Take The Money And Run: The 20 Costliest Divorces In Music History

  • Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee-Simmons

  • Nas and Kelis

  • Britney Spears and Kevin Federline

  • Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey

  • The Dream and Christina Milian

  • Dan Auerbach and Stephanie Gonis

  • Ronnie Wood and Jo Wood

  • Janet Jackson and Rene Elizondo

  • Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall

  • Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter

  • Jennifer Lopez and Chris Judd

  • Bruce Springsteen and Julianne Phillips

  • Lionel Richie and Diana Richie

  • Elton John and Renate Blauel

  • Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey

  • Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

  • Kenny Rogers and Marianne Gordon

  • Madonna and Guy Ritchie

  • Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl

  • Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey

Last week we celebrated Valentine’s Day by bringing you the most romantic moments in heavy metal. But now Cupid has flown, the long holiday weekend is over, and it’s snowing out. So it seemed like a pretty good time to follow up the lovey dovey with a healthy dose of realism. Yes, it’s time to take a look at the most expensive divorces in music history!

Some long-time music marriages resulted in major payouts, but then there were some who made bank in the blink of an eye! There was Paul McCartney’s infamous union to Heather Mills, but the title for the quickest goes to back-up dancer Cris Judd,  was only married to Jennifer Lopez for just 8 months! And we can’t forget Janet Jackson’s marrage to Rene Elizondo, Jr., which was kept so secret that we didn’t even know about it until after the divorce was finalized!

It’s true that sometimes love does go bad, but these artists prove that tickets to Splitsville don’t come cheap. Head up to the gallery above for the 20 of the biggest divorce settlements ever. In the words of Kanye West, “We want prenup!”

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