The flames of love were extinguished for many couples in 2019, but no one had as high profile a breakup and meltdown as Wendy Williams this year.
After nearly 22 years of marriage, the talk show host famously filed for divorce from her husband, Kevin Hunter. Their relationship started out as a fairytale romance in 1995, followed by a wedding in November 1997. But by the end of 2019, their lives had been turned upside down.
The end began when Williams took a six-week hiatus from her talk show in January to focus on her health. The 55-year-old suffers from Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism, as well as lymphedema, a non-fatal condition that causes swelling of the lower extremities.
But as early as January, rumors started to swirl that Hunter got his secret mistress, Sharina Hudson, pregnant — a claim which both he and Williams denied at the time.
While continuing her denial, in February, Williams quietly changed her last name – dropping the "Hunter" from "Wendy Williams-Hunter" in both digital communications and in public/on-air.
A month later, the Wendy Williams Show host broke down onstage, telling her viewers and fans that she's been receiving treatment at a sober house for her addiction issues – and living apart from Kevin.
"Only Kevin and Kevin (Jr.) have known about this. Not my parents, nobody. Nobody knew. Because I look so glamorous out here," she admitted on-air at the time. "After I finished my appointments, seeing my brothers and sisters, breaking bread, I am driven by my 24-hour sober coach back to the home that I live in here in the Tri-state with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family."
As Radar soon discovered, this wasn't the first time Hunter was accused of cheating on Williams. In the outspoken host's 2001 memoir, "Wendy's Got The Heat", she recalled catching Hunter having an affair one month after their son was born.
Williams learned of the affair after catching Hunter on the phone with a mysterious female in the middle of the night.
"No woman deserves this," she wrote. "I wanted to kill him. I mean really kill him. For real. I wanted to kill him more because I was in the process of breaking my Number One Rule: No Cheating."
Finally, on Wednesday, April 10, Williams shocked fans by officially filing for divorce from Hunter, following her rehab nightmare and Hunter's cheating scandal.
Williams' drawn out divorce drama may have been the most public breakup of the year, but it certainly wasn't the only one. Take a look back at some of the most vicious divorce and custody battles in this RadarOnline.com gallery.
Jenelle Evans & David Eason
While not quite divorced yet, there seems little hope of reconciliation for Jenelle Evans and David Eason, especially after the former Teen Mom 2 star had her restraining order against her ex extended into the new year.
As Radar previously reported, Evans moved from North Carolina to Tennessee and filed an initial restraining order against Eason on October 31, 2019. That same day, she announced their separation on social media.
The divorce filing came after Eason shot and killed the family dog, Nugget, in April.
Matt Lauer & Annette Roque
The only regret Matt Lauer's ex-wife Annette Roque has is that she didn't divorce the disgraced philanderer sooner! The former Today show host admitted to multiple extramarital affairs in 2019, and watched as his professional and personal lives crumbled around him.
Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth
Though they dated for more than a decade, their marriage never made it to their first anniversary.
Jim & Meghan King Edmonds
On October 25, former baseball star Jim Edmonds filed for divorce from Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds, just one day after the pair celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary.
Their split came months after the baseball star admitted to exchanging inappropriate texts with a woman. At the end of November, the two agreed to a 50/50 custody split, even though Meghan was reportedly "not happy" with the deal.
"Meghan didn't want Jim to get equal/joint custody, but that's exactly what happened," an insider dished to Radar exclusively. "She expected him to get less because she's been saying he can't handle it, but he's doing just fine."
Sarah & Todd Palin
The oil field production operator filed for divorce in September, citing "incompatibility of temperament between the parties" as the reason for their split.
MacKenzie & Josh McKee
MacKenzie McKee and husband Josh McKee ended their relationship in August, the Teen Mom OG star revealed on Twitter. "I would like to say, that due to stress, me needing to stay focused, the media, etc. I am deciding my marriage needs a break," she wrote at the time. "My heart breaks for my kids. But as of right now, this is what's best. Thank you."
The split came after Mackenzie denied cheating rumors, after a woman claimed Josh was caught with a mystery blonde at the Thirsty Armadillo located at The Stockyards in Forth Worth, Texas on Saturday, April 27th.
The two have since seemingly rekindled their romance.
Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan
Channing Tatum has some strict demands when it came to the custody agreement he has with ex-wife Jenna Dewan.
The Magic Mike star is requesting to establish a FaceTime schedule with Everly and is demanding to keep the 6-year-old off both his and Dewan's social media accounts. The non-custodial parent must also call Everly either through phone or FaceTime every day from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., while the other parent should make sure she is available at that time.
The actors — who married on July 11, 2009 and publicly announced their separation on April 2, 2018 — have agreed to share custody of their only child, alternating holidays and vacations.
Fergie & Josh Duhamel
It took over two years, but Fergie and Josh Duhamel finalized their divorce on Friday, Nov. 22. The couple, who were married for 8 years, dragged their feet in their divorce proceedings so long the case was in danger of being dismissed.
A source previously told Radar exclusively that trouble began in their relationship when Fergie started "devoting herself day and night to her music." While she worked, Duhamel often felt left behind.
Kathryn Dennis & Thomas Ravenel
After Thomas Ravenel was fired from Southern Charm following several claims of sexual assault, he sued the network and production company to stop ex-wife Kathryn Dennis from discussing their personal issues on the show.
While his ex does indeed remain on Southern Charm, she was hit with a legal blow in her custody battle with Ravenel, after a shocking court ruling ordered that Dennis must have a nanny supervise all of her visitation time with Kensie and Saint, the children she shares with her ex.
Jeremy Renner & Sonni Pacheco
Jeremy Renner's ex-wife wants full custody of their daughter and is asking the judge to allow the actor only supervised visits with the little girl, according to court documents previously obtained by Radar.
The Bourne Legacy star's ex, Sonni Pacheco, filed documents in the Los Angeles Superior Court on September 10, 2019 asking the judge to change their custody order for their daughter Ava.
After a contentious divorce, Pacheco asked for "legal custody" and "physical custody" of her daughter with Renner, meaning she would like Renner to have a monitor when he is with Ava.