7 Sweet Celebs That Dated Mean People

All is fair in love and war, but some people take the former a bit too liberally. Some people turn into the vilest scum of the Earth once they become part of a serious relationship, which often leads to tragedy and lots of mental scarring. Celebrities are no exception to this rule, where the only real upside is that we can get domestic abuse more out in the open.

Let’s take a look at some celebrities that suffered through and survived being in relationships with less than stellar people.


Well, we all know about this, don’t we? Rihanna’s relationship with Chris Brown is infamous for being very abusive, reaching its peak in 2009 when the pictures of a severely battered and bruised Rihanna leaked in the press. And although Rihanna has split from Chris now, this wasn’t the last time he was charged for being abusive towards women.

Pamela Anderson

Pamela infamously married Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee only 96 hours after having met him (yes, that’s four days). The relationship ended in Tommy infecting Pamela with Hepatitis C, him physically assaulting Pam and subjecting their children to abuse and inappropriate viewing materials. She was genuinely concerned for the emotional well-being of her children.

Sarah Hyland

The young Modern Family star had a well-known relationship with actor Matt Prokop which ended in abuse and severe physical violence. She ended up having a restraining order against Prokop and after the entire situation came to light, his acting career has been instantly reduced to nothing. Hyland is now working closely with SHE RECOVERS, an organization that helps abuse survivors.

Elton John

That’s right, men also get abused. Well, still abused by men, I guess. Elton’s first big love was his manager at the time, who was known for having a bit of a temper. While his aggression was only aimed at other people and stemmed from “a need to protect John”, Elton eventually had to sue him for financial misuse, leading to a 4,5 million dollar settlement out of court.

Melissa Benoist

The Supergirl star also hasn’t been free from abuse in her life. It started off as her ex-husband asking her not to do kissing scenes or flirtatious scenes with men and ended up with him becoming physically abusive towards her. Melissa never called her abuser by name, but her ex-husband did admit to being the abuser and somehow tried to spin it so Melissa was also partly responsible for the abuse.

Hayden Panettiere

The typical girl next door actress most known for her role in Heroes has sadly also been the victim of longtime physical abuse. Only last year her ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson was arrested and sentenced to 45 days in jail for physically abusing her. It was revealed then that Panettiere had been suffering from abuse for years before it got to the point of her getting him put in jail.

Evan Rachel Wood

Another one you’ve probably heard of. Evan Rachel Wood had mentioned her being a victim of sexual assault while being in a relationship. There was much speculation about who might have done such a thing and many fingers pointed towards shock rocker Marilyn Manson, which later turned out to be true. Manson denies all allegations, but at least a dozen women have told similar stories about their relationship with him.