The year 2021 has been a mixture of the good, bad and ugly in all corners, especially as it concerns family life, love relationships and marriages of famous figures across the world and in Nigeria.
A number of celebrity marriages faced tough challenges while others faced total collapse.
As the year nears its last hours, S4M has collated a list of celebrity breakups that shocked fans across the world.
From Paul and Anita Okoye to Bill Gates, Devon Franklin and Meagan Good, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and most recently the Ooni of Ife and his celebrated prophetess bride.
Some couples cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the splits, while others did not honour fans with any explanations for their break-up.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kanye West hit the rocks as she filed for divorce in February 2021 after almost seven years of marriage.
The couple split after agreeing to the joint custody of their four young children.
Kim claimed Kanye’s bipolar condition led to a lot of bad decisions from the rapper, which led to their break up.
She, however, appealed for greater empathy for Kanye’s mental health after a viral Twitter rant sent their marriage to the rocks.
Paul and Anita Okoye
One of the Psquare brothers, Paul’s marriage to Anita, crashed in August 2021 after seven years.
In a leaked petition which went viral, Anita had filed for a divorce, demanding N7.8m as spousal support for her and their kids.
The erstwhile lovey-dovey wife of Paul cited irreconcilable differences as the basis for the divorce.
Although the news of their pending divorce came as a massive shock to many Nigerians, there were indications that the couple had been in a serious domestic crisis following the split of the Psquare brothers.
However, Paul ignored all media reports and social media insinuations on the reason for the divorce, leaving fans guessing to date.
Bill and Melinda Gates
In May, the world’s billionaire couple posted a joint statement on Twitter announcing their divorce after 27years of marriage.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives, the Gates said.
Melinda Gates had in the divorce petition described her marriage to Bill Gates, 64, as ‘irretrievably broken’.
Meanwhile, there are reports that Bill Gates, the fourth richest man in the world with a fortune of about $130 billion did not sign a prenuptial agreement with his estranged wife.
Dr Dre and Nicole Young
Dre and his wife were married for 24years until Young filed for divorce in June 2020.
She alleged domestic abuse, which Dre denied. The two have had a lengthy and heated back and forth since Nicole filed for divorce.
However, the legal battle seems to have been finalised as Dr Dre is to pay his ex-wife $100m in settlement.
Dr Dre threw a party to celebrate his divorce AF status, TMZ reports that while a divorce deal has been struck, it has not yet been signed.
Dre and Nicole share son Truice, 24, and daughter Truly, 20.
Devon Franklin and Meagan Good
After nine years of marriage, the Seventh-day Adventist Preacher, cum producer, and motivational speaker announced his divorce to Actress Meagan Good. This shocked fans as the couple celebrated their ninth anniversary months ago praising each other.
In their statement shared on the individual Instagram page, both parties said no one was at fault, adding that the split was for the better good.
Devon and Meagan Good got married in 2012 and have no children.
Ooni of Ife, Queen Naomi
Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi was served divorce from his wife, Queen Silekunola Naomi after she announced her separation from the monarch on her social media pages.
Queen Naomi disclosed that she had been struggling and had tried her best to make the marriage work to no avail.
“I shall no longer be referred to as wife to the Ooni of Ife or as Queen of Ile-Ife” She had written on social media.
Naomi further alleged the hypocrisy of the monarch, stating that Ooni’s public perception was different from his true character.
She said the Ooni had a picture he wanted the world to see and another one which is his true self.
However, the Palace claimed it was not aware of any separation between the Ooni and his queen, adding that her post was false and should not be taken seriously.
Despite the claims of the Palace, fans on social claimed the split did not come as a shock to them as queen Naomi was not the first to divorce him.