Divorce Monday, and Who Broke Up in 2021

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Monday, Jan 3 2022 by

The first Monday in January is known as “Divorce Monday” because so many people file for divorce as soon as they can after the holidays.

In honor of this macabre milestone, let’s take a look at some of the couples who didn’t make it to the end of 2021.

Kim and Kanye

Perhaps the biggest breakup of the year is the separation of Kim and Kanye West. After six years of marriage, the celebrity powerhouse couple filed for divorce. While both parties have moved on, Kanye still seems interested in making it work.

Since she filed for divorce in February, Kim has continued to live in the family’s massive Hidden Hills mansion that was finally completed in 2020. The renovations took six years, and now the house is valued at up to $60 million!

The home is unique, to say the least, with sinks that don’t have basins, closets the size of living rooms, and massive spaces for entertaining. The multi-billion dollar couple will have a lot for their attorneys to sort out in the next little while, but at least they’ll be living in comfort while they work things out.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's House (Google Maps)
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's House

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid were one of Hollywood’s prettiest couples. The former One Direction supersinger and the gorgeous high fashion model dated for four years, and even had a baby together in 2020. However, after family disputes, the couple broke up in November 2021.

During most of the pandemic, the couple were living at a ranch in New Hope, Pennsylvania, next to property owned by Gigi’s mom, Yolanda Hadid.

Yolanda Hadid's House (Google Maps)
Yolanda Hadid's House

In 2018, Zayn closed on a New York penthouse for $10.7 million. The pad has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a 1,000 square foot terrace, and a generous 4,000 square feet of living space. That’s a lot of space for any house, but in NYC, it’s crazy! But this guy is worth more than $75 million, so he can afford it.

Elon Musk and Grimes

Elon seems to be at the peak of his game. His electric car company Tesla has a reputation for being one of the coolest cars on the market. SpaceX has been making headlines for successfully making trips into space. He’s the richest man in the world!

But in September 2021, it was announced that his relationship of three years with Grimes, a creative and unique singer, producer and all-around musician, had reached its final conclusion. The couple had a baby boy in 2020, and have announced they at least “semi-separated.” But they’re still living together, for now.

Elon has also recently sold most of his real estate, and his personal property, and moved into a tiny 400 square foot box house set on the property of SpaceX in Texas.

SpaceX South Texas launch site (StreetView)
SpaceX South Texas launch site

Bill and Melinda Gates

In May 2021, it was announced that Bill and Melinda Gates were getting divorced. To many, the news was a shock, as the couple had been together for nearly 35 years. It turns out, the couple had been quietly divorcing for two years before the news was made public.

The news drew quite a bit of unwelcome attention to Bill’s personal life and decisions in the past. The divorce took two years to finalize because of the massive assets the couple had. Together, they were worth about $152 billion in 2021!

Their primary home outside Seattle, Washington is estimated to be worth $130 million! In the 66,000 square feet of living space are a trampoline room, seven bedrooms (only?) and 18.75 bathrooms. Outside it has a 60 foot pool complete with an underwater music system. No word yet on who will keep the house. Good thing they’re both loaded because it’ll cost a fortune to clean it!

Bill Gates' House (Birds Eye)
Bill Gates' House

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez

Engaged and close to tying the knot, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were a power couple until the abruptly split in April 2021. Both Jennifer and Alex love to date high-profile people, and it seemed like a match made in heaven for the four years they were together.

The couple bought a pad in Malibu in 2019 for $6.6 million. The beachfront property once belonged to Jeremy Piven. The three-story home has about 4,400 square feet, and is hidden behind a private entrance and gorgeous landscaping designed to increase privacy. The couple sold the home before they broke up, which makes separating assets a little easier.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's House (Google Maps)
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's House

Both Jennifer and Alex have ties to Miami, so it was a no-brainer that they bought a $33 million mansion. It has a gorgeous pool for when the direct boat access to the ocean doesn’t cut it. The interior decor is opulent, with deep wood walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and high-end finishing. No word yet on who will keep the house.

Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez's House (Birds Eye)
Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez's House

While celebrities may be just like us in the break up department, they’re definitely not like us when it comes to finding a new pad post break up. If you’re going through a rough patch, just remember at least you’re not arguing over who has to keep up a $60 million LA mansion without proper sinks!