Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher’s divorce has been a surprise to some, but an inevitable outcome to others. When the two married 6 years ago, all anybody could talk about was their 16-year age difference, but after chronicling their coupledom on Twitter for all their fans to see with cutesy messages back and forth, we all ate our words, assuming that they were solid.
However, when rumors of Ashton’s infidelity hit the net in October, it was clear that everything that glittered on the red carpet wasn’t gold. Sure enough, less than month after the reports surfaced, Demi decided to file for divorce this week. Could their age difference have had something to do with it, too?
Here are 5 other “cougar” relationships that have failed!
Halle Berry & Gabriel Aubry (10-year age difference)
The Oscar-wining actress and French-Canadian model met in November 2005 while shooting an ad for Versace and were inseparable from then on, even welcoming a daughter, Nahla, in March 2008. However, just two years later in April 2010, the couple split and have been engaged in a nasty custody battle ever since.
Vivica A. Fox & Omar “Slimm” White (20-year age difference)
The actress and her club promoter boyfriend dated for over year before he proposed to her with an 8-carat diamond ring the day after Christmas 2010. She bragged about their love on camera, but less than a year after their happy announcement, Slimm confirmed their split, blaming “negativity.”
Madonna & Jesus Luz (28-year age difference)
The iconic artist and Brazilian model caught each others’ eyes while shooting a spread for W magazine in December 2008 – the same year she split from her (10-years-younger) husband Guy Ritchie. They traveled the world together and were photographed showing passionate PDA everywhere from Italy to Brazil to London. But in February 2010, Luz reportedly dumped Madge; though she wasted no time scooping up another boytoy later that year, French dancer Brahim Zaibat – also 28 years her junior.
Tameka Foster & Usher (7-year age difference)
The singer and his stylist got hitched in August 2007, much to the chagrin of his loyal (and mostly female) fans. Just 3 months later, their son Usher Raymond V (aka “Cinco”) was born and in December 2008, their second son Naviyd arrived. But the kids couldn’t keep them together; in June 2009, Usher filed for divorce from Foster after claiming they lived separately for nearly a year. Following the announcement, Tameka made sure to stay in headlines through magazine interviews and Twitter rants.
Eva Longoria & Tony Parker (7-year age difference)
The actress and French basketball player met in the San Antonio Spurs locker room in 2003 and tied the knot on the (not so) lucky date of 7/7/2007. Just three years later, in November 2010, the couple announced their divorce following Tony Parker’s sexting scandal with a teammate’s wife. Eva quickly rebounded, however, with actress Penelope Cruz’s brother Eduardo – 10 years younger – and is now rumored to be dating another NBA baller, Matt Barnes, the ex-fiance of “Basketball Wives” cast mate Gloria Govan.