It’s not unusual for men to go through a mid-life crisis in their 40s or 50s. In an effort to feel younger, many men choose to update their wardrobe, get hair plugs or buy a sports car when they hit middle age. In Hollywood, however, nothing screams mid-life crisis like a man who suddenly decides to trade his faithful companion for a younger model. Here are five stars who’ve left their wives for much younger women.
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5. Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor, the acclaimed Scottish actor, always seemed like such a nice guy. With a permanent smile on his face, he was prone to gush about his wife and daughters in interviews. Yet recently, the Trainspotting actor showed a new side of himself when he left his wife of 22 years, Eve Mavrakis, for his Fargo co-star, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who is 14 years his junior. The 46-year-old dad of four met the actress last year prior to filming the series. Winstead, who is said to have had a crush on the actor for years, was invited to the McGregor family home for dinner after the two were cast in Fargo. Little did Mavrakis know that a year later, her husband would leave her for the 10 Cloverfield Lane actress to the dismay of many fans.
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4. Johnny Depp
Though not legally married, Johnny Depp and French singer Vanessa Paradis were one of Hollywood’s most enduring couples, having spent 14 years together. The relationship, which resulted in two children, daughter Lily-Rose and son Jack, came to a screeching halt when the Edward Scissorhands star got friendly with actress Amber Heard while filming The Rum Diary in 2011. The following year, Depp left his 40-year-old companion for the 26-year-old blonde bombshell. The two ended up marrying in February 2015, only to end up in a bitter divorce a year later in which Heard accused Depp of physically abusing her.
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3. Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer seemed like a fairly straight-laced guy on Cheers and Fraiser, yet in real-life his wandering eye got the best of him. Grammer, who had wed wife Camille in 1997, seemed happily married to the mother of his two sons. Yet in 2010, our favorite TV psychiatrist was served with divorce papers after his better half discovered that he got the 29-year-old British flight attendant Kayte Walsh pregnant. Two short weeks after finalizing his divorce, Grammer married the stewardess, who is 27 years younger than him.
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2. Rowan Atkinson
Comedian Rowan Atkinson, known to most as Mr. Bean, is not what you’d call a hunk by any stretch of the imagination. Yet in 2014, the actor called it quits with his wife of 23 years, Sunetra, after meeting actress Louise Ford, 31, while starring in the play Quartermaine’s Terms in London. Atkinson, who has two children with his former wife, was deemed to have displayed “unreasonable behavior” by the judge who granted his ex’s divorce in a record 65 seconds.
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1. Mel Gibson
After 31 years of marriage, Mad Max star Mel Gibson divorced his wife Robyn Denise Moore. The famously Catholic actor had seven children with Moore, yet after a string of high profile incidents, which nearly saw him blacklisted from Hollywood, Gibson separated from his wife. It took the two five years to finalize their divorce in which Moore received a record $400 million settlement. In the meantime, the Australian actor got cozy with Oksana Grigorieva, a Russian pianist, who is 14 years his junior. Alas, things did not end well for the couple. After a year together, the pair split amidst rumors of domestic violence.
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