No matter how long celebrity couples have been together, it seems like relationships in Hollywood never last. While many stars try to end relationships amicably, there have been times when things took a turn for the ugly from the get-go.
Some celebrities tried to make things impersonal by avoiding the breakup conversation with their significant others, and instead broke the news via text, voicemail and even on television.
Here are 13 celebrities who got dumped in the most cold and heartbreaking ways:
1. Minnie Driver and Matt Damon
It might be a good idea to tell the person you were dating that you no longer want a relationship before telling it to the rest of the world, but that’s not how it went down between Minnie Driver and her Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon.
Damon publicly announced that he was single during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and that’s how Driver learned that they were over.
“It’s unfortunate that Matt went on Oprah; it seemed like a good forum for him to announce to the world that we were no longer together, which I found fantastically inappropriate,” Driver told the Los Angeles Times in 1998.
2. Mary-Louise Parker and Billy Crudup
The Weeds actress was seven months pregnant with her first child when her boyfriend of seven years, actor Billy Crudup, walked out on her out of the blue in 2003. He left her for fellow actress Claire Danes, who was 24 at the time.
“I am alone. Look, see? I am pregnant and alone. It hurts to even breathe,” Parker wrote in her memoir Dear Mr. You.
Parker gave birth to a son, William, a few months later in 2004, and has raised him as a single mother ever since.
3. Eva Longoria and Tony Parker
The Desperate Housewives star found hundreds of text messages between her husband, Tony Parker, and his NBA teammate’s wife. That’s how she came to learn that he no longer wanted to be with her, which eventually led her to file for divorce.
Longoria admitted in an interview with Piers Morgan that the split was “heartbreaking,” then added: “I had such an identity in being Mrs Parker and when that’s taken away from you it’s hard.”