As the clock ticks down the last few hours of 2012, take a look back on the 9 of the most publicized divorces of the year. Some have been in the works for a while and others came as a surprise —but for all the gents on our list, 2013 will be full of new beginnings and fresh starts.
9. Danny DeVito
Funny man Danny DeVito and longtime wife Rhea Perlman announced their divorce in October. The comedic couple’s announcement came as a surprise —they were married for more than 30 years. Rumors of reconciliation have been circling, but no official statement has been released.
8. Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman was engaged in an epic divorce battle that has lasted the past 8 years. The divorce was initially filed in 2004 —after numerous disputes and an attempt at reconciliation, Rodman’s divorce was official in April of 2012.
7. Russell Brand
Russell Brand and his pop-tart wife Katy Perry finalized their divorce in 2012. After 14 months of marriage the couple called it quits—citing incompatibility as the reason for the split.
6. Peter Facinelli
Peter Facinelli of “Twilight” and “Six Feet Under” fame divorced Jenny Garth (Beverly Hills 90210) after seventeen years of marriage. Facinelli has remained tight-lipped about the breakup to protect the best interests of the couple’s three children.
5. Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe called it quits on his marriage in 2012. Crowe has cited his wife’s affair with her dancing partner from the Australian version of “Dancing With the Stars” as the reason for the split.
4. Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher finally filed for divorce in 2012 after waiting more than a year after announcing the split from actress Demi Moore. The reason for the delay— the couple had hoped to reach an agreement, but a report by the Huffington Post claims: “Demi was asking for so much money, and [the negotiation] was dragging on so long, that Kutcher got fed up and filed papers, which means their divorce negotiations will become more public.”
Seal and supermodel Heidi Klum filed for divorce this year. The couple was married for 7 years and had renewed their marriage vows every year. ABC News has reported, “They have four children together, one from Klum’s previous relationship, and a lot of money on the line: Klum’s $70 million fortune will reportedly be a major factor in the divorce.”
2. Will Arnett
Will Arnett has made a name for himself with roles in “Ratatouille”, “Arrested Development”, and “30 Rock”, among others. More recently he has been in the news for his divorce from Amy Poehler (“Saturday Night Live”, “Parks and Recreation”). The couple drifted apart during the almost 10 years of marriage and have managed to have an amicable split.
1. Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes caused a media storm in August when Holmes filed for divorce. The divorce came as a surprise to many and could have easily turned into a messy and drawn out process. The couple was able to settle out of court and divorce was finalized quickly.