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No one is perfect in any relationship, and it’s especially tricky to have a healthy experience when you’re in the public eye. Many celebrities have had or continue to exist in toxic relationships, creating an unhealthy environment for everyone involved.
Of course, everyone wants to know about these chaotic public circumstances. Read on to learn more about the most toxic celebrity couples, from Tommy Lee and Pam Anderson to Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil.
1. Courtney Love & Kurt Cobain
Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain and singer Courtney Love are first on our list of the most toxic celebrity couples, together for four years until Cobain’s untimely death in 1994. They were terrible influences on each other, worsening with the birth of their daughter right before Cobain passed.
Related: Where is Kurt Cobain’s Daughter Now?
2. Tommy Lee & Pam Anderson
Tommy Lee of Motley Crue and actress Pamela Anderson were married from 1995-1998 and were undoubtedly one of the most toxic celebrity couples. They’ve maintained a friendship, but Lee reportedly mistreated Anderson and her sons during their time together, apparently once with a vicious dog and other drastic measures.
3. Amy Winehouse & Blake Fielder-Civil
Amy Winehouse, singer extraordinaire, and Blake Fielder-Civil married as the star rose in the public eye. Unfortunately, they only encouraged each other in substance abuse and other issues that had a terrible impact on Winehouse and likely led to her death.
4. Halsey & G Eazy
Halsey and G-Eazy were a singing power couple when they got together in 2017 before splitting up in the middle of 2018 after a year of dating. G-Eazy was constantly cheating behind her back and was even abusive, leading them to be labeled as a toxic celebrity couple.
5. MGK & Megan Fox
MGK and Megan Fox have had a very strange relationship during their years of dating, including vials of blood, guns, and addiction. MGK was reportedly unhealthily obsessed with Fox to the point of abuse and entrapment with strange things like a thorned engagement ring.
6. Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne have been through the wringer together, marrying in 1982 after Ozzy divorced Thelma Riley. They recently celebrated 40 years together in a relationship marked with violence, infidelity, and threats of abuse. If that doesn’t say toxic, we don’t know what does.
7. Kodiyakredd & Amina
Next on our list of the most toxic celebrity couples is rapper Kodiyakredd (from the Island Boys) and his ex-girlfriend Amina. At the beginning of the year, the rapper was arrested for domestic battery after slapping Amina and pushing her into the shallow end of a pool after arguing in Pompano Beach.
8. Ariana Grande & Mac Miller
Singer Ariana Grande and rapper Mac Miller first met in 2012, dating until about 2017. They had a tumultuous relationship, eventually breaking up because the situation had become toxic. Unfortunately, Miller overdosed and tragically passed away the following year.
9. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian
Rapper Kanye West and reality star Kim Kardashian started out being in a very healthy relationship. They had several children together after their wedding in 2014. They split in 2022 after a history of infidelity and a downhill slide with Kanye’s mental health and general public sanity. Now they are widely known as one of the most toxic celebrity couples ever.
10. Amber Heard & Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are both professional actors, and it was a surprise for many when they got married, though they divorced in 2017 after Heard revealed Depp mistreated her. Depp, however, won a lawsuit against her for defamation for what she said about him.
11. Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown
Singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown endured everything from addiction to infidelity to domestic disturbances during their toxic relationship from 1992-2007. Houston tragically passed away in 2012, five years after their relationship ended.
Related: How Did Whitney Houston Die?
12. Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth
Everyone was surprised when vibrant singer Miley Cyrus revealed her engagement with the more mellow actor Liam Hemsworth in 2012 after years of on-and-off dating. Before the wedding, rumors that Hemsworth cheated arose, and the pair never officially tied the knot.
13. David Hasselhoff & Pamela Bach
Next on our list of the most toxic celebrity couples are actors David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach, who married in 1989. They split in 2007 after Back accused her ex-husband of violent drunk behavior and other toxic tendencies.
14. Rihanna & Chris Brown
Chris Brown and Rihanna are well-known singers, offering fans some of the best performances of their lives during their power couple stature in the late 2000s. Unfortunately, Chris Brown physically mistreated Rihanna in 2009, resulting in her testifying against him in court – though they tried to get back together a few years later.
15. Britney Spears & Kevin Federline
Singer Britney Spears married her backup dancer Kevin Federline and had two sons with him after a whirlwind relationship. The pair had a wild falling out, which ended with the well-known shaved-head Britney and a smashed paparazzi car. Definitely toxic.
16. Frank Sinatra & Ava Gardner
Actors Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner were one of the original toxic couples, beginning their love with a very public affair. They married in 1951, continuing to have multiple affairs behind each other’s backs and engaging in tense conflict until they split in 1957.
17. Carmen Electra & Dennis Rodman
Actress Carmen Electra and athlete Dennis Rodman married in Las Vegas in 1998, with Rodman filing an annulment two weeks later because he “wasn’t in his right mind” when he made his vows. They were on and off for another year, the relationship finally ending with an arrest for misdemeanor battery in Miami.
18. Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale
Next on our list of the most toxic celebrity couples is singer Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, who spent two decades together and were married for 13 years before splitting in 2015. Apparently, Rossdale had been having a relationship with their nanny, shattering Stefani with his infidelity.
19. Chrisean Rock & Blueface
Chrisean Rock and Blueface were a rapper power couple, with Rock becoming pregnant with his child and getting a tattoo of his face on her neck. She’s defended him multiple times, even though they’ve gotten into very public spats and even trespassed on each others’ property on numerous occasions.
20. Madonna & Sean Penn
Singer Madonna and actor Sean Penn were married from 1985-1989, breaking apart after reports that Penn mistreated Madonna and many clear violent domestic disputes. He denied the rumors, and she refuses to discuss them publicly.
21. Charlie Sheen & Denise Richards
Actors Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards had two daughters and were married from 2002-2006. Their relationship ended after Richards accused Sheen of drunkenness, abuse, and violent threats. Apparently, Sheen still owes Richards almost half a million dollars in child support.
22. Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham
Singers Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac) are some of the best singers of their time, coming together in 1977 in the form of an affair during his second marriage. They were a powerful couple and were in constant turmoil, bickering, and fighting before ending their relationship in 1977. Amazingly, they still often worked together in Fleetwood Mac until recently.
23. Taylor Swift & John Mayer
Next on the list of the most toxic celebrity couples are singers Taylor Swift and John Mayer, who dated from 2009-2010. This is one of the many high-profile relationships Swift has been through. Swift felt Mayer took advantage of her at a young age, while Mayer was humiliated by Swift’s choice to write about the relationship in her song “Midnights.”
24. Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon married in 2008, remaining together for almost a decade until they finalized their divorce in 2016. Apparently, it was Carey who caused the issues, and Cannon went on to have many relationships and is now the father of twelve children with many different women.
25. Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are always in the public eye, making their troubles very obvious to those who view their show. Disick has serious partying issues, through which Kardashian remained loyal, though she eventually called it off after he was caught cheating after she birthed their third child.
26. Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber
It was good news for fans everywhere when singers Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber got together during the 2000s, resulting in an on-and-off relationship over six years. There were troubling rumors about pregnancy, rehab, and even cheating.
27. Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna
Last up on our list of the most toxic celebrity couples is another reality couple, Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna. They were engaged for only a few months, and she got pregnant soon after the marriage, which was followed by her leaving and Rob Kardashian having a public breakdown on social media in which he revealed very sensitive information about his ex.
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