16 Heartbreaking Celebrity Quotes On Divorce

'It was like a death in the family: You go through the mourning stage, then the rebellion, and then all of a sudden you have to find life by yourself.'

1. "You don't want to break up with someone, you don't want to end a marriage, especially if you really like the person; you just know that something's off so you try to change everything else." —Olivia Wilde on her divorce from Tao Ruspoli, in an interview on The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet 

2. "The end of a marriage has got to be one of the saddest events one can experience. I've heard that the pain [of divorce] is second only to an actual death in the family, and that sounds about right." —Danica McKellar, on her divorce from Mike Verta, on her website

3. "Looking back, I feel like I was really young, and at the time I didn't think that I was that young. It was extremely traumatic and awful and horrible. At the same time, it turned out for the best. I'm glad that I'm not there. I'm glad that it didn't happen when I was 50. I'm glad I didn't have kids. And I got that out of the way. Hopefully. Like, that's probably not going to happen again." —Elisabeth Moss, on her divorce from Fred Armisen, to New York Magazine

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4. "There's no pain or failure like going through a divorce." —Jennifer Lopez on her divorce from Marc Anthony, in the HBO documentary Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again 

5. "I feel I know now more of what I need in a relationship, what I want in a relationship. And I know I have more tools to communicate, not just with my partner, but with myself. That's not necessarily any reflection of who I was married to or what was happening in my marriage, but really where I was in my life." —Scarlett Johansson on her divorce from Ryan Reynolds, to Glamour  

6. "In my divorce, I stood up and said to my ex-wife, 'Hey, I messed up. This had nothing to do with you. I didn't understand what marriage was. I cheated. I was wrong.' We couldn't fix it; it got worse. I stepped away because I didn't want it to get any worse. 'You're the mother of my kids—I don't want to hate you.'" —Kevin Hart, on his divorce from Torrei Hart, to Upscale Magazine

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7. "It was like a death in the family: You go through the mourning stage, then the rebellion, and then all of a sudden you have to find life by yourself." —Jessica Simpson, on her divorce from Nick Lachey, to Glamour 

8. "I think that divorce is hard for anyone. It's a nightmare, it just is, and you can pretend you're fine. And days you're great [and] days you're not great." —Nicole Kidman on her divorce from Tom Cruise, to Oprah 

9. "People say, 'Oh, God, how devastating to go through a divorce.' Did I wish for this to happen to my family? No. But everyone is healthy; we're moving on with our lives." —Heidi Klum, on her divorce from Seal, to Marie Claire 

10. "Anyone who gets divorced goes through a lot of pain, but you come out of it." —Ryan Reynolds on his divorce from Scarlett Johansson, to Details

11. "There are many stages of grief. It's sad, something coming to an end. It cracks you open, in a way—cracks you open to feeling. When you try to avoid the pain, it creates greater pain. I'm a human being, having a human experience in front of the world. I wish it weren't in front of the world. I try really hard to rise above it." —Jennifer Aniston on her divorce from Brad Pitt, to Vanity Fair 

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12. "Divorce in and of itself, and with children, is devastating. Worse than that. One of the reasons why we got back together and broke up so much was trying to keep the family together. If you've got kids, it's a family, and you try again, and you try again. We did that for a long time." —Robin Wright, on her divorce from Sean Penn, to Telegraph

13. "[Divorce] was emotionally traumatic for me. It was the death of a dream. I was in fairy tale land, and the reality of it wasn't so. But I don't really like talking about it anymore, because it feels like a thousand lifetimes ago, and also it makes me look desperate, like I need it for attention." —Katy Perry, on her divorce from Russell Brand, to Rolling Stone

14. "The process of discovering with somebody that you love that you don't work is so painful." —Kate Hudson on her divorce from Chris Robinson, to Vogue

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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