Divorces are not cheap, with settlements of millions being almost run-of-the-mill (in celebrity-land), and billions not unheard of by any means...We take a look at some of the most expensive celebrity divorces in recent history. Prepare yourselves, the sums involved are eye-watering!
Heartthrob Harrison Ford and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial screenwriter Melissa Mathison met on the set of Apocalypse Now in 1979. They were married for seventeen years before filing for divorce, when it was revealed that Harrison had been seeing other women. It took three years to reach an agreement. Reports state that she was awarded somewhere between $85 million and $118 million.
We were shocked when America's darling Jennifer Aniston and her husband of two-and-a-half years Justin Theroux announced that they would be getting divorced in February of 2018. The couple bought a beautiful Bel-Air mansion together and have an estimated net worth of more than 240 million Dollars (220 of which belong to Jen), they also have an ironclad prenup and so there will probably not be a lot of legal wrangling necessary.
Heidi Klum and Seal got divorced in 2015 after nine years of marriage. According to "TMZ", Heidi was fed up with Seal's temper tantrums. Unusually, the couple had never signed a prenup and things could have got quite messy, but they managed to reach an agreement on how to split Heidi's $70 million fortune.
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis were THE Hollywood couple of the nineties. They got married in 1987 and have three daughters together. They were divorced in 2000 after thirteen years of marriage. They managed to remain friends and Demi received a payment of $90 million.
Queen of "conscious uncoupling", Gwyneth Paltrow divorced Chris Martin in 2014 after eleven years of marriage. While they were incredibly keen to emphasise their commitment to "wishing one another well", it took a suspiciously long time for the exact details of their divorce to be worked out and it was not final until 2016. However, they did split their $75 million fortune evenly and have remained close, even going on holiday together with the kids!
Madonna and Guy Ritchie got divorced in 2008 after being married for seven years. According to Madonna's publicist, the divorce settlement was somewhere between $76 million to $92 million.
Hollywood phenomenon "Brangelina" announced that they would be filing for divorce after just two years of marriage (and a ten-year relationship before that) in 2016. They had a joint net worth of roughly $400 million at the time of their break up. It is rumoured that this massive fortune was split pretty much evenly.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills filed for divorce in 2006, after just four years of marriage. It took two long years for the divorce to be finalised. Heather Mills received a settlement of an enormous $48.7 million!
Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva met at California State University in 1975. They filed for divorce in 1994 after 16 years of marriage. According to "People" magazine, Costner was a fan of the ladies and had a wandering eye. Cindy received $80 million Dollars.
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving got divorced in 1989 after four years of marriage. While these two had signed a prenup, it had been written on a napkin and so (we have to say), not surprisingly, the judge overseeing their divorce proceedings did not consider this to be a legally binding document. He awarded Irving $100 million.
Michael Douglas and Diandra Luker got married in 1977. She was the daughter of an Austrian diplomat and was only nineteen when they married. Diandra received a settlement of $45 million, but was not at all content and the legal battles went on for years. Diandra felt that she had a right to money that Douglas had earned while they were together.
Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore Gibson were married for thirty years before filing for divorce. They split up in 2006 when Mel was arrested for drunk driving, but only officially filed for divorce in April 2009. It has been speculated that when Mel was spotted with singer-songwriter Oksana Grigorieva in March 2009 it was the final straw. Robyn received roughly half of Mel's fortune, which was around $425 million!
Self-confessed sex-addict Tiger had had multiple affairs while married to Elin Nordegren. After six years of marriage the couple filed for divorce in 2010. According to the "New York Daily News", Nordegren received a settlement of 110 million Dollars.
In 2016, Michael and Juanita Jordan got divorced after 17 years together. Their lawyers released a statement saying that the end of their marriage was both a mutual decision and an amicable one. The settlement was a whopping $168 million!