Unfortunately, 2020 was a major year for celebrity breakups. From Scott Disick and Sofia Richie to Kelly Clarkson and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, some of the sweetest A-list couples called it quits. While heartbreak in Hollywood is nothing new, there was a definite spike in 2020 — and the coronavirus pandemic might have just been to blame.
“One way to think about the COVID experience for couples is that it is a time of high stress that greatly changes our typical routines and social realities,” clinical psychologist and former associate professor at the University of Nevada Dr. Cortney S. Warren previously told Life & Style. “These current realities can place great strain on relationships. Financial concerns and differences in parenting strategies often top the list of stressors experienced by couples — even when we are not in the middle of a pandemic!”
Kelly “took out her frustration” and “terrible mood” on Brandon during quarantine, forcing him to “get out of the house” and “escape her rants” as much as possible,” noted the insider. While the talent manager, who tied the knot with the “Miss Independent” artist in 2013, did “his best to keep the peace,” Kelly “couldn’t take it anymore.”
TYRESE AND SAMANTHA LEE GIBSON
Tyrese announced the “painful and significant development” in his and wife Samantha’s lives via Instagram on December 29. “After much thought, consideration and prayer, we, unfortunately, have made the difficult decision to officially separate and divorce,” he wrote, adding that their “intention is to remain the best of friends and strong coparents.” The former couple share daughter Soraya, 2.
CARLY AND EVAN BASS
Carly and Evan, who met in 2016 on ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise, announced their split after three years of marriage.
“We have made the difficult decision to separate,” the former couple said in a joint statement to People on December 23. “We will always cherish our time together and continue to have the utmost respect for one another as we focus on what’s best for the future of our family. We greatly appreciate everyone’s love and support and kindly ask that you please respect our family’s privacy as we navigate through this.”