There is an inherent suck to a break up, whether it is a relationship still in the dating stages, an engagement or a marriage — they are all hard to get through. And if there’s anything a celebrity knows, it’s that there’s no immunity to breaking up, or having to do it somewhat publicly. We’ve assembled a list of nine, very well known celebrities, ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s where the story remains the same: a spike in success can be enjoyed after a breakup, and sometimes the breakup may serve as a catalyst to different life success.
7. Ellen DeGeneres
Before Ellen offered her grand coming out via Oprah, then to Oprah on her own sitcom, she starred opposite fellas as a love interest, and nobody thought anything of it. After her announcement that she into the ladies, it didn’t take too long before the world was privy to her relationship with Anne Heche, whose relationship with Ellen was odd, because Anne had had only dated men prior to meeting Ellen. You could see that at some point, the ball was going to drop. The loving soul that is Ellen stayed with Anne for three years, and then Anne bailed from the relationship, stating that she wasn’t really a lesbian, but struggled with some issues from her past. Ellen had to have been crushed, but she dusted off the rubble and launched into the beginnings of what now serves as one of the most popular daytime TV talk shows of all time.