Celeb Couples Who Opened Up About Their Relationship Issues

Sarah Kester
Jada and Will Smith posing with a friend
instagram | Jada Pinkett Smith

If the court case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is any indication, some celebs have no problem airing out their dirty laundry.

This could be the ups and downs they went through before getting married, the difficulties of married life, or shade was thrown after a breakup.

For all the juicy deets, here are celeb couples who had no problem opening up about their relationship issues.

1. Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling

Although the couple is usually very private, Ryan shared a rare glimpse into their relationship during his acceptance speech for his performance in La La Land.

He shared that his dedication to the film caused pressure on Eva.

While he was having fun filming, she was taking care of their kids and her sick brother.

Ryan Gosling acceptance
Giphy | Golden Globes

"If she hadn't taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here. Sweetheart, thank you," he said.

2. Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
Giphy | America's Got Talent

While the couple is considered relationship goals, they've gone through hard times like the rest of us.

A huge part of this happened when Dwyane had to tell Gabrielle that he fathered a child with another woman when they were on a break.

3. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Justin Timberlake and Justin Timberlake on the set of Candy
instagram | Justin Timberlake

The couple was on-again and off-again many times before getting married.

For instance, they took a break in 2011. During that time, Justin expressed regret over not having her in an interview with Vanity Fair. The pair got married in 2012.

Hard times happened when JT was photographed holding hands with his co-star, Alisha Wainwright.

With their drama in the public eye, the couple had no choice but to be open about their relationship issues. This led the former N'SYNC singer to apologize for his behavior.

4. Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin

Justin and Hailey Bieber embracing
instagram | Justin Bieber

The couple went through many ups and downs before they made it down the aisle. They have said that their 2016 breakup was a time when "there was so much hurt and so much pain."

5. Steve Harvey And Marjorie Harvey

Steve Harvey And Marjorie Harvey
Giphy | Steve Harvey TV

In case you didn't know, the Family Feud host was very poor at the start of his career. This meant that, despite meeting his dream girl in 1990, he couldn't date his wife, Marjorie, until he was more stable with his finances.

6. Jay-Z And Beyoncé

Being that they're both artists, Jay-Z And Beyoncé took an artistic direction to air out their relationship troubles to the world.

On Beyoncé’s "Lemonade" album, she sang about Jay's infidelity, with references to "Becky with the good hair."

Jay-Z’s also sang about the affair and their reconciliation on his reflective "4:44" album.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé at awards show
Giphy | DAZN

In a CNN interview, he said, “You can either address it or you can pretend until it blows up, at some point. And you know, for us, we chose to fight for our love, for our family, to give our kids a different outcome.”

7. Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen

Elisabeth Moss on stage at an award show holding her award
Giphy | Emmys

The Handmaid's Tale actress has minced no words when it comes to her failed marriage to the SNL alum.

It was a whirlwind marriage, one that only lasted for two years, from 2009 to 2011.

Things did not end amicably, as Moss has called their marriage "traumatic."

Elisabeth Moss in Handsmaids Tale
Giphy | HULU

She told Vulture: “Looking back, I feel like I was really young, and at the time I didn’t think that I was that young." When asked if she still keeps in touch with Armisen, she said, “Oh, God, no."

8. Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom holding hands
instagram | Katy Perry

Although the couple is currently engaged and share a daughter together, that's not to say that they haven't had their ups and downs throughout the years.

They took a break in 2017 after over a year and a half of dating.

"There's a lot of friction between my partner and I, but that friction breeds something beautiful. It can breed a lot of light, you know?" Katy stated after they reconciled.

"It's just one of those relationships. I don't know about anyone else who's listening, what kind of relationships they've had — and I've had many — but it's like we basically, we get down to the mat and come back up every time."

9. Kandi Burruss And Todd Tucker

Kandi and Todd on red carpet
instagram | Kandi

As a cast member of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, there was no hiding Kandi's relationship woes with her husband.

Todd believed that Kandi needed to spend more time with the family, which led to the couple filming themselves going to couple’s therapy.

10. Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell showing socks
Giphy | Omaze

When the Parenthood actor relapsed after being sober for 16 years, he hid the secret from everyone close to him ⁠— including his wife.

"I felt so terrible about the lying,” Shepard said after coming clean. “I was just very scared and I felt very, very lonely.”

11. Samuel L. and LaTanya Jackson

When the actor struggled with substance abuse, this largely affected his relationship with his wife and daughter. His daughter even found him high and lying on the kitchen floor one time.

In the end, it was his wife who helped him get sober, as she was the one who took him to rehab.

12. Chris Evans and Jenny Slate

Chris Evans in Gifted smiling out of the car
Giphy | Searchlight Pictures

While dating Captain America sounds like a dream to, well, everyone, the media coverage got to be too much for the Bob's Burgers star. She told Vanity Fair that she didn't like all the fanfare and criticism.

13. Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray

Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray on One Tree Hill

Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray weren't meant to be. The One Tree Hill co-stars were married for only five months before they separated.

"We were two stupid kids who had no business being in a relationship in the first place," Bush has said.

14. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris

Taylor Swift in a music video singing

In now-deleted tweets, Calvin Harris dragged his ex girlfriend, Taylor Swift through the mud just after their breakup.

He wrote things like, "I figure if you're happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex-bf down for something to do."

15. Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney

Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones Diary

The actress was married to country singer Kenny Chesney for 128 days.

Their marriage was annulled after four months, with "fraud" being cited as the reason. Zellweger has referred to their marriage as “the biggest personal mistake of my life.”

16. Tristan Thompson and Khloé Kardashian

The couple's dirty laundry has been aired out several times over the years.

Most recently, the NBA star issued an apology to Khloé after it was revealed that he had fathered a child behind her back.

“I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both publicly and privately,” Thompson wrote to his 3.5 million followers.

Khloé Kardashian eye roll
Giphy | KUWTK

“Khloé, you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation I have caused you. You don’t deserve the way I have treated you over the years."

17. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada and Will Smith posing with a friend
instagram | Jada-Pinkett Smith

The Smiths aired out all of their dirty laundries when Will joined Jada on her show, Red Table Talk.

They revealed that they were separated and that Jada had an "entanglement" with singer August Alsina during this time.

Pinkett-Smith said she was "in a lot of pain" and was "very broken" during the relationship with Alsina.

Eventually, Will and Jada got back together.

"I feel like there are a lot of couples that go through those periods. And a lot of couples that separate and think it's over. One thing I'll say about you and I is that there's never been secrets," she said.