Among the glitz and glam of Hollywood, with all its red carpets and fancy premiers, it's easy to place celebrities on a pedestal and forget that they are just as human as the rest of us. Just like us, celebrities struggle with their own problems, insecurities and weaknesses, but unlike us they often have to do so in a far more public way.
Yesterday, after 11 years together, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner shocked many when they publicly announced their divorce, turning what was already a tough time for their family into a far tougher time because of the added scrutiny of the public. However, Ben and Jen are far from the first high profile couple to under go a break up watched by the world - here are 10 more celebrity couples who seemed destined to be together forever, but shocked us all with their break ups:
1. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
Brad and Jen were the golden couple of Hollywood in the early-to-mid 2000s, but what sparkles from afar isn't always so perfect up close, and after being together for five years the two called it quits in 2005. Soon after the break up, Pitt sparked up a romance with Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie adding more credence to the rumor that the divorce was caused by an extramarital affair.
2. Will Arnett and Amy Poehler
When comedic power couple Amy Poehler and Will Arnett announced their divorce in 2012 there were more than just two hearts broken. The comedians had been married for nine years and though they parted ways amicably, the rumor behind the split was that their marriage simply lost its spark and happiness.
3. Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon
Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon were together for 23 years when they announced their split in 2009. The two kept the details of their break up pretty quiet, and have since been seen with new partners.
4. Heidi Klum and Seal
It seems like not even one of the most loved-up celebrity couples, Heidi Klum and Seal, could get past the seven year itch. The model and musician broke up in 2012 after getting being together since 2005. Klum has since admitted that their partnership was rife with problems that the pair tried to keep private, though reports at the time suggest that it was Seal's out-of-control temper that was the ultimate nail in the coffin of the relationship.
5. Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon
Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon made our collective hearts melt when they got together in 1999, but after eight years and two kids together the couple broke up in 2007. Speaking on Larry King Now in March 2015, Phillippe revealed that the reason the relationship failed was due to the pair getting together at such a young age - meeting at Witherspoon's 21st birthday party when he was 22.
6. Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton
This kooky couple went their separate ways after being together for 13 years, following their meeting on the set of Planet of the Apes. Though no reason has been revealed for the split, they maintain it was amicable and the two continue to be friends and co-parent their two children, Billy and Nell.
7. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
The ultimate rom-com couple dated from 2005 until 2007, and following their split Gosling said that fans of the film The Notebook were far from happy with the heartthrob, telling GQ in 2007:
"Women are mad at me. A girl came up to me on the street and she almost smacked me. Like, ‘How could you? How could you let a girl like that go?’ I feel like I want to give people hugs, they seem so sad. Rachel and I should be the ones getting hugs! Instead, we’re consoling everybody else."
Though the two briefly reunited in 2008, it wasn't to last and they have both since moved on.
8. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
The relationship between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson was a dream come true for Twilight fans worldwide, but after four years together photos emerged of Stewart kissing director Rupert Sanders, causing the two to split up. Though the young actress issued a public apology, it wasn't enough for R Patz, and both actors have since sparked up new relationships with new partners.
9. Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron
Much like R Patz and K Stew, the relationship between Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron was a Disney fan's dream. The two got together in 2005 but split after five years in 2010. In March this year Hudgens revealed it was jealousy of all the attention Efron garnered from female fans that contributed to their break up, though she now admits that it was during a phrase in her life when she "was really mean."
10. Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom
Supermodel Miranda Kerr began dating Lord of the Rings and Hobbit star Orlando Bloom back in 2007 and they were married in 2010. However, two years after the birth of their son Flynn in 2011 the handsome couple announced they had been separated for some time and intended to divorce.