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Just Another False Alarm: Seven Scandalous* Celebrity Broken Engagements You Probably Forgot Ever Happened

By Cindy Davis | Lists | August 5, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | August 5, 2014 |

Last week when Kiefer Sutherland had to swat away Freddie Prinze Jr., I read through the Sutherland/24 Wikis to see which season Prinze was referring to (Prinze was that memorable), when I was reminded about the whole Kiefer and Julia Roberts mess. I’d pretty much forgotten the two had ever been engaged. Gosh, remember when Roberts’ personal life as tabloid fodder was as big a deal as Brangelina? That got me to thinking about the other big broken engagements that played out either in, or (purportedly) because of media and public attention, and as you all know, that means it’s time for another Seriously Random List.

*Okay, I lied. It’s actually Six Scandalous — and One Nice — Broken Engagement.

7. Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson


Engaged December 2009 - August 2010. The Breakup: Supposedly, Manson kicked Wood’s brother out of his home…or it may have their age difference (he was 36 and she, 19), or he might have been controlling, abusive or cheating. In other words, who knows?

6. Emily Blunt and Michael Buble


Engaged 2006 - 2008. The Breakup: Buble allegedly cheated (possibly supported with published photos taken by the other woman).

5. Demi Moore and Emilio Estevez


Engaged 1985 - 1987. The Breakup: Allegedly, friendly…which is really cool.

4. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez


Engaged November 2002 - January 2004. The Breakup: Too much media scrutiny (that had to be Affleck, because that would never apply to JLo).

3. Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow


Engaged December 1996 - June 1997. The Breakup: Gwyneth allegedly cheated on Brad with John Hannah, her Sliding Doors co-star.

2. Jude Law and Sienna Miller


Engaged December 2004 - November 2006. The Breakup: Law admitted to cheating on Miller with his children’s nanny.

1. Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts


Engaged August 1990 - June 1991. The Breakup: Julia found out Kiefer was (allegedly) cheating with a stripper, so Julia ran off with his best friend (Jason Patric) on what would have been their wedding day. Suh-lam.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) has broken a few engagements herself.