As National Divorce Day hits at the start of January, we’ve seen a significant increase in couples not fighting over who gets the house, the children and the cars, but a shift towards super scraps over their pups!

Celebrities are no exception, with many of our favourite couples not only breaking our hearts by splitting up, but by using their dogs as cannon fodder in the process.


Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhal

Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal became entangled in a tug of war over the custody of their dog, Lovey, in 2004. This quirky Hollywood couple bought their dog whilst in the throes of love, but struggled to make visitation arrangements for their beloved German Shepherd once they had parted ways, despite remaining friends.

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Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattinson

The KPattz cheating drama of 2012 hit tweens hard, and despite the fact that Kirsten and Robert tried to make it work, they eventually went their separate ways a year later. Forced to pick between this regrettable uncoupling were their pooches, Bear and Bernie. After moving out of their home together, Robert took the dogs, much to the dismay of Kirsten Stewart who was left not only without her Twilight soulmate, but without her best friends too.
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Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton

Hard as nails Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher severely missed his two sausage dogs Brigitte Bardot and Ruby Tuesday after he and AllSaints singer, Nicole Appleton, split in 2013. The media stated that Liam was looking to steal his beloved pooches back from his ex, but he came to his senses, vowing to apply for joint custody of the dogs.

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Cheryl Cole and Ashley Cole

Way back in 2010, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini was Cheryl Cole, and after divorcing England football star Ashley Cole, won custody of their two Chihuahuas Buster and Coco. As dramatic revelations came to light regarding Ashley’s private life, Cheryl was granted full access to her favourite furry friends and Ashley was left in the dog house.

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Rory McIlroy and Holly Sweeney

Golfing ace Rory McIlroy and childhood sweetheart Holly Sweeney entered into a canine custody arrangement when they split after six years in 2011. Holly was given specific visitation rights to see their labradoodle, Theo and cocker spaniel, Gus, with her and Rory remaining amicable throughout.

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Britney Spears and Kevin Federline

After Britney Spears’ infamous breakdown in 2007, husband at the time Kevin Federline was given full custody of their two children Jayden and Sean. But animal charity PETA also cried out for their Yorkshire Terrier, London, as they were worried for the safety of both her and the couple’s many other pets.

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Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

After multiple infidelities were revealed, Elin Nordegren walked away with $110 million of golf ace Tiger Woods’ fortune and joint custody of their two children, but the custody of their three dogs is still unclear.

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

It seems that in spite of the financial prenuptial arrangement that Mariah and Nick Cannon entered into, they failed to include their treasured pets, which left them with a messy custody battle for their eight dogs.

Even though celebrity exes give the impression that dividing custody of their children is a walk in the park, when it comes to their pets, it appears to be harder to split time spent with each of the twosome. A recent development shows couples are now taking extra precautionary measures by employing a puppy pre-nup to make sure that, if they do split, they have already mutually decided the fate of their canine companion.

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