Being a celebrity is tough work. However, there is one thing that is even harder than navigating the fame game; being married. Making marriage work can be hard. Keeping it together and knowing how to communicate are just some of the challenges that couples face. Add to that figuring out how to help a spouse who has a drug or alcohol problem and then it gets really tough. Substance abuse is a popular pastime in Hollywood, it is also the reason for many failed marriages. Many spouses don’t know how to help a partner who is dealing with a substance abuse issue or an addiction problem. For celebrities, it’s no different. A lot of famous couples’ relationships have ended because of unmanageable dependency issues. While we could never list all of them, here are few well known Hollywood couples who have parted ways because of substance abuse problems.
15. Robin Thicke & Paula Patton
Singer/songwriter Robin Thicke and his wife Paula Patton are going through a messy custody battle and an even messier divorce. Many people already know that Thicke was caught getting way too close to female fans in the last few years; it looks like fame may have gone to his head. In addition to Thicke’s unfaithful behaviour, he admitted that his relationship fell apart because he had an issue with drug abuse. When he told Patton about his addiction, she apparently did not want to stick it out and see him through it. This is where their relationship really began to deteriorate. Thicke admits that he was high on Vicodin and alcohol while he filmed the video for his wildly popular song “Blurred Lines”. Sounds like art imitating life here.
14. Scheana Marie & Mike Shay
These reality stars recently got divorced because of Mike Shay’s addiction to prescription pills and alcohol. It has been documented on the Bravo TV show Vanderpump Rules. Apparently, Shay has been battling a pill addiction for some time now. He managed to clean himself up just in time to marry Scheana and document their increasingly troubled relationship over the next few seasons of the hit show. Unfortunately, Scheana had enough and could no longer be married to someone who she had to watch like a hawk and treat like a child. She filed for divorce after finding out Shay had relapsed and stolen money from her savings account.
13. Rosie O’Donnell & Michelle Rounds
One would say that Rosie O’Donnell didn’t need any more bad press. Her now ex-wife Michelle Rounds wanted a divorce from O’Donnell after she found out that her spouse had a penchant for questionable behavior. Rounds wanted full custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Dax, claiming that O’Donnell did nothing but drink, smoke weed and indulge in edibles all day. According to her, the comedian apparently drinks a bottle of wine nearly every night which Rounds feels is now getting in the way of O’Donnell’s parenting. She claims she has no interest in staying married to O’Donnell. So, what is O’Donnell’s come back to all of this? Simple, Rounds is pissed off over the prenup she signed.
12. Charlize Theron & Sean Penn
It is odd to abruptly call off an engagement to someone especially through voicemail and after dating for well over a year. This is exactly what actress Charlize Theron did with her now ex-fiancé Sean Penn. Out of the blue, Theron decided she was done with Penn which came as a shock to everyone watching; they came off as a power couple yet remained low-key. Apparently, Penn was prone to violent outbursts that made him verbally abusive. If you know anything about Theron’s past, then you know abuse is something that she will never tolerate. Penn’s final outburst was supposedly to blame, well, that and the fact that he didn’t know when to stop drinking. Rumor has it that Charlize cut him off completely and was said to have “ghosted” him. However, Charlize denies this and said they break up because it wasn’t working anymore.
11. Chris Brown & Karrueche Tran
The poop has hit the fan once again for Chris Brown. His now ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, is accusing him of being malicious and physically and verbally abusive. While Rihanna already warned us about Brown, Tran must have wanted to find out for herself. She and the singer broke up a few years ago due to his erratic behavior, drug use and his inability to control his mental state. Brown has been accused by a few women of being violent and having a substance abuse problem. Not only has it ruined his relationships it seems to have slowed his career down a bit as well. Tran is now looking to get a restraining order against Brown who she is accusing of harassment.
10. Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth
We have all seen what a hot mess Miley Cyrus has been in the last few years. Her music changed, she went out of her way to be more sexual and was more outspoken. She even ended her relationship with longtime fiancé, Liam Hemsworth. Some say she had to find herself, others say she was more interested in partying, smoking pot and Salvia, which she did publicly did back in Sept 2016. Although, Cyrus is now on the straight and narrow, at the time her partying lifestyle was too much for straight-laced Hemsworth. It’s understandable that Cyrus needed to find herself, but at the cost of her relationship? She has recently admitted that she no longer smokes pot and she is back with her man. At least her story has a happy ending.
9. Johnny Depp & Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s relationship turned toxic fast. They met while filming The Rum Diary in 2011 and quickly hit it off, but sources say it was toxic from day one. In May 2016, Heard walked into a courthouse toting a black eye and ready to file a restraining order against her husband. Since then, Heard has accused Depp of both verbal and physical abuse. She also blamed a chunk of his erratic behavior on his love for drugs and alcohol. She named cocaine as his drug of choice. She has stated several times that she is scared of Depp and his anger. Rightfully so. You never know how one will react when they are under the influence of substances.
8. Charlie Sheen & Brooke Mueller
When Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller hooked up, they were both on a silent downward spiral. In the past, she had her own drug and alcohol issues as did Sheen, but they both managed to keep it together for a while. Reports began to surface that Mueller had relapsed, making Sheen seem like the clean, sane one for once. She quickly retreated to rehab admitting that her sobriety had been compromised. However, it would be years before she became sober again and Sheen just wasn’t interested in that wild ride. He scooped up the twin boys he had with Mueller, dropped them off with Denise Richards and filed for divorce from Mueller.
7. Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown shocked the world when they got together. It came as a surprise to see her with this bad boy, because she was America’s sweetheart at that time. Their relationship was quite volatile; Brown had been known to be violent at times and to be heavy into drugs going back to his New Edition days. Houston was also into drugs, but everyone assumed that it was Brown’s fault. They split a few years after their daughter was born because, let’s face it, two drug addicts don’t make a right. They could no longer function together, which was documented in the reality show they were on called Being Bobby Brown.
6. Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom
Khloe Kardashian was the last Kardashian sister anyone thought would jump on the divorce bandwagon. She and Lamar seemed genuinely in love, but as they say: it isn’t just about love. Khloe lived with Odom even after he had relapsed, and like a doting wife she tried to protect him by not telling anyone but was secretly trying to help him. The secret of his substance abuse relapse broke her and eventually their marriage. Odom was so far gone with his drug binging that when it became public knowledge he was already acting like a crazy person. Kardashian couldn’t take it anymore so she helped him get into a drug rehab program and filed for divorce. Can you blame her?
5. Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick
Most of the world has seen what a mess Scott Disick is courtesy of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and his own very public run-ins with TMZ. Disick has a drinking problem. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. He has had very public meltdowns on and off the show. He has gone on bender after bender and at some point, Kourtney was finally fed up. She still decided to have kids with Scott and quickly realized that she loves her babies more than she loves Scott. They had a very public break up on KUWTK with Kourtney stating that she can no longer deal with his relapses and the behavior he exhibits when he drinks.
4. Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne
Ozzy and Sharon had been married for 35 years when she decided enough was enough. She had dealt with Ozzy’s bad behavior, drug and alcohol problems and wild tour life for decades. The last straw came when Ozzy relapsed yet again. He had relapsed before and she had always seen him through it, unfortunately, this time she was over it. Drugs have always been a problem with Ozzy, who started with some pretty hard stuff and eventually moving on to prescription pain medication. There is only so much one person can take. Sharon sought out a lawyer, but recently she has had a change of heart and decided to again stick it out with the love of her life. Perhaps they will make it to 40 years.
3. Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner
The normally private couple let it all air out recently when they announced that they would be separating. What brought on this sudden break-up? Apparently, it had something to do with Affleck’s infidelity, and even more to do with his drinking and gambling. Affleck has admitted in the past that he has had an issue with drinking and gambling to the extent that he had to do a stint in rehab. There are probably other issues that plagued the couple over the years but let’s be honest, living with an alcoholic who started drinking again is a major issue. Garner initiated the divorce and although they have back peddled once, so far it looks like it is inevitable.
2. Charlie Sheen & Denise Richards
The pairing of Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards was surprising to a lot of people. He was and still is a Hollywood bad boy and she was an actress who liked to be risky but kept her life somewhat private. However, flags were raised when Richards split from Sheen while pregnant with their second daughter. It’s always interesting when someone chooses to break up while pregnant; it’s usually a sign that the situation is bad. We all know that Sheen has had a past with drugs and alcohol and speculation swirled that he was back to using one or even both substances.
1. Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
The recent break up of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt came as a shock to everyone. The couple seemed perfect and honestly, they were everyone’s #GOALS. One would expect a smooth divorce from two mature, professional celebrities… wrong! Soon after the news broke of their divorce, rumors surfaced that Pitt had a problem with drugs and alcohol. Supposedly this was one of the reasons for Jolie quickly packing her bags and leaving with her kids. It was reported that he had gotten physical with his son Maddox. This was not the first time Pitt had made headlines regarding his love of alcohol and pot and how it was affecting his marriage. He has admitted that he does love to indulge occasionally, but for Jolie, it seems like it was more like overindulging.