Based on the lyrics from the songs they sing, or the characters they play in romantic comedies, you would think the real lives of celebrities are fairy tale affairs, complete with candlelight dinners, handwritten poems and everyone lives happily ever after.
From the blitzing headline break-up of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' 72-day marriage to the collapse of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's 25-year union, this past year was rife with storybook romances ending badly.
With these breakups, it's standard procedure to begin assessing assets and, eventually, splitting up real estate holdings. Here's a look at some of the celebrity couple's former love nests that may be hitting the real estate market soon.
Heidi and Seal appeared to be one of the celebrity couples that would "make it." Theirs was a marriage surprisingly free from tabloid rumors and scandals. They renewed their vows each year and gushed about their relationship in interviews. So, it came as a shock when the gorgeous couple made the announcement last week that their 7-year marriage was ending.
Their current home is a mansion that was a foreclosure. They snatched it up for $14.2 million in 2010. It includes some unique features, like a fireplace imported from Scotland that dates back to 1603, as well as the entire reassembled dining room from the Paris Pierre Hotel.
Whether the couple will keep the Brentwood property, above, as their home base for their four children remains to be seen.
When Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher married in 2005, it seemed to be an unlikely pairing. The brunette beauty was 43, the former "That 70′s Show" TV star was 27. A few years into their marriage, it appeared that age didn't matter for the smart and dedicated couple.
Earlier this year, rumors started to fly regarding Ashton's infidelity. The star first defended his marriage on Twitter until it became apparent that the rumors were more fact than fiction. Demi officially filed for divorce in mid-November.
Ashton and Demi never purchased property together; rather Ashton moved into Demi's longtime home in Beverly Hills, above, and listed his custom bachelor pad on the Beverly Glen real estate market for $2.6 million.
Even if Demi was interested in selling her home, it won't be any time soon; according to the latest celebrity gossip, she has her hands full with other things.
A reformed British bad boy and a darling pop star with a penchant for mischievous and catchy lyrics — Katy Perry and Russell Brand's union seemed just unusual enough to work. After a whirlwind romance, the two wed in India in a traditional Hindu ceremony.
However, stories of a rocky first-year plagued the couple as Perry was touring and Brand acted in "Arthur."
The two first lived in a stately Los Feliz mansion, a present from Brand to Perry when they were first dating. The couple listed the home in May 2011 for $3,395,000 and it sold for $3.3 million a few months later. Parallel to the sale, the couple purchased an intensely private love nest (below) in Hollywood Hills in June for $6.5 million, according to property listings.
According to reports, Russell is the one moving out but that doesn't guarantee that Katy will want to keep the enormous 7-bedroom, 9-bath home, above, for herself.
Although their 2004 wedding was very private, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez's divorce became very public. After being hitched in a secret ceremony, Marc and Jennifer went on to gush about their marriage for years and appeared as devoted spouses and parents. They formally announced their separation in 2011, and if the tabloid reports are true — have effectively moved on, each dating new (and younger) people.
The Hidden Hills home, above, will likely cause quite a stir when it goes up for sale. Over 17,000 square feet with 9 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, the home was previously featured in Veranda magazine.
When Scarlett Johannson and Ryan Reynolds announced their engagement in 2008, it seemed like an A-Lister match made in Hollywood heaven, akin to the beautiful pairing of Brad and Jennifer Aniston. Unfortunately, like Brad and Jen, the celebrity union didn't last and after three years of marriage, Johannson and Reynolds filed for divorce.
Built in 1969, Ryan and Scarlett bought their Los Feliz home in 2010 for $2.9 million. The mid-century modern "Wong House" was designed by Buff & Hensman and features walls of glass and patios with views of downtown L.A. The home was recently restored by the couple, who added eco-friendly amenities including solar power. The ultra-private 2-bed, 3-bath home is listed on the Los Feliz real estate market for $3.65 million.
Kobe and Vanessa's relationship weathered the Lakers' star admitted adultery in 2003, but after 10 years of marriage, the duo called it quits in mid-December. The breakdown of Kobe's marriage is having some unfortunate effects on his real estate holdings. According to a recent report, the titles of three of their Newport Beach mansions have been transferred to Vanessa's name.
They purchased their first home (shown below) in Newport Coast, CA, on October 1997 for $1.7 million. The estate, which is now valued at around $4.6 million, is situated on nearly half an acre and has 6 bedrooms.
In August 2003, the couple picked up another home just two short blocks away in the same gated community of Pelican Ridge for $2.65 million.
The couple purchased their last home for $9.54 million. The 4-floor ocean view home is still under construction and was designed with more than 14,000-square feet of living space.
The 25-year marriage of former body builder and Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and his wife, journalist and Kennedy family member Maria Shriver, exploded in a messy mistress and love child scandal this past summer, causing Maria to file for divorce and move out of the shared family home in Brentwood.
Although there have been rumors of reconciliation — the pair were spotted spending the holidays together — Maria is currently renovating a home she bought in Brentwood shortly after the split. If she's spied at their family home, it's only because she's visiting her children who currently live with Arnold.
The couple purchased the home, above, in 2002. The Mediterranean-style estate has 7 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms.
Their former home in Pacific Palisades hit the market earlier this year. Maria and Arnold purchased the 2.5-acre estate in 1986, the year of their marriage, and lived there until 2003, when they sold the home for just under $18 million.