Celebrity break-ups of 2019: Colin and Livia Firth separate

Following the split of Colin and Livia Firth, we look back at the year’s biggest celebrity splits.
Following the split of Colin and Livia Firth, we look back at the year’s biggest celebrity splits.

Colin and Livia Firth have separated after 22 years of marriage.

The British actor and the Italian eco-campaigner and film producer married in 1997 and have three sons together, but they have announced they are parting ways.

A statement from their publicists said: “Colin and Livia Firth have separated. They maintain a close friendship and remain united in their love for their children.

“They kindly ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”

Theirs is not the first high-profile separation of the year. Here is a list of the celebrity splits of 2019 so far:

Adele and Simon Konecki

Adele and Simon Konecki
Adele and Simon Konecki announced they were separating in April (Yui Mok/PA)

Award-winning singer Adele announced in April that she and her husband of three years, Simon Konecki, had parted ways.

The couple, who have a seven-year-old son, Angelo, started dating in 2011 and tied the knot in 2016.

Adele filed for divorce in September, citing “irreconcilable differences”.

Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend

Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend
Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend (Ian West/PA)

Actress Christina Hendricks and her actor husband Geoffrey Arend were introduced by Hendricks’s Mad Men co-star Vincent Kartheiser and tied the knot in October 2009.

Their separation was announced just over a decade later, in October, and a statement from the couple said: “Twelve years ago we fell in love and became partners. We joined our two amazing families, had countless laughs, made wonderful friends and were blessed with incredible opportunities.

“Today we take our next step together, but on separate paths. We will always be grateful for the love we’ve shared and will always work together to raise our two beautiful dogs.

“We will be taking time to rediscover ourselves in this transition and we thank you for your patience and support in giving us the space to do so.”

Hendricks achieved worldwide fame for her portrayal of Joan Holloway in period drama Mad Men, which aired from 2007-2015.

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner
Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner split up after more than two years together (Jennifer Graylock/PA)

The couple began dating after meeting at the Coachella music festival in early 2017. Following a whirlwind romance, they welcomed daughter Stormi in February last year.

They were often the subject of marriage rumours, and they split in September.

Jenner said she and rapper Scott are on “great terms”, adding: “Our main focus right now is Stormi.”

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth shocked fans by announcing their split (PA)

The couple tied the knot last December but announced they were splitting up in August.

Pop star Cyrus, 26, and Australian actor Hemsworth, 29, met on the set of romantic drama The Last Song in 2010 and dated on and off for nearly a decade before walking down the aisle.

Following the split, Cyrus has since moved on with singer Cody Simpson while Hemsworth was spotted holding hands with actress Maddison Brown.

Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn Carter

Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn Carter
Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn Carter announced at the beginning of August that they were splitting up (PA)

The Hills’ stars split in August, a year after a wedding ceremony in Indonesia.

A representative for them said: “They love and respect one another, and know that this is the best decision for their relationship moving forward.”

Carter was briefly romantically linked to Cyrus after the split.

Camila Cabello and Matthew Hussey

Pop star Cabello had been dating British dating coach Hussey for about 18 months, but they split up earlier this year.

Following news of the break-up, Cabello urged her fans not to send “hateful” messages after Hussey’s social media accounts were targeted.

Cabello is now in a relationship with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes.

Michelle Williams and Phil Elverum

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams split from husband Phil Elverum after less than a year of marriage (Ian West/PA)

Hollywood star Michelle Williams and her husband of less than a year were revealed to have called time on their marriage in April.

Williams and Phil Elverum, a musician, tied the knot in July 2018 in upstate New York, but a source close to the couple confirmed to People magazine that they had separated.

It was the first marriage for the Oscar-nominated actress, who has a child with the late Heath Ledger, and the second for Elverum.

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson

Khloe Kardashian
Khloe Kardashian went through a public break-up with basketball player Tristan Thompson after his alleged infidelity (PA)

Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Khloe Kardashian dumped Tristan Thompson, the father of her daughter True, in March after it was claimed he had been unfaithful.

Kardashian and Thompson, who welcomed their first child together in April 2018, split after allegations that he had cheated with Jordyn Woods, the best friend of her younger sister, Kylie Jenner.

At the time, Kardashian tweeted that it was not the first time the basketball player had cheated on her, adding: “What’s been harder & more painful is being hurt by someone so close to me. Someone whom I love & treat like a little sister. But Jordyn is not to be blamed for the breakup of my family. This was Tristan’s fault.”

Lady Gaga and Christian Carino

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Singer and actress Lady Gaga broke up with her talent agent boyfriend earlier in the year (Jennifer Graylock/PA)

In the midst of her awards season glory, Lady Gaga split from her fiance, talent agent Christian Carino.

The singer and actress had started dating Carino in 2017 before she revealed last October that they were engaged.

A week after their split was revealed, Gaga shone at the Academy Awards, where she performed with her A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper and picked up an Oscar for the song Shallow.

Stacey Dooley and Sam Tucknott

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Strictly Come Dancing 2018 winner Stacey Dooley and her partner of three years, Sam Tucknott, were reported to have ended their relationship in March.

She has since moved on with her Strictly partner Kevin Clifton.

Shortly after her break-up with Tucknott, Dooley tweeted: “Anyone with any adult life experience knows there are 2 sides to every story. I haven’t got the time or energy to correct some of the utter nonsense I’ve read on here.”

Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham

Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer
Love Island winners Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer found life after the villa difficult and ended their romance in April (Ian West/PA)

Love Island 2018 champions Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham ended their romance in April, eight months after winning the reality show.

Fincham announced the break-up in a post on his Instagram Story, saying “sometimes things aren’t meant to be”.

They hit a bump in the road in December, when Dyer said they had broken up because they had realised their relationship was “not meant to be long term”, but she later told fans they were back on.

Wes Nelson and Megan Barton-Hanson

Megan Barton-Hanson and Wes Nelson
Megan Barton-Hanson and Wes Nelson announced their split in January (Ian West/PA)

Another Love Island couple from 2018’s series called it quits this year – Wes Nelson and Megan Barton-Hanson.

The couple, who were finalists in last year’s series of the ITV2 show, ended their relationship while Nelson took part in Dancing On Ice.

Their romance had been thrust into the spotlight due to the show, and Barton-Hanson had admitted to being jealous about seeing Nelson dancing with professional ice skater Vanessa Bauer.

Ulrika Jonsson and Brian Monet

Ulrika Jonsson
Ulrika Jonsson split from Brian Monet after more than a decade of marriage (Ian West/PA)

Swedish TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson announced her split from husband Brian Monet after 11 years of marriage in April.

She told Best magazine she had tried to salvage her third marriage with counselling, but that it failed, and “getting another divorce aged 51 is not where I thought I’d be”.

Jonsson married US advertising executive Monet in 2008 and they have one child together, a son named Malcolm.

Lily Allen and Meridian Dan

Lily Allen
Lily Allen and rapper Meridian Dan split in January, three years after getting together (Ian West/PA)

Lily Allen revealed in January that she had split up with rapper boyfriend Meridian Dan after three years of dating.

The singer told Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail podcast about her break-up from the grime artist.

She said: “I’m single, for the first time since I was about 15. We’ve been broken up for about three weeks.”