Celebrities are the masters of hush-hush weddings.
With their secret nuptials exchanged in discreet locales, lovestruck stars are able to keep their wedded bliss hidden for weeks, months, and even years. But when that pretty little knot they tied privately starts to unravel, there's nowhere to hide.
Divorces are public fodder -- with fans and foes alike feeding on every juicy tidbit.
Irreconcilable differences play out on magazine covers, on social media and in obscure blog posts entitled "Conscious Uncoupling," as in the case of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.
And when devoted wedlock turns into divorce deadlock the breakup ceases to be amicable.
A-listers Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon separated in May and are now rumored to be sparring over property, spousal support and "dem babies," though they still haven't filed the necessary official paperwork to finalize their split.
From their unlikely union that initially seemed to beat the odds to committed couplings that lasted over two decades, we're trotting out the parting pairs whose fairytale Hollywood marriages have faded to black in 2014.
Celebrity Divorces of 2014
Hollywood endings: Celebrities who divorced in 2014
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey separated in May and have reportedly been working out the terms of their divorce with lawyers. The unlikely duo originally exchanged vows in 2008.
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Paula Patton and Robin Thicke first announced their separation in February through a joint statement and Patton followed up with a divorce filing in October. The pair had been dating since they were teenagers and share one child together.
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Model Amber Rose filed from divorce from rapper Wiz Khalifa after a little more than a year of wedded bliss. The pair, who called it quits in September, share a child.
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Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell split after two years of marriage with their rep stating they, "will of course remain committed to co-parenting their son."
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Will Arnett officially ended his marriage to comic Amy Poehler when he filed for divorce in April 2014, although the funny pair originally separated in 2012.
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"We have thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalize our almost twenty years marriage in a loving and friendly manner..." Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas said in a joint statement after Griffith filed for divorce in June.
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Pamela Anderson filed for divorce from Rick Salomon -- for the second time -- in 2014. The couple was married for two months in 2007 before having the marriage annulled.
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Musician Jewel took to her website to announce her divorce from World Champion rodeo cowboy Ty Murray, writing "We wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together." The duo ended things in July but appear to still be friendly.
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After 13 years of marriage actress Angie Harmon and former NFL player Jason Sehorn decided to separate in November. The longtime lovebirds, who have three young children, asked for privacy at the time of their split.
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Katharine McPhee and Nick Cokas were married for six years before separating for a year and the American Idol alum's divorce filing in May. McPhee notably stepped out with her married "Smash" director Michael Morris during her separation.
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"Twilight" star Nikki Reed and "American Idol" alum Paul McDonald lived separately for six months due to "work obligations," before announcing their divorce in May.
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“After long and careful consideration, we have decided to separate after five years of marriage," Adriana Lima and former NBA star Marko Jaric shared in a joint statement in May.
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Rhonda Forlaw sought primary custody of the her three children with her husband Trace Adkinds when she filed for divorce from him in May after 16 years of marriage.
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Lamar Sally requested that his prenup be invalidated, based on "fraud," when he filed for divorce from former "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd in the fall. The pair were also involved in a custody battle over their baby.
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High school sweethearts, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sara Kapfer split after 20 years of marriage and three children together. The two walked away from matrimonial bliss in April.
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Lauren (née Skaar) Vartan filed for divorce from Michael Vartan just three days after their third wedding anniversary.
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Erika Jackson filed the divorce papers citing “irreconcilable differences," after 18 years of marriage to former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson.
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Sofia Karstens and Jason London called it quits in early February of 2014, saying they need time to "focus on some growth independently."
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An "irretrievable breakdown" was the reason cited for the break up of the 17-year marriage between Tea Leoni and David Duchovny in June. Leoni later said that she would always love her ex and their kids were most important to both of them. The duo are parents to Kyd Miller, 12, and Madelaine West, 15.
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After 36 years of marriage, musician Neil Young filed for divorce from his wife and frequent collaborator, Pegi Young, who inspired his songs "Such a Woman" and "Once an Angel."