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RIP Brangelina, Hiddleswift, James and Mariah: Biggest celebrity splits of 2016

Karl Stefanovic and Cassandra Thorburn separated after 21 years together. Photo: Cole BennettsTerror attacks; Donald Trump; deaths of Prince, David Bowie and Alan Rickman; Zika; Brexit; police shootings; Harambe shot – if 2016 wasn’t bad enough, it was also the year that love died when a number of our favourite celebrity couples decided to call it quits.
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Actors Brad Pitt, 52, and Angelina Jolie, 41, was the highest profile split of the year and one that no one really saw coming – not even Pitt himself, it seems. There is no sign of an amicable divorce between Hollywood’s former golden couple, dubbed Brangelina, who were together for 12 years and married for two.

He was accused of child abuse after an incident on a private plane with their oldest son, Maddox, 15, but cleared by the FBI. He has since applied for joint custody of their six children.

While it wasn’t a major shock that highly unlikely pair n billionaire James Packer, 49, and megastar Mariah Carey, 46, aka Jamiah, didn’t last the distance. But the singer ain’t having no Breakdown over her failed engagement to the casino mogul, and has either gone public with her new man, back-up dancer Bryan Tanaka, or is showing off her shrewd business skills by staging a new relationship to help promote her E! reality TV show, Mariah’s World.

Taylor Swift, 27, had an admirably strong boyfriend game this year when she left one high-profile relationship with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, 32, for another – The Night Manager’sTom Hiddleston, 35. Neither Brit worked out for the Bad Blood Queen, but she’s all good with her her girl squad and it gives her plenty of song material.

Channel Nine Today show presenter Karl Stefanovic split from his wife Cassandra Thorburn after 21 years together. The 42-year-old moved out of the family home he shared with Thorburn, 44, and three children in around August and moved into best friend, James Packer’s Bondi Beach apartment. He has recently been linked to engaged food blogger, Sofia Levin, 27, but both have denied those claims and say they are just “good friends”.

The break-up of Naomi Watts, 48, and Liev Schreiber, 49, was another sore point. The pair, who never wed, were together for 11 years and have two children, Alexander “Sasha”, 9, and Samuel, 7. They have been pictured hanging out together with their boys in New York.

Fifteen months after their Bahamas wedding, Amber Heard, 30, filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, 53, in May accusing him of domestic abuse throughout their four-year relationship. Days later, she attended court with a bruised face to obtain a temporary restraining order against Depp, alleging he had repeatedly hit her and thrown a mobile phone at her during a fight.

See what other couples didn’t make it to 2017 by checking our “Love is dead: Celebrity break-ups 2016” gallery.