It’s a big deal when celebrity couples get divorced (witness: the collective pain of America when Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced their split). Not only are we heartbroken to see our favorite duos part ways, but things also tend to get messy when it comes to money, especially if there’s no prenuptial agreement. Thus, leading to big drama, multiple lawyers, and a cashout so big, my heart skips a little thinking about what I would do if I ever came into contact with that much money.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Settlement: $7 million- After meeting on the set of Rum Diary in 2011, the couple tied the knot in a private ceremony four years later. The once co-stars announced their split after only 15 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
Just days after the initial filing, she filed a restraining order against the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, which included allegations of domestic abuse. The order was later dropped, and in the end, Heard donated her entire $7 million settlement from Depp to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
Settlement: $10 million After a short eight months, Given and Tyson ended their relationship. She reportedly received $10 million from the settlement, but could have gotten more according to this news clip. Givens said she didn’t marry Tyson for the money.
Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli
Settlement: $12.5 million The pair met on the set of the 1996 BBC drama Nostromo and were married one year later. In December of 2019, they announced they were separating after 22 years of marriage. Those close to the family weren’t entirely shocked though, due to the extramarital relationship Giuggioli had admitted she had with Italian journalist Marco Brancaccia, when she and Colin were separated between 2015 and 2016.
John Cleese and Alyce Faye Eichelberg
Settlement: $13 million The Monty Python star and his wife were divorced in 2009, and reportedly Cleese’s wife became richer than him after he handed her $19.7 million and $13 million in assets including a New York apartment, a home in London, and a beach house in Santa Barbara.
Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd
Lance Armstrong and Kristin Richard
Settlement: $14 million- Armstrong and Richard met in 1997 when he was battling testicular cancer. She quit her job and moved with him to France, where he went on the win the Tour de France five times during their marriage.
They were divorced in 2003, and Richard said in an interview, “Before I got divorced, I was personally unfamiliar with trial, or at least trial of serious, heart-wrenching proportions. I figured that life went smoothly if you tried hard, and if you messed up, or things weren’t working out, you just tried harder.”
Jeff Gordon and Brooke Sealey
Settlement: $15 million The Daytona 500 winner married Sealey in 1994, one year after they met. Eight years later, they were divorced, and Sealey received $15 million from the separation.
Michael Strahan and Jean Muggli
Settlement: $15.3 million The pair met when he was a defensive end for the New York Giants, and she worked at a spa in the city. “I figured either he was the cleanest man on the planet or he wanted to ask me out,” said Muggli per Page Six. They married in 1999 but announced they were splitting in 2006. Together they have two daughters, at the time, the court ordered the Good Morning America host to pay $18k/month in child support.
Matt Lauer and Annette Roque
Settlement: $20 million The pair married in October 1998 after meeting on a blind date. Two years after Lauer was fired from NBC for the numerous sexual assault allegations that came forward against him, Roque officially filed for divorce in July 2019. They have three children together. This wasn’t the first time she wanted to divorce the former Today host. She had previously filed for divorce in 2006 accusing Lauer of “cruel and inhumane acts,” according to Entertainment Tonight. They later reconciled.
Donald and Ivana Trump
Settlement: $20 million Current president Donald Trump has been married twice before Melania. His first marriage to Ivana Trump ended in 1992 following rumors of his affair with Marla Maples (who he ended up marrying a year later). They had three kids together—Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump.