These Messy Musician Break-Ups Will Make Your Relationship Problems Seem Nonexistent

Love is a battlefield.

Breaking up is never easy to do. You’ll fight, cry and maybe even hurl an inanimate object at a wall in the process. However, no matter how tense your relationship gets, we guarantee you it has nothing on the chaotic splits between these music stars. From infidelity allegations to proposal confusion and lyric shade, one thing is very clear: When artists break up, they really break up. Hard.

  • 1 Nelly and Ashanti
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    Nelly and Ashanti broke up in 2010 after 10 years of dating. From an interview Ashanti did with Meredith Vieira in March 2015, it doesn’t seem like the split was amicable. Quite the opposite, actually. “I think sometimes when people have their own insecurities it allows them to act out of character. I’ve been betrayed,” she said. “…I’m not a big fan of people being cowards.” Yikes, A. What went down that you’re not telling us?

  • 2 The Dream and Christina Milian
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    The Dream and Milian were married for 10 months before ending it. Why so short? Well, one reason was The Dream getting caught cheating on Milian with his assistant on a beach. And the worst part? It all went down just months after Milian gave birth to their daughter Violet Madison Nash. Milian received a $4 million divorce settlement, according to Essence.

  • 3 Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas
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    Swift and Jonas’ break-up in 2009 inspired a lyrical tête-à-tête of melodramatic proportions. Swift referenced her relationship with the eldest JoBro in her song “Forever & Always,” singing, “Did I say something way too honest, made you run and hide/Like a scared little boy.” She also took some shots in “Better Than Revenge,” which was more of a song about Jonas’ then-girlfriend Camilla Belle.

  • 4 Nas and Kelis
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    Nas and Kelis were hip-hop’s golden couple–until they got divorced in 2009. That’s when things got ugly. The “Milkshake” rapper accused Nas of abandoning her mid-pregnancy and hinted at infidelity via Twitter. Nas ultimately hit back with his album Life Is Good (2012), where he posed with Kelis’ wedding dress on the cover. The green one.

  • 5 Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
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    Stefani and Rossdale divorced following the revelation he cheated on her with their nanny. “I got a divorce, which was completely not in the plan at all,” Stefani told Elvis Duran in December 2015. “I don’t know. For me, it surely wasn’t. A shock. A horrible, crazy year and explosion in my life.”

  • 6 Ciara and Future
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    If you go on the Internet even for five minutes, then you know Ciara and Future dated, broke up and now are shady toward each other all over social media. Future called Ciara a “b–ch” with “control problems” on Twitter, and Ciara fired back with a $15 million lawsuit. The bad blood between these two isn’t dying down.

  • 7 Chris Brown and Rihanna
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    Brown and RiRi were R&B’s royal couple until things took a turn at the 2009 Grammy Awards when they got into a heated, physical fight. Things got worse in 2012 when Breezy posted a video saying he loved two women at the same time (RiRi and his then-girlfriend Karrueche Tran). This led to one of the messiest pop culture love triangles of all time. Who can forget the time Brown literally left Tran at his own house to attend a basketball game with Rihanna?

  • 8 Big Sean and Naya Rivera
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    Rumors of animosity swirled the second Big Sean and Rivera called off their engagement in 2014. Rivera didn’t exactly help diffuse when she tweeted in April 2014 about Big Sean stealing her jewelry because she made more money. Shade, shade! To add insult to injury, Rivera married now-husband Ryan Dorsey only months after breaking up with Big Sean. Sean started dating Ariana Grande in October 2014, but they broke up eight months later.

  • 9 Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo
    Their 2014 break-up was very messy. There were allegations about infidelity that Derulo eventually shot down. According to Us Weekly, Derulo broke up with Sparks over the phone. There was also BMW-gate: Sparks claimed the car Derulo bought her for Christmas was actually leased, and she had to return it. Derulo clapped back by posting sales receipts, asserting the vehicle was paid in full.

  • 10 Jordin Sparks (again) and Sage the Gemini
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    She and Sage broke up in February 2016 after about nine months of dating. Sage took things to a desperate level when he posted a lengthy “love letter” to Sparks on Instagram essentially begging her to take him back. reports a recording of Sage bashing his relationship with Sparks to ex Curium Hurley leaked weeks later, where he allegedly said he wanted to stab her.

  • 11 Mary J. Blige and K-Ci
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    Blige’s tumultuous relationship with K-Ci–which included violence on both their ends–heavily influenced her 1994 album My Life. It’s hard to forget the union. MadameNoire reports K-Ci told The Breakfast Club Blige used to break up his hotel parties and picked fights with fans who touched him. Plus, remember the engagement awkwardness? Blige started publicly saying she and K-Ci were engaged; he flat-out denied it.