What’s the best thing about a celebrity engagement? The thrill of the upcoming wedding? The delight that fills your heart as you watch a committed couple exchange a promise of marriage? The feeling that love is, perhaps, not dead after all? Nope, none of those. It’s the rings. After all, a marriage might not last, but a decent engagement ring might. As a society we’re obsessed with those sparkly things, and the bigger and more ostentatious the better. And these 20 famous women didn’t let us down when it came to that element of their relationships.
20. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey’s had a few engagement rings over the years, but perhaps the most extravagant is the one James Packer gave her in 2016. Speaking to Vogue about the 35-carat gem, ring designer Wilfredo Rosado said, “I wanted to create a ring that could not be measured up to.” And judging by the grin on Carey’s face, we think he did just that.
19. Sofía Vergara
Sofía Vergara’s engagement ring from fellow star Joe Manganiello is unusually made of platinum and features a huge central cushion-cut diamond. And it obviously fulfilled her requirements, as the actress and model has previously joked that she only said yes to her future husband after first checking on the quality of the ring. Cheeky!
18. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian’s first engagement ring from husband Kanye West was a superior 15-carat gem that set him back millions. Then he gave her another which cost even more! Unfortunately, this last sparkler was stolen when the reality star was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in 2016; luckily, though, she still has the original. Well, one ring is definitely better than none…
17. Miley Cyrus
Liam Hemsworth wanted “something unusual” for his proposal to Miley Cyrus in 2012. So, in his own words, designer Neil Lane created “a contemporary design based on vintage aesthetics.” And featuring as it does a center stone cut in the 19th century, the three-and-a-half-carat diamond sparkler is simple yet beautiful.
16. Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge’s stunning, sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring is perhaps the only modern-day engagement ring to have its own Wikipedia page. It once belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales, and her son Prince William used it to propose to Kate in 2010. Aww.
15. Jennifer Aniston
In 2012 Jennifer Aniston’s fiancé Justin Theroux gave her a massive diamond engagement ring worth a cool $1 million. But the Friends star wasn’t completely sold on the ten-carat piece at first, telling The New York Times in 2015, “It took me a while to get used to it.” Well, there’s just no pleasing some people!
14. Katie Holmes
Never one to do things by halves, Tom Cruise gave Katie Holmes a unique and very expensive engagement ring back in 2005. It’s made of rose gold and platinum with an oval-shaped gem set in diamonds and is both chic and elegant – just like Holmes.
13. Blac Chyna
The engagement ring given to model Blac Chyna by Rob Kardashian in 2016 apparently cost around $325,000. That’ll be down to the seven-carat diamond it features, then, which is suitably big and blingy for a Kardashian. And, reportedly, Chyna loves it.
12. Carrie Underwood
Country star Underwood was given a flawless yellow, five-carat diamond sparkler by her fiancé, hockey pro Mike Fisher. Designed by jeweler Johnathan Arndt, it’s thought to be worth over $1 million. Plus, it matches her hair!
Beyoncé’s platinum engagement ring from Jay Z was dreamed up by celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz and features a huge 18-carat diamond. And given its $5 million price tag, this is one piece of high-class bling. Somewhat amusingly, though, Beyoncé apparently doesn’t wear it much as it’s too heavy. Yep, really.
10. Elizabeth Taylor
Famously, actress Elizabeth Taylor went through multiple engagement rings. One of the largest and most spectacular she owned, though, was the 30-carat emerald Cartier stunner she received from producer Michael Todd. What’s more, he also gave her a matching tiara – which is just showing off, really.
9. Chrissy Teigen
John Legend proposed to model Chrissy Teigen with a beautiful cushion-cut ring in a diamond-studded band. And while Teigen has since revealed few other details about the piece, she has nevertheless shown it off on social media – a lot.
In 2012 reality TV star Snooki received a princess-cut, five-carat engagement ring worth $55,000 from her fiancé Jionni LaValle. Plus, he helped design the ring himself as a surprise for her! Good job, LaValle, good job.
7. Khloé Kardashian
Khloé Kardashian’s radiant-cut engagement ring from Lamar Odom isn’t quite as massive as her sister’s one from Kanye West, but it’s still mightily impressive. A 12.5-carat piece made by Vartan’s Fine Jewelry, it cost a whopping $850,000.
6. Jesy Nelson
Little Mix star Jesy Nelson received a beautiful heart-shaped diamond ring worth over $60,000 just before going on stage to perform in 2015. As soon as the show started, then, she got to show off the ring – from then-fiancé Jake Roche – to all her fans.
5. Jessica Biel
The ring Justin Timberlake gave to actress Jessica Biel in 2012 is both massive and massively expensive. In fact, the vintage-style, square-cut diamond-featuring piece apparently cost the singer $130,000. Still, there’s no doubt that, like his wife, it’s pretty gorgeous.
4. Paris Hilton
When Paris Hilton’s short-lived engagement to Paris Latsis began in 2005, she was gifted an absolutely colossal 24-carat diamond ring worth an astonishing $4.7 million. Unfortunately, even that grand gesture wasn’t enough to make the wedding actually go ahead.
3. Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway’s six-carat engagement ring was designed by top jewelers Kwiat with help from her now-husband Adam Shulman. And there’s something else extra special about it: all its jewels were sourced ethically. Neat.
2. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
When it came to buying model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley a diamond engagement ring, Jason Statham – like the characters he plays – didn’t pull any punches. So he gifted her a five-carat diamond dazzler worth $350,000, which no one could miss when she showed it off at the 2016 Golden Globes.
1. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were the power couple back in 2003, and Affleck cemented that partnership with a pink, six-carat diamond ring worth $2.5 million. When they split up, though, she gave it back to him. But let’s face it – JLo could definitely snap up another even more gorgeous bauble if she so chose.
But while these stars have been making up, others have been breaking up. These 20 celebrity splits were so cruel, they’ll make you realize that dating and marrying in Tinseltown isn’t always sparkles and dazzling diamond rings.
20. Katy Perry and Russell Brand
In 2011 Katy Perry and Russell Brand became the poster children for how not to do breakups. That’s because on the penultimate day of that year Brand sent a text message to Perry telling her he was divorcing her after just over a year of marriage. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t stay friends.
19. Laura Dern and Billy Bob Thornton
Jennifer Aniston may not like Angelina Jolie much, but chances are Laura Dern doesn’t either. Why? Well, Angie was the woman her fiancé Billy Bob Thornton abandoned her for. “I left our home to work on a movie, and while I was away my boyfriend got married and I’ve never heard from him again,” Dern told Talk magazine. Ouch.
18. Adam Levine and Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson’s relationship with Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine in the mid ’00s did not end remotely well. In fact, he reportedly ended it with just four words sent by text. They were these: “Really busy. Need space.” He could have at least put a little more effort into it.
17. Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts
In 1991 Julia Roberts ditched her engagement with Dylan McDermott in order to instead get engaged to Kiefer Sutherland – and it was a disaster. Such a disaster, in fact, that she called the wedding off three days before it would’ve happened. And she didn’t tell Sutherland herself but got a friend to do it. No wonder she ended up starring in Runaway Bride…
16. Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas
In 2008 Taylor Swift revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show just how her teenage relationship with fellow singer Joe Jonas had come to an end. And it wasn’t pretty. He had broken up with her via a phone call that had lasted a mere 27 seconds. Yikes.
15. Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin
Sylvester Stallone isn’t known for being a sweet talker, but when he split up with model Jennifer Flavin in 1994, he sent her a six-page letter via FedEx. Naturally, she wasn’t pleased in the slightest. It wasn’t all over for the couple, though. They eventually reconciled and, in 1997, got married.
14. Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks
Jason Derulo actually admitted to ditching Jordin Sparks in one of the harshest possible ways. In a 2014 radio interview on New York’s Power 105.1, the singer admitted that he’d dumped her “over the phone… I wasn’t in town.” What, he couldn’t have waited?!
13. Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora
Poor Richie Sambora. When his wife Heather Locklear filed for divorce, she somehow neglected to tell him. So when a reporter asked the touring rocker if things were all right at home, he responded in the affirmative and talked about how happy he would be to see her for Valentine’s Day. Ouch.
12. Jarret Stoll and Rachel Hunter
Hockey player Jarret Stoll of the Los Angeles Kings broke off his wedding to model Rachel Hunter in the worst possible way. He emailed her, two months before it was due to happen, to tell her it was off! Hunter, who had already thrown herself into wedding preparations, was devastated.
11. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck
When “Bennifer” finally came to an end, it was with a whimper rather than with a bang. Somewhat shamefully, Ben Affleck called off his wedding to Jennifer Lopez just a few days before it was due to happen. “I don’t think I had ever been heartbroken in that way before,” Lopez told Behind the Music in 2010.
10. Ariana Grande and Jai Brooks
In a 2013 interview with Complex magazine, Ariana Grande talked about her worst ever breakup. “The worst way I’ve been broken up with was probably over a text message the opening night of my tour right before I was about to go on stage,” she said. And it didn’t take the internet long to identify the culprit: her one-time boyfriend Jai Brooks.
9. Kevin Federline and Shar Jackson
Before he became known as Britney’s beau, Kevin Federline was partner to actress Shar Jackson. But when he met the pop princess, he ditched Jackson… while she was pregnant with their second child. And while Federline did eventually apologize to her on a 2010 episode of Celebrity Fit Club, it may very well have been a case of too little, too late.
8. Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris
Hugh Hefner, Playboy tycoon – unlucky in love? Yep. In 2011 his would-be wife Crystal Harris called off the wedding just five days before the event, leaving Hefner to sadly tweet, “The wedding is off. Crystal has had a change of heart.” But eventually she changed her mind and married him in 2012.
7. Porsha Williams and Kordell Stewart
TV personality Porsha Williams had an absolute nightmare of a breakup. One quiet day in 2013, she woke up from a nap, went onto Twitter… and found out that her husband Kordell Stewart was divorcing her. And he was sitting in the next room. She marched through to confront him, but she’s never revealed exactly what was said. However, it probably wasn’t nice.
6. Billy Crudup and Mary-Louise Parker
Billy Crudup pulled the ultimate betrayal in 2003 when he left his seven-months-pregnant long-term partner Mary-Louise Parker for a younger model, Claire Danes. Needless to say, Crudup and Danes received large amounts of backlash. “I was just in love with him,” Danes said in a 2015 Howard Stern interview. “I didn’t quite know what those consequences would be.”
5. Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke
Clint Eastwood may have once been a heartthrob, but based on past behavior, he isn’t the sort of person you would actually want to get romantically involved with. For example, once his relationship with his long-time partner and co-star Sondra Locke came to an end in April 1989, he simply changed the locks and moved her stuff out while she was away. Harsh.
4. Kesha Ni’Cole Nichols and Richard Jefferson
Dancer Kesha Ni’Cole Nichols had her 2009 wedding to NBA star Richard Jefferson canceled via email – the night before! Though she told Good Morning America a week after the fact that she “wasn’t in shock” when she received it, it’s still a remarkably impersonal way to end a relationship.
3. Tiki Barber and Ginny Cha
It’s a special kind of brutal to ditch your wife and the mother of your children while she’s eight months pregnant with twins. But that’s exactly what footballer Tiki Barber did to his wife Ginny, running off as he did with a pinup model who had previously pretended to be a babysitter. Then to make matters worse, he compared his having to lie low after the media fallout to Anne Frank having to hide from Nazis. Bad move, dude.
2. Kevin Federline and Britney Spears
For Kevin Federline, what went around came around. After ditching Shar Jackson for Britney Spears, he became the ditchee – live on camera, no less – when Spears sent him a text message saying that their two-year marriage was over. And the fallout was incredibly painful.
1. Matt Damon and Minnie Driver
One of the most infamous public ditchings of all time came at the hands of Matt Damon when he appeared on Oprah in 1998. He was asked if he and girlfriend Minnie Driver were still a couple, and he said no – which was news to Driver. Later, she bitterly described his actions to the L.A. Times as “fantastically inappropriate.”