How to leave your lover

There are many ways of doing it, and they're all just as effective

1 . Live on television

Katie Price broke the news that she was considering ditching Alex Reid during an interview on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in 2009

2. On Oprah

Matt Damon told Oprah that he and Minnie Driver were no longer together. It was said to be the first Minnie had heard of it

3. Fake your own death

Make a clean break, just like the cheating pair in the play The Mercy Seat, who "disappear" on September 12, 2001, the day after they were both supposed to be in the World Trade Centre, but were in fact on an illicit rendezvous

4. Get a cuddly toy to deliver the message for you

An American company called Break Up Bears claims to offer a service sending doleful toy bears bearing Dear John letters in satchels. The jilted one gets to keep the bear

5. Cryptically

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman; Cruise's statement read: "Nicole knows why." He dodged questions about it, while Kidman was still asking what went wrong

6. At the altar

It's not just Dustin Hoffman who can extract women from their fiances at the very last moment. An Australian groom left his bride at the altar - for a man

7 . Become a Scientologist

Jennifer Lopez's marriage break-up from husband Marc Anthony was reportedly because of arguments over the singer's alleged Scientology beliefs

8. Leave the country

Julia Roberts reportedly jumped ship, and time zones, days before her planned wedding to Kiefer Sutherland, later leaving the US for Ireland

9. Become too famous for them

Aishwarya Rai met Rajeev Mulchandani when she started as a model. She dumped him for the more famous Salman Khan, when Bollywood came knocking

10. In a hospital ward

US presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich visited his wife in hospital after she underwent surgery for cancer - to discuss the terms of their divorce. Gingrich vehemently disputes the account

11. Crash the car...

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren split, prompting reports of affairs with at least 14 women. He crashed his car outside their home after an alleged row

12. Get thrown in jail

One of literature's greatest lovers, John Donne, was severed from his 17-year-old wife Anne, when her uncle sent him into Fleet prison. They were reunited when he got out

13. Discover your spouse is your sister

In 2008, the House of Lords was told the toe-curling story of the twins separated at birth, who met in later life and married. They annulled the marriage when they found out the truth

14 . Move out without telling your partner

According to the actress Laura Dern, she returned home from time away filming in 2000 to find her boyfriend Billy Bob Thornton had left her for Angelina Jolie


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