They had everything one could wish for – money, fame, talent, and beauty.
But becoming an international star also comes with its hitches. For these celebrities, their career took a notable nosedive not mainly because of their own actions, but largely due to their controversial relationships.
Here are 5 superstars whose careers went up in flames just because of love:
The American television host and actress fainted on live television last November and attributed it to menopause and overheating in her Halloween costume.
Her health concern arose after people claimed that she is not her usual self anymore following news that her husband, Kevin Hunter had been carrying on a decade-long affair. The TV personality’s husband was said to be living part-time with her in New Jersey and part-time with his mistress, a massage therapist.
People have expressed shock that the ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ host would still decide to stick by her husband despite his cheating. She even till now puts on a smiling face when she appears on her show but sources say behind the screen, the outspoken talk show host often looks gloomy.
The former Ivorian international and Arsenal defender disclosed in an interview last December about his bitter divorce that cost him everything he had including his three children who he has not heard from since June.
The 34-year-old said that his wife Aurelie took everything including mansions, cars and their first house in North London where he has been ordered by a court to surrender ownership. Eboue admitted that he was on the brink of suicide after his incident that followed a year’s ban by FIFA for failing to pay a reported €1million owed to his former agent Sebastien Boisseau.
He blamed “naivety” for his plight saying he entrusted his finances to his wife and she managed all the contracts he signed which left him vulnerable in her hands.
The once glorious footballer was subsequently offered a coaching job by his former Turkish club Galatasaray after hearing about his situation.
The global superstar died at the age of 48 after drowning in a bathtub in 2012. She achieved lots of success in the 1980s and 90s, selling over 170 million albums and starring in the famous movie, The Bodyguard.
But things took a different turn in her later years when she had to struggle with alcohol abuse and drugs. An autopsy report into her death revealed that heart disease and cocaine use contributed to her death.
But what many have described as her downfall was her marriage to Bobby Brown in 1992. Basically, the marriage between the two was associated with drugs, constant fighting, and other weird behaviours.
Houston in an interview after their divorce admitted that she eventually stopped caring about her music career. The drug use got so bad that even when she got out of that toxic marriage, it ruined her career until her demise.
He became the youngest heavyweight boxing champion of the world in 1986 when he was 20. In 1990, he lost his first fight and served three years in prison over rape charges. He had then become complacent and was being destroyed by alcohol and drugs. His name further came into disrepute after biting a boxer’s ear during a rematch in 1997.
But what was his biggest nemesis were his struggles with women. His first wife, actor Robin Givens divorced him in 1989 over allegations of sexual abuse. She demanded access to Tyson’s money for a down payment on a $3 million home in New Jersey. Tyson’s game started falling apart and he became increasingly violent.
His second wife, Monica Turner filed for divorce in 2003 after six years of marriage over accusations of adultery. Tyson, that same period, filed for bankruptcy following his excessive spending and even sold his mansion in Farmington, Connecticut.
He had to sleep on couches of friends before getting to Phoenix, Arizona, where he bought a home. He raised money through the endorsement of products and making of cameos on television and in boxing exhibitions.