Five celebrity break-ups that made headlines in 2018

Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower

Probably the least expected break-up of 2018 was that of Hollywood actor Robert de Niro and Grace Hightower.

They were married for more than two decades, when, in November, The Independent reported that the couple would be getting divorced.

They have two children, 20-year old Elliott and six-year-old Helen Grace.

De Niro and Hightower had a divorce scare in 1999, but worked through their differences, renewing their vows in 2004.

Fans are crossing their fingers that the couple can salvage their marriage, despite reports that they are living apart.

‘Dash’ Mkhathini and Ayanda Thabethe

Dreamteam rapper Mthoko “Dash” Mkhathini and Top Billing presenter Ayanda Thabethe waited a couple of years before going public with their relationship. 

Dash said: “When a relationship starts off, you meet in private areas and have private confirmations until you get comfortable to tell others about it.”

And when they did eventually let fans in on their relationship, the pair activated #RelationshipGoals envy on social media. 

People who were rooting for the couple were unpleasantly surprised when Ayanda confirmed their split in November.

“I’m single again. I’ll always think the world of him,” she responded to a fan on Instagram. 

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