Celebrities: they’re just like us! They, too, face the same issues we civilians do when getting divorced: children, property, and money, money, money. The only difference is, they often air their dirty laundry in front of millions of people. Here are 4 examples of divorcing celebrities behaving badly.

Charlie Sheen & Denise Richards:  First, a series of voicemails and emails from Sheen to Richards were released, wherein he called her a “sad, jobless pig” and a “terrible mom,” and suggested she go cry to her “bald mom,” who was undergoing chemotherapy at the time. Richards fired back, outing Sheen as an abusive, gambling, porn addict. To their credit, they seem to have ultimately chosen civility for the sake of their two daughters.

Paul McCartney & Heather Mills: When the beloved former Beatle filed for divorce from his second wife, tabloids launched into an attack on Mills, accusing her of everything from prostitution to gold-digging. Mills fired back, accusing McCartney of emotional and physical abuse. Even Paul’s daughter got in on the mud-slinging action.

Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger: While their divorce initially began fairly amicably, a custody battle over their daughter quickly turned things ugly. Baldwin accused Basinger of turning their daughter against him, but quickly lost any public sympathy when he called his daughter a “rude little pig” and threatened to “straighten her out” in a series of leaked voicemails. Baldwin later apologized, but blamed Basinger for the incident, citing parental alienation.

Liza Minelli & David Guest: After 14 months of marriage, Minelli and Guest began a bitter and very public divorce. Guest accused Minelli of alcohol fueled physical abuse and hiding a case of herpes, and Minelli accused Guest of drugging her and trying to pilfer her fortune.

The above couples could collectively write the book on what NOT to do when getting divorced. Learn from their mistakes and try to keep your interactions with your ex-spouse as clean as possible. Check out our series on communicating with your ex for more tips.

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