Is Science Behind 2015’s MANY A-List Break-Ups?

In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s been a terrible trend sweeping the celebrity circuit this year. BREAK-UPS.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green. Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick… There were so many splits over summer, we started to lose faith in love altogether.

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Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting also called it quits.... Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting also called it quits in 2016….


But now, we’ve learnt that there may actually be a scientific reason behind this record-breaking year of break-ups. And it’s so interesting. 

According to The New York Times, there could have been a few factors at play – the time of the year, the ‘trend’ of breaking-up, and the stars’ work schedule, that all contributed to the many, many 2015 splits. 

Amanda Seyfriend and Justin Long Amanda Seyfriend and Justin Long are no more…


1) Summertime: The summer months in particular this year saw a crazy number of A-listers calling time on their relationships. And the timing might not have been accidental..

‘Summer is not prime media season,’ Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman told the NYT. ‘TV ratings trend lower and magazine and newspapers have generally lower circulation.’ So basically, the exes could have been taking advantage of the sleepy press not reporting their split as widely. Ooh…

megan fox and brian austin green Seriously, Brian. How could you let Megan Fox go?!


2) Scheduling: Did anyone else notice that most of the stars who split this year (Ben and Jen, Gwen and Gavin) happened to not be promoting anything at the time? This was also probably done on purpose. 

‘If you’re shooting a film or promoting one, you don’t want to do anything that is going to distract you,’ Rachel A. Sussman, a New York City psychotherapist, said. ‘Celebrities will put off a breakup or a divorce until a time in their career when they can go on the down low.’ Makes sense.

Zayn Malik and fiance perrie edwards selfie Zayn and Perrie’s tumultuous split was widely covered this summer…


3) The trend: This is a pretty depressing theory, but the experts also comment that celebrities could have gained inspiration from fellow couples splitting. The high number of celebrity splits ‘may have encouraged some [celebrities] whose relationships were fraying to jump in, hoping they would be lost in the shuffle,’ Bragman said.

Sean Penn and Charlize Theron We honestly thought Sean Penn and Charlize Theron were in it for keeps…