Relationships are difficult, even for athletes. All the money in the world can’t keep a couple together. In fact, the money, fame, and busy schedules can make a relationship even more difficult to maintain. We can easily see that 2017 was a rough year for a lot of our athletes in the love department. Unfortunately, several sports relationships have dissolved recently. At least this means some seriously rich and talented athletes are on the market, so maybe there is some hope for us regular people.
Some of these couples were married while some were only dating. Some managed to end their relationships amicably and stayed classy throughout the process while others… did not. Unfortunately, some even had children involved in the breakup, which can't ever be easy to do. While this is a shame, we can only assume that the couples will continue to care for their children while trying to preserve their own happiness and well being.
Not every couple is broken up yet, but we can take an educated guess based on past experience. We have seen time and time again how the pressure to win/perform coupled with a demanding schedule and having millions of adoring fans throwing themselves at an athlete can make them think twice about staying in a committed relationship.
Here are 8 sports couples you didn’t know recently split (and 7 who are next).
15 Recently Split: Lala And Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Lala was a familiar face on MTV and plenty of other projects. When they got married in 2017, it seemed like a perfect match. However, after some ups and downs, the couple officially separated in 2017. No one has filed for divorce yet, so some people still have hope for the couple.
If there is any hope, Lala is certainly making him work for it. Carmelo has posted multiple flirtatious responses to her pictures on social media and expressed his admiration even calling Lala "my earth". Both parents make it a priority to be friendly for the sake of their son. Whether this couple decides to reconcile or file for divorce, it's good to see two parents who can put their own personal issues aside for the sake of their child.
14 Up Next: Kate Upton And Justin Verlander
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander first started dating supermodel Kate Upton in 2011. They got married this year in a gorgeous medieval church two days after he won the World Series. The couple clearly goes out of their way to have a beautiful life, but they haven't always had the best relationship. In 2013, the couple actually went their separate ways. Kate Upton even started dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy. In the end, Upton and Verlander reconciled and married. However, couples usually split up for a reason. The breakup and relationship in between must bring up some tension. Something tells me that they will have their ups and definitely their downs that will eventually result in a breakup. But maybe they’ll get back together after the next breakup, too.
13 Recently Split: Lindsey Vonn And Kenan Smith
Poor Lindsey Vonn just cannot seem to find luck in love. It was only a couple of years ago that she broke up with Tiger Woods after his cheating scandal, and it looks like she went through heartbreak again with L.A. Rams assistant coach Kenan Smith. They started dating just a year ago, and the couple has reportedly called it quits.
The breakup seemed to be full of emotion, with the Olympic skier writing several posts on social media recently indicating personal struggle. Her rep admitted to the media that Lindsey Vonn and Kenan Smith have indeed split up after about a year together. A rep for Vonn claimed that the couple broke up due to their busy schedules. Hopefully both can find time for their significant other in their next relationships.
12 Up Next: Nikki Bella And John Cena
Sure, she's gorgeous. She can also body slam people. I can kind of see why John Cena started dating Nikki Bella in 2012. She understands his lifestyle as a wrestler being a wrestler herself. However, anyone who has ever watched a single episode of Total Divas knows that it takes a special man to put up with her. She's high maintenance, not too bright, and overly possessive. Several reports have indicated that when John Cena had to do an intimate scene for an acting role, she was very unhappy. She also pressured John Cena into proposing in 2017 despite his clear objections due to his experience with his ex-wife. It does seem that she had to give up on being a mother, though, which probably comes up in conversation a lot. It's only a matter of time before John stops putting up with her behaviour.
11 Recently Split: Jennifer Hudson And David Otunga
Jennifer Hudson is a successful singer and winner of American Idol, and David Otunga was a professional wrestler and commentator. It seemed like a match made in heaven, and the couple eventually got engaged and had a child together in 2009. It looked like the couple would get married soon, but instead David Otunga and Jennifer Hudson have recently announced their divorce. It was not exactly an amicable split to say the least, and both sides have come out with surprising accusations about each other. Jennifer Hudson has even claimed that Otunga was physically abusive, but Otunga strongly denies all claims. Otunga claimed that Jennifer Hudson cheated on him, but she also denies those claims. Let's hope that they resolve everything peacefully so that their child doesn't suffer too much trauma.
10 Up Next: Ciara And Russell Wilson
Singer Ciara and football player Russell Wilson just celebrated their first wedding anniversary this past summer. Their wedding was beautiful, and their relationship is very well documented through social media. Ciara and Russell Wilson post everything online, and I mean everything. This is the annoying couple on Facebook that has to post selfies every day to prove how in love they are. Generally, when someone has to tell the world how happy they are - they're not.
Ciara has also shown a somewhat vindictive side in her custody battle with her baby’s father, Future. I hope that the constant social media posts are not her trying to rub her relationship in Future’s face. Hopefully, Wilson gets out before he gets too entwined in the drama.
9 Recently Split: Kaley Cuoco And Ryan Sweeting
Ryan Sweeting is a professional tennis player who married the blonde bombshell and Big Bang Theory actress Kale Cuoco in 2013 in a fire and ice themed wedding. Kaley even tattooed their wedding date on her back. They seemed to live the American Dream, but everybody has to wake up eventually. Reports say that the couple tried to go on dates to redeem the marriage, but it didn’t work. They finally split in 2016 after being married for only 21 months. Many reports have blamed a prescription pill addiction. The proceeding appeared to be relatively peaceful. Ryan Sweeting received $165,000 in two payments and his legal fees were covered. Kaley has seemed to move on and has been seen with equestrian Karl Cook. Hopefully, she doesn’t make the same tattoo mistake with her new boyfriend.
8 Up Next: Kim Zolciak And Kroy Biermann
We watched reality star Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann find love on The Real Housewives of Atlanta when she complimented his behind at a celebrity dancing contest. While she has a good point, that’s a pretty superficial way to start a relationship. Despite the hideous wig and her previous relationship with a mystery married man named “Big Papa”, Kroy took the plunge and the couple married on television in 2011. The couple has four children together, and Kim has two daughters from previous relationships. Kim left reality television because she was in love (and she didn’t need to work with Kroy’s NFL salary), but now that she’s back, we’re sure to find out plenty of relationship troubles. Hopefully, they stay strong, but I sure wouldn’t bet on it.
7 Recently Split: Adriana Lima And Marko Jarić
Marko Jarić is a Yugoslavia-born basketball player who surprisingly caught the eye of the beautiful Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima, and they got married in 2009. Many people were rooting for the couple and their two adorable daughters, but the couple eventually separated in 2014. The divorce was made official in 2016. They remain friends and seem to co-parent their girls effectively. It’s safe to say that both have moved on. In fact, Adriana Lima has been seen with various other men over the last couple of years including Joe Thomas, and she is currently dating Metin Hara. Looking at Adriana on the catwalk, something tells me that even at 36, she will never have any trouble getting a man. As a professional basketball player, I don’t think Marko Jarić has any trouble getting women either.
6 Up Next: Khloe Kardashian And Tristan Thompson
Frankly, I have bread in a cabinet with a longer shelf life than this couple. Khloe Kardashian started dating Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson in 2016, and she’s already pregnant. The relationship moved very quickly, and there seems to be a growing tradition in the family of getting pregnant before getting married. The relationship is doomed because of her family, the invasion of television cameras, and Khloe’s poor taste. Khloe has shown her horrible taste in men already with people like Lamar Odom and French Montana, and she's not exactly in an environment conducive to long-term relationships. She makes a living from reality television, beauty items, and generating more fans. All of those these are fleeting, and her relationship is too. Tristan says he wants a lot of kids, so hopefully they have a couple more before they split. Let’s hope that Tristan escapes unscathed and the baby can live a happy life
5 Recently Split: Olivia Munn And Aaron Rogers
Actress Olivia Munn and Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers started dating in 2014, making everyone else around them jealous with their attractiveness. However, good looks can't keep a couple together forever. They stayed a couple for three years, but they announced their split in May of 2017. Fortunately, they were never married and have no children.
Rogers has indicated that being in the public eye did not help their relationship. Munn was not received well by fans when he performed poorly in 2015, and some fans even blamed trouble at home and Olivia Munn for his blunders on the field. His reality star brother also spoke about his lack of relationship with Rogers. Rogers didn't seem to appreciate all the negative press. Aaron Rogers was recently seen with soccer player Maria Margolius. They have not officially stated that they are in a relationship yet.
4 Up Next: Stephanie McMahon And Triple H
Stephanie McMahon is the daughter of famed wrestling personality Vince McMahon, so she is essentially wrestling royalty. She has also been heavily involved in wrestling herself and is a professional wrestler. It was no surprise when she started to date fellow professional wrestler, Triple H. In fact, their relationship was scripted before it became real. They got married on October 25, 2003. They also have three children together.
If this seems like the perfect relationship, you obviously haven’t watched their relationship play out on television. The show made Stephanie out to be a nagging partner and a liar, and their storyline even included a divorce at one point. Even if scripted, it cannot be good for a relationship to be so scrutinized on television.
3 Recently Split: Audrina Patridge And Corey Bohan
Audrina Patridge married BMX star Corey Bohan less than a year ago, and they have unfortunately already called it quits. They started dating almost ten years ago in 2008. Their relationship was always passionate, and their troubles were even documented on a reality television show in 2011. Once the cameras left, the couple reconciled in December of 2011. They got married in 2016, and they even had a child together. The dramatic couple still had trouble, though. Audrina filed for divorce in September of 2017 and even felt the need to ask for a temporary restraining order, citing a violent incident as the reason. While the split was obviously difficult, we hope their passion for their daughter is stronger than their anger toward each other.
2 Up Next: Isabella Morris And LiAngelo Ball
Oh, young love. LiAngelo Ball is a rising star in basketball with award-winning genes. He is the younger brother of Lonzo Ball from the Los Angeles Lakers. LiAngelo has been growing his name in his own right, though, playing for UCLA. He has been dating his adorable girlfriend Isabela Morris who is 17 years old, and he’s 18. Recently, LiAngelo created an international media storm when he and two other teammates got caught shoplifting in China, ending up jailed. Isabela Morris has been extraordinarily supportive for now. After facing a suspension and a serious stain on his reputation, it might be a lot for a young girl to handle. It would be more surprising if they actually stayed together. Hopefully, they enjoy their time together while it lasts.
1 Recently Split: Kerry Rhodes And Nicky Whelan
This one is kind of like getting the band-aid treatment, in that they at least got it over with quickly. After less than six months together in blissful matrimony, the former NFL star Kerry Rhodes and Australian actress Nicky Whelan were clearly done with being an item. It has been reported that they don't appear to be interested in cleaning each other out either, as both parties refused spousal support and don't even want to split their assets. This kind of makes sense given the short duration of the marriage. They seemed to only have one thing in common, as Rhodes tried his hand at acting after his football career, but one positive from this break up is that they didn't wait too long to get it over with.