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12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2020, 9:21 am

A divorce is one of the very few life moments that hurts people a lot even celebrities. It impacts a man's or woman's life in a tremendous way. A divorce is a peak point of frustration and irreconcilable differences between a wife and husband. No matter how badly a couple hates each other, they simply can't digest the fact that they are about to separate forever.  There will be pain and moments of satisfaction too that the derailed relationship is going to end, causing no further emotional damage.
Most divorces are expensive. They become ridiculously expensive when a divorce is complicated. Divorce lawyers charge a lot of money, up and above $500 an hour! Let's not forget about the alimony factor, which can ruin a spouse's financial standards badly. 
Celebrity divorces are always expensive. It is so because one of the partners is very rich, and he or she needs to pay a significant sum of their money as alimony. Celeb marriages are often more complicated than ordinary marriages. Celebrities hire best divorce lawyers in the country, and they usually charge a lot of money. In the past, A few celebrities have even paid more than $100 million as alimony or settlement for a divorce! Here are fifteen most expensive celebrity divorces ever. 
1.Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl

In 1986, Country music star Garth Brooks married Sandy Mahl. Brooks and Mahl met while he was working as a bouncer. The couple had three daughters -Taylor Mayne Pearl, August Anna, and Allie Colleen. The couple divorced in 1999. Sandy Mahl received $135 million from Brooks in the divorce settlement. In 2005, Brooks married fellow musician Trisha Yearwood. 
Garth Brooks is one of the richest country pop singers in the world. His songs are famous in many parts of the world, not just in the United States. Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl's divorce is one of the costliest celebrity divorces, with Brooks paying nearly half of his fortune to Sandy Mahl for the divorce. 

Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever

2.Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore Gibson

Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore met in the late 1970s. After dating for several years, the duo married on June 7, 1980 in Forestville, New South Wales. They went on to have one daughter, and six sons. After 26 years of marriage, Mel and Robyn separated in July 2006. Robyn ended up filing for divorce on April 13, 2009, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce was finalized on December 23, 2011, and in the settlement Robyn reportedly received over $400,000,000.

Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore Gibson-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever

3.Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva

Kevin Costner is one of the most talented celebrities in the United States. He is an actor, director, film producer, singer, and musician. He has won 2 Academy Awards, 3 Golden Globe Awards, 1 Emmy Award, and received 3 BAFTA nominations. He is famous around the world for his films. He is known for his expensive divorce too! 
In 1978, Kevin Costner married Cindy Silva. The pair met and fell in love while in college. However, in 1994, after 16-years of marriage, the duo divorced. Upon the divorce settlement, Silva received $80 million. Since then, Costner has dated model Elle McPherson and Bridget Rooney. In 2004, Costner found love again and married his now-wife Christine Baumgartner.

Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever

4.Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison

Melissa Mathison was Harrison Ford's second wife. It is unclear how the pair met, but Mathison is a famed screenwriter. The pair married in 1983, but divorced 21-years later in 2004. The couple split in 2004 and Mathison earned $85 million from the divorce settlement. Harrison is now happily married to actress Calista Flockhart.

Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever

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5.Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey

Neil Diamond married Marcia Murphey, a production assistant, in December 1969. Murphey was Diamond's second wife. The pair had two sons -Jesse and Micah. For reasons unknown, the couple divorced in 1995. Murphey walked away from the marriage with a whopping $150 million. Diamond re-married once again in 2012, to producer Katie McNeil.

Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever

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6.Michael and Juanita Jordan

Michael Jordan is one of the most successful NBA players of all time, but the same can't be said for his marriage to Juanita Jordan. Michael and Juanita married in September 1989. They had two sons, Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James, and a daughter, Jasmine. In January 2002, Juanita filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable difference, but they repaired their relationship and moved forward. Not too long after, Juanita filed for divorce once again. They were given a final decree of dissolution of marriage on December 29, 2006. Juanita received $168 million in the divorce settlement, making it the largest celebrity divorce settlement in history at the time.

Michael and Juanita Jordan-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever

7.Steven Spielberg And Amy Irving

Steven Spielberg is a world famous director, producer, and writer who needs no special introduction.  Amy Irving was a well-known 70s and 80s actress who is now a noted TV personality. Amy Irving and Steven Spielberg dated from 1976 -1979. She also dated co-star Willie Nelson for a short time in the early 80s. 
Amy Irving and Steven Spielberg separated for some time before reconnecting back in 1985 and later married. The pair couldn't make it work the second time around and divorced just five years later, in 1989. Irving received an estimated $100 million in the divorce settlement after a judge controversially threw out a prenuptial agreement that the couple had written on a napkin.

Steven Spielberg And Amy Irving-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever


8.Madonna and Guy Ritchie

Madonna and Guy Ritchie met through Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler. The pair began dating in 1999. On August 11, 2000, Madonna gave birth to their son, Rocco Ritchie. In December 2000, Madonna and Ritchie got married in a private ceremony in Scotland. Ritchie filed for divorce from Madonna, citing irreconcilable differences after he found her cheating on him with Alex Rodriguez. Ritchie and Madge's divorce was finalized in December 2008. Their divorce cost somewhere between $76 and $92 million.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever

9.James Cameron and Linda Hamilton

James Cameron married his fourth wife, Linda Hamilton in 1997. The twosome had worked together on Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2 (1991). Their daughter, Josephine, was born in 1993 before the pair got married. The marriage only lasted two-years, but Hamilton received a big payday. She reportedly received $50 million from the producer. Hamilton later revealed that their marriage ended due to Cameron's workaholic ways and his affair with Suzy Amis - an actress he cast in Titanic. Cameron is now married to Amis.

James Cameron and Linda Hamilton-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever


10.Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills had one of the most controversial celebrity divorces of all time. The pair married in 2002 much to the dismay of many. In 2003, the couple had a daughter and named her Beatrice Milly. McCartney and Mills separated three-years later in April 2006. After an extremely bitter legal fight, they were officially divorced in March 2008, with McCartney having to fork over $48.6 million to Mills.McCartney is now remarried to Nancy Shevell.

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever

11.Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey

The third time was not the charm for singer Phil Collins. After a five-year romance, the singer married his third wife, Orianne in 1999. The couple announced their separation in March 2006. They were officially divorced on August 17, 2008. Cevey received $47 million from Collins in the divorce settlement. Though divorced, the pair has two children - Matthew and Nicholas-together.

Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever

12.Michael and Diandra Douglas

In March 1977, Michael Douglas, who was 32 years old at the time, married his first wife, Diandra Luker. Luker, who was the daughter of an Austrian diplomat, was 19-years-old at the time. The pair had one child, Cameron, in 1978. Things were good for a while, but in 1995, Diandra filed for divorce. After a lengthy battle, Diandra was awarded $45 million as part of the divorce settlement in 2000.

Michael and Diandra Douglas-12 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever


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