issues in their marriage was that Mary-Kate wants to have kids, and Olivier isn’t interested in having any more. Now, he’s trying to terminate the lease on their main apartment together, and it seems like things will probably be ugly between these two for a while.
Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler
Am I the only one who feels like this happened six years ago already? As we all know by now, Kristin and Jay announced their decision to divorce last month, and they’ve already settled their disputes surrounding custody of their children, and whether Kristin is allowed to buy a gigantic house (answer key: joint custody, and yes). With allegations of misconduct, this seemed like it would be dramatic at the jump, but things seem to have worked out okay for now.
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Surprisingly, Kristin announced this week that after three seasons, she won’t be continuing with her reality show Very Cavallari. Honestly, the show is okay at best, so this isn’t a great loss, but I wasn’t expecting it. If anything, I thought Kristin would use the show, which has previously focused a lot on her home life with Jay, as a way to launch her new chapter as a single woman. But it’s important to note that this decision would potentially clear a path for Kristin to return to The Hills in the future. Much to consider!
Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
It’s been a long road for these two, but it seems that they may finally be done for good. They started dating way back in 2004 (when she was just 18), and eventually got married in 2010. After having two kids, Megan filed for divorce in 2015, but they got back together and had a third child the following year. Fast forward to 2020, and they’re officially separated again. After Megan was seen hanging out with Machine Gun Kelly and Brian posted the bizarre butterfly Instagram above, he confirmed their separation on his podcast. Thankfully, he said he and Megan are on good terms, and will still go on trips and spend time together with their kids. I’m glad they’re in a good place for co-parenting, but it looks like it’s finally the end of the line for their relationship.
Cara Delevingne & Ashley Benson
Out of all the breakups on this list, this one hit hardest. Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Cara and Ashley had split after roughly two years of dating. It seemed like they went through a lot together—they even bought a sex bench! While neither of them gave any details, things seemed pretty final when Ashley was recently spotted kissing G-Eazy. Sad, but I would kiss G-Eazy too. In her first public comment on the whole situation, Cara posted an Instagram story asking people to stop coming for Ashley, and saying that only the two of them know the truth. Ashley reshared the story, so whatever happened here, at least it seems like they don’t hate each other.
Stacey Dash & Jeffrey Marty
I loved Stacey Dash in Clueless, but times have changed. These days, she’s mostly known for her questionable political views and messy personal life, and she announced last month that her fourth marriage was coming to an end. Dash and Jeffrey Marty got married in April 2018, just TEN DAYS after meeting for the first time. I’m sorry, but nothing good has ever come of getting married that quickly. Their relationship has been rocky, and last year, Stacey called the cops, alleging Jeffrey tried to choke her. But when they showed, Stacey ended up getting arrested for assaulting Jeffrey. The charges were ultimately dropped, but it seems like these two might be better off apart.
Considering that LA’s stay home order has already been extended through July, I’m sure that there will be some more Hollywood quarantine breakups in the weeks and months to come. We already have some ideas about which couples might not make it, but you never know who will be next. For a second, I was even scared that Bella Thorne and her Italian pop star boyfriend had broken up after she tweeted about being done with dating, but he’s back to commenting “would smash” on her Instagrams, so I think we’re good. It was a close call, and in times like this, these breakups can come out of nowhere.
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UPDATE: Well, we didn’t really expect that to be so simple, did we? With the court system mostly shut down due to COVID-19, Mary-Kate Olsen requested an emergency divorce filing last week, but that request has since been denied. A judge deemed that this case is “not essential,” which means Mary-Kate will have to wait a while before getting the divorce process going.
While the divorce is on hold indefinitely, the bigger question here is what will happen to the apartment. In her emergency request, Olsen said that her husband, Olivier Sarkozy, was forcing her out of their main apartment by May 18th, which I just realized is today. Now, Mary-Kate hasn’t actually been living there during quarantine, so it’s not like she’s getting thrown out on the streets, but she expressed concern that Sarkozy would destroy her personal property inside the apartment.
So with the emergency divorce not being granted, it seems like Sarkozy is pretty free to do whatever he wants for the time being. Hopefully he and Mary-Kate can work something out for the time being, because it would be pretty sh*tty for him to just like, throw away her stuff.
Earlier this week, I wrote about 10 of the messiest celebrity divorces ever. That list had everything: cheating scandals, custody disputes, and enough pettiness to last a lifetime. Well, I’m starting to think I spoke a little too soon. (Or predicted the future, depending on how you want to look at it.) On Wednesday, news broke that Mary-Kate Olsen is divorcing her husband Olivier Sarkozy, and we’re already getting a look into the legal details of their situation. In short, it sounds like a f*cking disaster.
Here’s a quick refresher, so we’re all up to speed. Mary-Kate married Olivier, who’s the half-brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2015. He’s 17 years her senior—she’s 33, and he’s 50. Olivier has two daughters from a previous marriage, both of whom are taller than Mary-Kate. That’s not important here, I just think it’s funny. Their relationship always felt a little strange, but they seemed like kind of a good match to me. We never saw any photos from their wedding, but a source famously said there were “bowls and bowls of cigarettes” at the reception, so just let your imagination run wild with that.
But fast forward five years, and things are obviously not so great anymore. On April 17th, Mary-Kate Olsen signed a summons and complaint for divorce, and those papers were then sent to the New York Supreme Court. But things quickly hit a snag, because the New York court system is not accepting divorce filings right now. In light of the pandemic, the Courts have placed a temporary “prohibition on the filing of new, non-essential matters,” which includes divorces.
But things aren’t that simple. On Wednesday, Olsen requested that she be allowed to file an emergency divorce petition, claiming that Sarkozy terminated the lease on their New York City apartment without her consent. In the request, she wrote, “This application is an emergency because my husband expects me to move out of our home on Monday, May 18, 2020 in the middle of New York City being on pause due to COVID-19.” She says in the request that she’s reached out to Sarkozy’s attorney and her landlord, asking that the lease be extended past the end of this month, and adds, “I am petrified that my husband is trying to deprive me of the home we have lived in and if he is successful, I will not only lose my home but I risk losing my personal property as well.”
In an email from May 3rd that was included with the filing, Sarkozy explained that he was terminating the lease because he is “not in a position to extend it and/or pay additional rent.” I don’t know all the details of this situation, but this makes no sense. Without even taking Olivier’s money into account, Mary-Kate Olsen has an estimated net worth of $250 million. I’m sure their apartment in Gramercy is very fancy, and it’s a tough economic time, but I feel pretty confident these two can still pay rent. To me, this sounds like a toxic game, and it’s stressing me the f*ck out.
No divorce is simple, but this apartment situation is way more complicated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It sounds like Sarkozy is currently staying somewhere else in NYC, but Mary-Kate is riding out the quarantine at their home in the Hamptons. For this reason, she says that she can’t “look for another apartment right now, let alone retrieve my separate property belongings,” adding that she is “gravely concerned my husband will dissipate, dispose of and/or secret” her belongings that are currently in the apartment. I’m glad she’s not trying to drop everything and come back to the epicenter of a pandemic, but this is a very sh*tty situation. Like, imagine being told that you have to be out of your apartment in a week, but you also can’t go there to get any of your stuff. I’m moving in four months, and I’m already panicked about packing! Truly a nightmare.
There’s one other important piece of the emergency petition that Mary-Kate Olsen filed this week. She’s requesting that her prenuptial agreement be enforced, and given that $250 million estimated net worth that I mentioned, that’s exactly what she should do. A source told Us Weekly that Mary-Kate has an “ironclad prenup”, which might be the sexiest thing I’ve ever heard. According to the source, “her business interests and fortune are protected,” which is a huge relief to hear. If she can just get this apartment fiasco sorted out, the actual divorce proceedings will be pretty straightforward. Well, they should be, but with the messiness we’re already seeing here, I imagine nothing will be simple.
So far, Mary-Kate Olsen hasn’t commented on her divorce, but given that she and her sister Ashley are pretty much the most private people on the planet, I wouldn’t expect to hear anything directly from her. But with divorce proceedings being public, we’ll know as soon as there’s an update on her emergency filing. Until then, I’ll be working on my top-secret plan to somehow get the Olsen Twins back into acting. It’ll never happen, but hey, we can dream.
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